March 9, 2009

AIDS researcher in legal battle

French researcher Luc Montagnier, who helped discover HIV, is accused by an inventor of allegedly stealing a technique that could cure AIDS.

Bruno Robert claims he has the intellectual property to a technique that uses electromagnetic signals to pinpoint HIV, or the human immunodeficiency virus, and other diseases, Britain's Daily Telegraph reported Monday.

Robert, who registered a patent for the process in November 2005, said he showed Montagnier his work on electromagnetic waves earlier that year. Monatgnier applied for the very same patent a month later, Robert said.

Robert's lawyer said Montagnier had agreed to pay for use of Robert's invention but never provided payment. Montagnier's lawyer said the agreement signed by the pair was not legally binding.

Montagnier was awarded a Nobel prize in 2008.