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:
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.
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.