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Sharpening insights into the innovation landscape with a new approach to patents

Microsoft Academic Graph (MAG) is updated weekly to keep up with the pace of scientific discoveries and technology advances. Just a few months ago, in our April 20, 2018 blog, we disclosed that the graph contained more than 173 million articles. As of July 31, 2018, that number had risen to more than 176 million. We update these numbers every time ...

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Factors that make an impact

Number of citations in academic papers is not always a good measure for the influence of applied research papers. In the vast majority of cases, scientists use public money to support their research. In return, the public wants to see real benefits, else the faucet risks running dry. These benefits can come in the form of fundamental advances or, ...

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Mapping the global influence of published research on industry and innovation

Measuring citations to scholarly works in the global patent literature enables assessment of the influence of published research on invention, industry and enterprise, at the individual and institutional level. Public research is critical to the economy and to society. However, tangible economic and social impact occurs only when research ...

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Public disclosure of biological sequences in global patent practice

World Patent Information,  December 01, 2015 Author: Jefferson, O.A., Deniz Köllhofer, Prabha Ajjikuttira & Richard A Jefferson World Patent Information 43 : 12-24 Abstract Biological sequences are an important part of global patenting, with unique challenges for their effective and equitable use in practice and in policy. Because ...

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The ownership question of plant gene and genome Intellectual properties

Nature Biotechnology,  November 01, 2015 Author: Jefferson, O.A., Köllhofer, D., Ehrich, T.H. & Jefferson, R. A. Nature Biotechnology 33 (11) 1138-1143 (2015) The raging legal debates on the patent eligibility of genetic sequences extend from Europe, where in 2010 the European Court of Justice in Monsanto Technology LLC v. Cefetra ...

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Gene patent practice across plant and human genomes

Nature Biotechnology,  October 08, 2015 Author: Jefferson, O.A., Köllhofer, D., Ehrich, T.H. & Jefferson, R. A. Nature Biotechnology  33 (10)  1033-1038 In human medicine, a successful new product or process can create a strong economic incentive to pay whatever it takes to be healthy, with the potential profit in conventional ...

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Putting the global patent system under The Lens

Global social enterprise Cambia and the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) are using a US$1.6 million Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant to develop The Lens – an open, public web facility containing comprehensive patent information for inventions from almost 100 million documents in 90 countries, linked to millions of scientific ...

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The patent bargain

Featured in an Editorial in the journal Nature on 11 Dec 2013. An open-source patent database highlights the need for more transparency worldwide. It may take a patent lawyer to fully understand the scope of US patent number 7,777,022, but one thing is clear: at first glance, it certainly appears broad. The patent includes 4.2 million ...

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Who’s patenting whose genome?

QUT,  December 07, 2013 An international project has developed a free and open public resource that will bring much-needed transparency to the murky and contentious world of gene patenting. In a paper from Cambia andQueensland University of Technology (QUT) published in this week's Nature Biotechnology journal, researchers revealed that ...

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Transparency tools in gene patenting for informing policy and practice

Nature Biotechnology,  December 06, 2013 In the recent decision Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics1, the US Supreme Court held that naturally occurring sequences from human genomic DNA are not patentable subject matter. Only certain complementary DNAs (cDNA), modified sequences and methods to use sequences are potenti...

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“Grist” focus on Innovation Cartography

Cambia Patent Lens,  October 28, 2013 Author: Nathanael Johnson A 16th-century Dutchman can tell us everything we need to know about GMO patents Richard Jefferson was talking fast, too fast for me to take notes. He was trying to explain what’s wrong with our food system, and what to do about it, but there was too much to say, and ...

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Cambia again ranked as one of the world’s top NGOs

The Global Journal,  January 23, 2013 Author: The Global Journal From the Global Journal: Top 100 NGOs 2013 Edition Keeping Our Eyes Wide Open by Jean-Christophe Nothias – Editor, The Global Journal, January 23, 2013 “The second edition of our Top 100 NGOs ranking is stronger, and we enjoy not only the fantastic outreach from the ...

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