Focus on Patent Lens

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Patent Lens is a free patent search system from Cambia with a few features that set it apart from its peers. Interesting features include:

  • Making the search interface available in Chinese (中文), English, Russian (Русский), and French (Français)
  • Providing access to Australian patent applications in an ongoing collection currently spanning between 1998-2009
  • Generating graphical representations of patent family trees
  • Featuring protein and DNA searching within their patent collections
  • Housing Patent Landscape reports on 12 different technology areas

To keep it brief, today I’ll focus on Patent Lens’ Patent Landscapes and why they’re worth checking out.

Patent Landscapes, or Technology Landscapes as they are known on some parts of the Patent Lens site, are defined as such by Cambia:

Our technology landscape papers, which some have called “White Papers”, discuss technologies relevant to life scientists. The currently posted papers focus mainly on enabling technologies and “freedom to operate” issues in agricultural biotechnology. Future papers will deal with other life sciences enabling technologies.

The original four Landscapes were constructed in 2000-2004 with funding from the Rockefeller Foundation; further funding from BusinessACT, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Rice Research Institute, World Intellectual Property Organization, and PATH Vaccine Solutions have fostered additional reports bringing the total to twelve. Since then the Landscapes have been updated with user feedback dating at least to 2007. Users were formerly able to edit the pages somewhat directly, but now Cambia encourages that emails be sent to correct or update the information listed in each Landscape.

The current Landscapes consist of the following topics:

Agriculture & Environment

  • Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of plants
  • Promoters Used to Regulate Gene Expression
  • Antibiotic Resistance Genes and their Uses in Plant Genetic Transformation
  • Resistance to Phosphinothricin
  • Positive Selection
  • Bioindicators / AmbioSensors
  • The Rice Genome

Health and Medicine

  • Human Genome Patenting
  • Human Telomerase Gene
  • Molecular Markers Outside Gene Sequences
  • Influenza Genome
  • Adjuvants

Despite Cambia admitting that the Landscapes are “inherently limited in scope and go out of date,” I’ve found the reports to be very in-depth and a great way to broaden my knowledge about each subject, whether or not I have had any specific experience in a given area. The writing is very well edited, thoroughly explained, laid out in detail with an easy to navigate table of contents, and chock full of gritty details about the subject matter. It should come as no surprise that each Landscape was generated by multiple people on Cambia’s staff of experts.

There are multiple sections with detailed information about specific patent families important to Positive Selection, for example, including the Syngenta patent family A and family B and the University of Georgia Research Foundation patent family (to just name a few). The amount of detail and research for these Landscapes is staggering and at a level not generally seen in the public domain regarding any kind of patent analysis or landscaping study. For this reason I highly recommend checking out the Patent Landscapes from Patent Lens.

Let us know what you think in the comments section!

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This post was contributed by Intellogist team member Chris Jagalla.


2 Responses

  1. As the lead on most of these papers, and on behalf of the team, I thank you for your kind comments. I only wish that there were still support for more of them.

  2. Carol,

    I’m glad you enjoyed the article. Fine academic patent work like yours deserves recognition.

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