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Comparative and Functional Genomics - Volume 3 2002, Issue 2, Pages 119-126

Appleyard Lees, Chartered and European Patent Attorneys, 15 Clare Road, Halifax HX1 2HY, UK

Received 23 January 2002; Accepted 6 February 2002

Copyright © 2002 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Researchers are becoming increasingly concerned that the confidentiality of their novelbiomolecule sequences is being jeopardised, particularly when these sequences are eithersubmitted to sequence databases or uploaded as query terms onto internet-basedbioinformatic software suites. The researcher’s fears stem from the fact that the actualuploading of their sequences acts as a novelty destroying prior disclosure or publication,and that this may subsequently preclude valid patent protection for the sequences. Thisarticle addresses the key issues involved in the analyses of biomolecules, highlightingpotential risks taken by many researchers in regard to patent protection and suggestspossible ways in which these risks may be mitigated.

Autor: Anton Hutter



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