Pandemic Influenza (H1N1 & H5N1) patenting trends

Published on June 28, 2011


The WHO has identified that Pandemic Influenza – H1N1 (commonly referred as ‘swine flu’) and especially H5N1 (commonly referred as ‘bird flu’) - is a serious threat to global human health. H5N1 pandemic has been spreading in Asia since 2003, reaching Europe in 2005, and the Middle East as well as Africa in 2006 (Monke, 2006), while the H1N1 flu pandemic broke out internationally in 2009. Both outbreaks have caused the general public around the world concern about the potential impacts of H5N1 (‘bird flu’) and H1NI (‘swine flu)’. The WHO indicates that pandemic influenza preparedness is important to improve the capability to respond to influenza.


This Boliven LandscapeTM is based on a patent search report provided by World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) published by WIPO on 1 April 2011 combined with a semi-automated and expert-validated analysis of the technology patent space conducted by CambridgeIP experts on Boliven® systems.


This Boliven LandscapeTM presents an analysis of patenting trends in pandemic influenza preparedness relevant to the H5N1 and H1N1 (combined hereafter and referred when appropriate as ‘PIP-HN’) viruses in the past several years. A sample set of exemplary patents and patent applications is provided. Initial documents were identified by WIPO experts and resulting dataset were then analysed in more depth by CambridgeIP experts.


The report comprises analytics including top ranking patenting organizations, top ranking industry application codes (IPC) and patent application trends over time. Additionally, the report illustrates the geography distribution of filed patents and also ranks patent according to family size and time of application.


The complete patent dataset is accessible on request and may be downloaded as an excel file for offline analysis.

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