Anyone in the synthetic biology community is welcome to attend.
Wednesday September 26, 2007 at 12:00pm EST
Topic of discussion
Paul Oldham from Lancaster University - Synthetic Biology: Interrogating the Patent Landscape
- European Patent Office - Scenarios for the Future - download the pdf
- International patent classification scheme (there is also a U.S. patent classification scheme) - this can help in searching the patent literature
- There is no classification code for genomics, proteomics, or synthetic biology.
- The Thomson Corporation are the main player in the commercial software for full-text patent searching.
- Google is doing a pretty good job of enabling search of the U.S. patent database. But they haven't yet released anything for European patents. -TK
- Searches of the patent literature requires a lot of cleaning. "Synthetic cell" can yield results on underwear for example.
- Thomson's Micropatent Aureka Gold service allows construction of "patent landscapes". It clusters based of frequency of appearance of a set of stock terms.
- What are the terms that define synthetic biology?
- Patent citation searching; Top cited patents are cited heavily because either the invention is very novel or because the claims are very broad. This might be a useful way of searching the patent literature.
- Some companies have enormous numbers of patents - they can drown out companies with small numbers of patents that may be of interest.
- Patents are a trailing indicator ... they tend to come 3 years later. What are the leading indicators - information on the web or publications? Perhaps patent applications?
- How do I find patents I care about? - Jason
- getting the right set of search terms is really hard ... pretty easy to go too narrow or too broad
- Institute a broad search, then send those to a committee that decides whether that patent is synthetic biology or not (distributed network of folks) and classifies it. - TK
- Then you have to decide how to respond to overly broad patents. - Ken
- Then patent trolls have incentive to avoid getting flagged in the search process. - Ken
- You can partially find these folks by looking at conference attendee lists etc.
- What would patent trolls go after?
- Just because a patent exists, doesn't mean that it is valid or enforceable.
- It would be nice to search patented protein and DNA sequences. - Melina
- All patented sequences are in Genbank but there may not be a way to limit your search to patented sequences. - TK
Nuts and bolts of patent searching
- Friday 11-1pm
- E38 - 2nd floor conference room (above the MIT bookstore)
- aca AT mit DOT edu
Monday at 4pm at Science Center at Harvard
- A second round table discussion