Jefferson et al.: Transparency tools in gene patenting for informing policy and practice

Professor Dr. Osmat A. Jefferson, Deniz Köllhofer, Thomas H. Ehrich, and Professor Dr. Richard A. Jefferson, all of Queensland University of Technology, have published Transparency tools in gene patenting for informing policy and practice, Nature Biotechnology, 31, 1086-1093 (2013).

Here is a summary:

[… There is] a pressing need for precise analysis of patents that disclose and reference genetic sequences, especially in the claims. Similarly, data sets, standards compliance and analytical tools must be improved—in particular, data sets and analytical tools must be made openly accessible—in order to provide a basis for effective decision making and policy setting to support biological innovation. Here, we present a web-based platform that allows such data aggregation, analysis and visualization in an open, shareable facility. To demonstrate the potential for the extension of this platform to global patent jurisdictions, we discuss the results of a global survey of patent offices that shows that much progress is still needed in making these data freely available for aggregation in the first place.

The platform described in the article is The Lens (also called Patent Lens).

The technology described in the article is distributed through a nonprofit organization called Cambia.

Richard Jefferson discusses the article in a new interview in Scientific American: Seth Fletcher: Can Machine Learning Fix a Broken Patent System?

Click here for earlier posts on patent information systems.

HT Tom Bruce

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