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Compass Beats ‘Magic Mushroom’ Patent Challenges by Nonprofit

June 23, 2022, 10:16 PM

A nonprofit group lost its bid for administrative review of two Compass Pathfinder Ltd. patents related to the production of psilocybin, the active ingredient in “magic mushrooms.”

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board said Freedom to Operate Inc. hadn’t sufficiently established that any of the challenged patent claims are invalid. Compass’ patents, issued in March 2021, relate to large-scale production of psilocybin for use in medicine.

Freedom to Operate describes itself as a nonprofit group “seeking to advance science and education.” Its founder, Carey Turnbull, said in a letter posted on the group’s website that Compass “has used their resources ...