TOOLS: Ag Patent Primer

Science  07 Dec 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5549, pp. 2059b
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5549.2059b

Agricultural biotechnology researchers venturing into the ocean of patent databases now have a new navigational tool. An Australian nonprofit group called CAMBIA has launched a site that provides free and friendly access to agricultural patents from three major world databases: the European Patent Office, international patent applications provided under the Patent Cooperation Treaty, and the U.S. Patent Office. The site also offers some helpful information for novices, such as a tutorial on how to read a patent. And a white paper explains the science and intellectual property issues behind the transformation of plants using the Agrobacterium system—the first intellectual property hurdle agricultural researchers need to clear.

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