It’s hard not to notice that the future is arriving faster than ever. Innovations are arriving at breakneck speed. In just the last couple of years we have seen things like self-driving cars, software that beats Jeopardy!, bipedal robots that can navigate difficult terrain just like humans do, and a very convincing defeat of one of the world’s best Go players by Google’s DeepMind technology. These are all things that knowledgeable people predicted would still be decades away, yet they are all happening right now. Why is that, and what does that have to do with your IP strategy?
Our post on the top reasons why scientists should be searching patents was so popular, we’ve put together an infographic of the top seven reasons why patents simply can’t be ignored. It’s a whole new year, so if you or someone on your team is still on the fence about whether to include or expand patents’ role in your research efforts, we hope you’ll take these points into consideration.
This year GQ Life Sciences supported Boston’s annual holiday food drive, BostonCANShare. It’s a great program that collects food at the Greater Boston Food Bank and then distributes it to over 90 food pantries, emergency meal programs, and shelters.
When a search for something (digital or tangible) is started, often, one of the first tactics employed is to narrow down the scope to increase the chances of success, or at least speed up the process. Why search upstairs if you know your car keys are probably somewhere in the kitchen?
Over the last decade we have succeeded in making GenomeQuest the industry standard for biological sequence searching in IP. We did this through the combination of specialized IP search algorithms and what has become the world’s largest IP sequence database (let alone the largest sequence database on earth) through a combination of automation and manual curation of patents from global patent authorities.
What to Look for in US public PAIR
Like most people that work with patents, I have always understood that USPTO’s Patent Application Information Retrieval (public PAIR) is the USPTO’s way of sharing information on where a patent application is in its lifecycle. It is a critically important resource because it provides the most up-to-date US patent information. Still, I was a little overwhelmed when we began adding all of that information to our LifeQuest product a couple of weeks ago. It was clear that I had some serious catching up to do.
Earlier this month, GenomeWeb featured an article entitled, “GenomeQuest Rebrands as GQ Life Sciences, Refocuses on Patent Search Market”. We’re pleased to have our company’s growth recognized by one of the leading independent science news publications.
Like any molecular biologist that has worked in pharma research, I have searched through and read a lot of scientific literature. I like to think that I’ve gotten pretty good at it. I’m always surprised though, when I run into colleagues who don’t spend much time searching patents on a regular basis. I understand that the patent world can seem daunting and confusing, and even knowing where to start is difficult, but there are pretty strong arguments for including patents the next time you research a topic.
Prior art searching in the life sciences is complicated. Tens of millions of patents and applications, dozens of file formats, and handfuls of search platforms force the professional patent searcher to jump through hoops to get answers.
GQ-Pat is constantly growing. How can you keep up with newly published patent documents? Here’s a simple video that shows how to set up database alerts in GenomeQuest so that you can automatically be informed whenever new documents are published that hit to previous queries you’ve run.