Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Patenting Bird Flu

The Sunshine Project and the Third World Network have released a report about various patents being filed on H5N1 viruses - otherwise known as bird flu. From the report:
According to data from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) PatentScope database, a dramatic surge in patent claims related to bird flu has occurred in the past 18 months. In 2004 there were no claims on H5N1-specific vaccines, sequences, diagnostics, and related items. However in 2006, 14 such patent applications were filed while in the first half of 2007, already 20 such applications have been filed. Half of these patent claims originate from the United States, while most of the rest are from Europe.

posted by ryan griffis  # 7:53 PM

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