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Patenting Bioinformatic Inventions: Global Perspective

Pratap Devarapalli, Nishad Deshpande


Patenting bioinformatic inventions has become a ride on the rail to the scientists and inventors. Specifically in bioinformatics, drafting an invention in bounds of patentability criteria is one the most critical task for an inventor to protect his invention. As bioinformatics is a budding field of science, patentable subject matter in bioinformatics was not specifically defined by most of the patent offices in the world. In this regard, we have tried to explain patentable subject matter in bioinformatics by classifying bioinformatics into different subject fields. Additionally, we have tried to trace out patentable subject matter for bioinformatic inventions based on country-specific patentability standards and granted bioinformatic patents of US, Europe, India, Canada and Australia.


Bioinformatics, Patentable Subject Matter, Patentability, Patents

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