Will the CRISPR patent landscape soon move to a one-stop license shopping?

The past 24 hours have brought new light and significant moves in the complex CRISPR patent landscape.

First (that was in European time zone!), our CRISPR expert Fabien Palazzoli celebrated the 1000th CRISPR patent family extraction out of the worldwide published patent databases. Our next monthly update will actually feature more than 1050 classified and categorized CRISPR patent families – more than 10 times the initial set of our first landscape release back in summer 2014!

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IP management training in Paris, November 25

Corinne Le Buhan will be teaching IP management “From IP strategy to IP operations” at next IEEPI session in Paris this Friday, November 25. This professional training will help you learn about practical IP strategies and key IP management challenges from various business environments, how to define your own organisation IP strategy and how to implement it in practice with various IP development, enforcement and commercialisation tactics.

In this one-day session, emphasis is put on practical management tools and checklists, illustrated with case studies from various industries, and a situational workshop experimentation.

A couple of seats are available as last minute registration – don’t miss yours!

More CRISPR interfering inventors may come from Vilnius

Earlier this month, we were interviewed by The Scientist regarding the side inventorship dispute between Feng Zhang and Luciano Marraffini on some of the Broad patent applications. Public registers at the USPTO, WIPO and the EPO expose further details of the otherwise un-publicized legal battles for invention ownership between their employers (the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT and Rockfeller University), back from the 2012-2013 early filings.

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Zoom on CAR-T in the CRISPR landscape

The CRISPR technology has a wide range of target applications, from agronomy to medicine. As we celebrate the 2nd birthday of CRISPR patent analytics services at IPStudies and the 4th year of the CRISPR-Cas9 invention, a few application areas show an increasing competitive activity in the landscape. On CAR-T (chimeric antigen receptor T) cell immunotherapy, we now find more than twenty patent applications in the CRISPR landscape. As could be expected from their marketing/communication, a number of pharmaceutical players and CRISPR technology development pioneers have actively positioned their IP in that domain, namely:

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What does the new patent box tax regime mean for your IP (and R&D) strategy?

Switzerland is preparing a major corporate tax law change to comply with the new OECD international tax practice recommendations (BEPS Action 5) [Update: Swiss Parliament voted the new law in June 2016 , but finally the law was not accepted by the Swiss citizens consulted by referendum in February 2017. A new tax reform in currently back in the legislative agenda, which will take a few more years. The content of this article is therefore obsolete.]

The former tax rulings regimes which were quite opaque and only accessible to multinationals will be abandoned in favour of a more transparent system, that will be more beneficial to local SMEs and corporations with active R&D in Switzerland, in particular through a couple of measures:

  1. A Swiss patent box, for optimising tax on benefits which can be bound to certain qualifying IP, such as patents and equivalent rights if substantial activities, i.e. local R&D expenditures, are effectively carried out by the taxpayer (here, Switzerland is aligning to the OECD rules, incl. the NEXUS ratio)
  2. R&D investment deduction incentives, for optimising R&D investments and thus encouraging innovation.

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CRISPR patent analytics – April 2016 update

For the first quarter of 2016, we have added another 105 patent families to our CRISPR patent monitoring set. The CRISPR patent landscape keeps on growing steadily, with on average one new CRISPR patent family publication every day.

Our updated claim coverage analysis confirms the trends and facts we’ve reported in our detailed January 2016 patent landscape. CRISPRCAS201604ClaimBreakdown

Less licensing deals have been announced in the past few months, as the whole industry is watching for USPTO updates on the  PTAB interference between two of the pioneering patent filings. More qualitative financial analysts are also now monitoring the outcome of this dispute, after the first successful CRISPR IPO (NASDAQ:EDIT) by Editas, a licensee of the pioneering Broad Institute patents, and the early April announcement of its own IPO filing by rival Intellia, a licensee of the pioneering University of California patent. In Europe, the CRISPR patent landscape is just as uncertain, with multiple (many anonymous – “strawman”) oppositions filed on the first granted patents.

While the uncertainty surrounding the licensing of the core technology patents is getting most media and business attention currently, the next rounds are already taking shape behind this main scene, with near 600 silent patent families claiming their own exclusive share of technology improvements, design-around attempts, and a myriad of specific application developments. There will be further disputes, settlements, and maybe even patent pools in the CRISPR era. The whole data is there, in multiple patent offices and databases – at IPStudies, we search, retrieve, sort and classify this data set to facilitate the CRISPR technology and competition watch for our customers: for more information on our patent landscape and patent monitoring services, check our CRISPR patent analytics offering or send us your inquiry through our contact form.