Is your Gene Sequence Patentable?

by Lisa Balbes

Related link: http://www.genomeweb.com/articles/view.asp?Article=200212212576



A new service detects the percent identity of a novel-candidate gene or protein sequence by comparing it against those registered in patent databases. This algorithm mirrors intellectual property law, and was designed to behelpful in making patent decisions. As opposed to traditional sequence comparison tools, this algorithin does not take into account phylogenetic relationships, so is not useful for traditional research projects.

(See also http://www.gene-it.com/media7.html for Gene-IT's press release on the new service.)