Intellectual property rights (IP) is one of the major component of research in many organizations (both profit and non-profit), institutes and academics. Since 1970’s, during which a Canadian non-governmental organization (ETC group) filed two patent applications for the first time on “the world’s first-ever human-made life form”, many companies including academic institutes or universities are encouraging their researchers to protect their findings through IP’s. It is obvious for the researcher to surprise if he looks at the number of patents that were issued since 1970 on various entities over the advancement of science. Despite intense database on inventions and/or discoveries of various scientific organizations, the increasing interests of the scientists to protect their inventions/technology/discovery thorough IP is significantly reducing the accessibility of their findings and there by slowing advances in science. In this review, we are discussing on various components of patenting tools, protection and methodologies as an introductory material for scientists and students for the better understanding of intellectual property (IP) rights. We would like to promote the use of IP’s to protect the technology being theft out for biological terrorism rather than a commercial motif to “Business” the science.
Original Article: Strategies for Patenting in Biotechnology