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Can you patent a Woolly Mammoth? An unclear ethical line in
de-extinction science

In a recent article in the popular science and technology publication Wired, writer Matt Reynolds explores the practical implications of why “You’re (Maybe) Gonna Need a Patent for That Woolly Mammoth”.

The idea that scientists are modifying DNA and racing to bring extinct species back from the dead may conjure up thoughts of worst-case scenarios as depicted in Jurassic Park films. If, like in the films, genetic engineering (cutting and pasting genes in DNA from two organisms to create new genetic material) is successful in resurrecting the woolly mammoth, does the inventiveness of combining two naturally pre-existing genes qualify the new species for patent protection? Or is the new organism protected by nature? More…

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Harnessing the value in patent
citations

With the increasing need for fully global citation analysis for international organisations, the volume and complexity of patent citations makes it a difficult area to efficiently navigate. However, with the right tools it is also an exceptionally valuable one. PatBase and Analytics V3 support innovators and legal professionals across all industries gain competitive and business intelligence by performing accurate patent citations analysis. More…

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Ordinary and Extraordinary
Valentine’s Day patents

Valentine’s Day, the day known for romantic couples to shower their other half with gifts and tokens of appreciation. Chocolates, flowers and jewellery are some of the most popular gifts to give and receive and, like any invention, many of these gifts are protected by patents. Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day or avoid it like the plague, here are some of the ordinary and extraordinary Valentine’s Day patents. More…

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Paving the way for a more inclusive
Industry 4.0

Paving the way for a more inclusive Industry 4.0

There is a significant gender gap that continues to exist in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields around the world. Even though we are seeing an increase in women pursuing these fields at a higher education level, they are still underrepresented post-graduation. With an aim to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, the United Nations General Assembly declared 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science in 2015. More…

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World Cancer Day: Innovations in the
fight against cancer

World Cancer Day: Innovations in the fight against cancer

Cancer is an affliction that has been known to humanity for thousands of years. According to a new study published in the British Journal of Cancer claiming 1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with the disease at some point in their lives, making the importance of research and development in this area is undeniable. During the past 250 years we have witnessed many ground-breaking discoveries in our efforts to fight cancer. Let’s take a closer look at some of these past and current developments that have helped prolong and save countless lives.

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The possible impact of AI on life
sciences IP strategies

The possible impact of AI on life sciences in IP strategies

A stream of recent licensing deals between big pharma companies and AI-driven drug development innovators reflects an evolution that has been picking up pace in recent years. Pharmaceutical companies are integrating, more and more, artificial intelligence and other data-based technologies into their business models. This trend suggests pharma innovators are leaning increasingly heavily on AI technology owners. The increase in cash flow into the healthcare AI sector could lead to several IP strategy implications for life sciences organisations, pointed out in IAM Media’s article. More…

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What does patent data reveal about
climate change mitigation technology trends?

What does patent data reveal about climate change mitigation technology trends?

Patent data is used by innovators and organisations to better understand a technology landscape, identify interesting areas for innovation and help inform on the commercial viability of an invention. With green technology a hot topic and the consequences of climate change very clear, patent data can reveal some interesting climate change mitigation technology trends, identify areas of growth, as well as areas that aren’t advancing quite so quickly. More…