澳门金沙网页游戏:Patent victim

日期:2019-03-07 08:09:03 作者:万俟希 阅读:

By Philip Cohen A company that pays people to poke holes in patents says it is about to claim its first biotech victim. BountyQuest gave Holger Blasum, a computer science graduate student at the University of Munich, a $10,000 award for digging up research papers from 1993 and 1994 issues of Nucleic Acids Research. The papers will be used to challenge a 1999 patent held by the California company Incyte Genomics entitled “Database and system for storing, comparing and displaying genomic information”. Examples of “prior art” are valuable because they can be used to invalidate patents. BountyQuest capitalises on this by charging companies to put up rewards for such examples on its website (BountyQuest). Anyone can then try their hand at busting the patent. BountyQuest’s head, Charles Cella, says his clients are sometimes other companies who want to challenge a competitor’s grip on a technology and occasionally patent holders who want to test the strength of their claims. He won’t say who posted the Incyte bounty. Lee Bendekgey, general counsel for Incyte, says he is glad of the discovery. “We haven’t started licensing that patent yet, so it is much better to know if there are problems with it now,” he says. “It is fundamentally useful information.” BountyQuest has been running for six months. So far, it has only paid out on six of its 70 or so bounties. The five previous awards all involved electronics or computing patents (New Scientist, 10 February, p 14). “But we are starting to see more activity on the biotech and genome side of things,