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PIUG Presentation: GENE or GENUS? Genetic Sequence Motifs and Their Influence on Patentability

posted Oct 14, 2009, 11:16 PM by Kris Atkinson   [ updated Jun 6, 2016, 6:46 PM ]

PIUG Presentation: GENE or GENUS?  Genetic Sequence Motifs and Their Influence on Patentability  Presented at PIUG Annual Meeting, Vancouver WA May 23, 2016.  The profound effect of Supreme Court rulings on the character of what constitutes patentable subject matter has opened a labyrinth of complex factors, leading to IP reassessment and new R&D directions.  As genetic engineering evolves toward more careful handling of natural sequences in response to the pivotal patentability decisions on products of nature, the issue of genetic motifs will become an increasing focus of interest. This presentation examines what gene motifs are and how to identify them, the motivation to exploit them, and the pitfalls arising from literal chemical sequence alignment.  We will survey computer tools that may be used for parsing and analyzing motifs, and look at how motifs are described, considering their relationship with obviousness, prior art and genus/species claims.

The full presentation is available to PIUG members at their website,

Nonpatent Literature treatise published

posted Oct 14, 2009, 11:11 PM by Kris Atkinson   [ updated Jun 6, 2016, 7:06 PM ]

Reinventing Nonpatent Literature Searching for Pharmaceutical Patenting by Kristine H. Atkinson. 2015, Pharmaceutical Patent Analyst vol. 4, pp. 371-375. Atkinson NPL
This paper explores the definition, sources and management of nonpatent literature (NPL), and addresses the challenges for effective use of NPL in contemporary pharmaceutical patent practice. With increasing pressure in the patent universe to adhere to more closely interpreted rules accompanied by a surfeit of technical art, there is renewed interest in properly discovering and applying NPL. Inchoate patent law and judicial interpretation, aggravated by the accretion of technical knowledge over time, make this an endeavor requiring insightful judgment and renovated practices to exploit the wellspring of available patent and research information.

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