Title: Patent search strategies in plant biotechnology
Citation: Protocol Exchange (issue of Nature) no. 2012
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Publication Year: 2012
JRC N°: JRC71741
ISSN: 2043-0116
URI: http://www.nature.com/protocolexchange/protocols/2402
DOI: 10.1038/protex.2012.021
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: This protocol provides basic guidelines for performing a patent search through illustration with a specific biotechnology subject. It is directed in particular to beginners who wish to broaden their knowledge by using patents as a source of information. The instructions given show how to search for patents claiming the use of ZFN (Zinc Finger Nucleases) in plants, a recently developed gene targeting technique with wide potential in plant breeding. The guidelines focus in particular on the use of two online available patent databases: esp@cenet, from the European Patent Office, and PatentScope, from the World Intellectual Property Organization. Several exercises are shown as examples to follow in searches, in particular the use of keywords and patent codes. We believe that the strategies proposed in this protocol are very useful for any type of search, but each searcher can choose a method she or he feels more comfortable with.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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