Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna just received a few hours ago the Nobel prize in Chemistry 2020 for “the development of a method of genome editing”, namely their 2012 discovery of the CRISPR/Cas9 genetic scissors which basically enables to “cut and paste” DNA. This scientific discovery has fueled an unprecedented biotechnology development in the past 8 years. When we started to analyze the genome editing patent landscape in Spring 2014, there were only 96 patent families(*) in our records in relation with CRISPR. We have now more than 7400 in our latest records – and adding an average of 200 more every month in 2020. What does this data tell us on who has taken advantage in engineering new life sciences solutions out of this amazing scientific discovery, now confirmed worth a Nobel Prize?Continue reading
2020 is such a special year that we almost forgot to celebrate the 10th anniversary of IPStudies patent analytics activities… the local party is postponed to a later, post-COVID date, but we’d still like to take a look back at our first ten years of practice. Back in September 2010, patent mining and landscaping tools were still in their infancy, limited to basic quantitative counts over time and classes. Having experimented the benefit of using patent analytics data to guide R&D as well as M&A development choices in the high-tech corporate world, IPStudies’s founder, Corinne Le Buhan, envisioned the need to bring this information to Swiss technology “grown-ups” as early as possible in their product development cycle. By going beyond the extraction of austere lists of patent numbers to visually highlight their development context, it becomes much easier to benchmark and thus optimize the IP development positioning for companies exposed to highly competitive environments.Continue reading
Just as everyone, we heard the news on the first genetically engineered babies in mankind’s history. We took a closer look this morning into our patent data to check if there’s any published details already available. Indeed, the Chinese patent office publishes its data earlier than the other countries, sometimes as early as 3 months after the filing, so if the babies are born now, there’s a good chance that the Chinese patent data is already available.
Our expert Corinne Le Buhan will be speaking at the 10th anniversary of the Confederacy of European Patient Information User Groups (12 user groups, more than 1000 members) which will take place at Politecnico di Milano next week:
We celebrate our 5th anniversary of biotech patent analytics in 2018 – that is a bit younger than the 25th anniversary of BIO2018, but we’re joining the party in Boston!
CRISPR and more generally gene editing is on many agendas this year, and we’re taking this opportunity to release a couple of new IPStudies analytics report out of our unique, exhaustive review of CRISPR-related worldwide patent applications since mid-2014:
- a zoom on the micro-organisms subset of the landscape;
- a review of the IP strategy of an unexpected player which has constantly ranked in the top applicants of our landscape, besides being more specialized in the ZFN technology: Sangamo Biosciences
On the agriculture side, IAM just published this week some basic quantitative data analytics spotting DuPont as the leader in CRISPR patent assets. The IAM interview also highlighted some questions about the licensing position of DuPont in the CRISPR patent battle. This was quite surprising to read for us as this information has been publicly known since 2014 and regularly compiled in both our patent and licensing landscapes. Let’s take a closer scrutiny into the DuPont CRISPR assets. In our monitoring of licensing data since 2014, we have actually spotted DuPont Pioneer as one of the earliest player to position their licensing-in in a very strategic way:
The past six months have been very busy for IPStudies, serving our CRISPR monthly data monitoring to an increasing number of subscribers. We search, sort, analyze and classify an average of 100 new CRISPR patent families every month. We’ve also answered to a number of interviews with our latest statistical data as compiled in our August update of the 2017 CRISPR patent landscape. Here is a quick review of the past months significant updates in the CRISPR patent landscape:
SWISS PATENT INFORMATION USER GROUP
Neuchâtel, the 02.11.2017 – Patent information is a strategic resource for innovative companies all around the world. Data access, difficulties induced by Asian countries patent application increase or the need to master information processing software with increasing complexity are some of the challenges that the patent information users face.
To allow a free exchange of good practices and raise general public and major companies awareness of their profession, patent information user groups have been created in many European countries, based on the US PIUG model (Patent Information User Group).
Since such group didn’t exist in Switzerland, facing the need for a space of free exchange between professionals in a national economy relaying massively on Intellectual Property, several Swiss patent information professionals decided to create the CHPIUG – Swiss Patent Information User Group.
This association, created in September 2017, gave itself a double mission: allow professionals to meet and have free exchange about good practices and tools; present their profession to companies and general public with an emphasis on the strategic questions related to patent information. It also has the mission to allow interested professionals to train on patent information use.
The association is open to any professional interested in patent information, under the condition that his main IP operates sits in Switzerland.
For more information or to join the association: www.chpiug.ch
CHPIUG President firstname.lastname@example.org
CHPIUG Secretary email@example.com
Three years ago, we finalized our first CRISPR patent landscape analysis, at that time combined with an analysis of the TALE patent landscape which was then significantly larger. There were only 90 CRISPR patent families in this early analysis… that is less than the whole set of new CRISPR patent publications in the past single month: 116 additional patent families in our latest CRISPR patent analytics data set.
The CRISPR patent landscape keeps on steadily growing, with an additional 70 patent publications last month. We have now monitored more than 1400 patent families in our latest CRISPR patent analytics data set. In the past few weeks, our patent landscape data was quoted in the WIPO magazine coverage of CRISPR, while our expert Fabien Palazzoli had the opportunity to present his latest findings at the Cell Line Development and Engineering conference in Amsterdam and to Deftech in Switzerland.