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Patenting inventions arising from biological research

Matthew T Latimer

Author Affiliations

Moazzam & Latimer, 1474 North Point Village Center #320, Reston, VA 20194-1190, USA

Genome Biology 2004, 6:203  doi:10.1186/gb-2004-6-1-203

Published: 20 December 2004

Abstract

Patents are the most important way in which researchers can protect the income that might come from ideas or technologies they have developed. This article describes the steps involved and the considerations needed for successful granting of a patent. For instance, inventions must be novel and not obvious, adequately described, and useful, and they should not be disclosed publicly before a patent is applied for.