Pandemic Influenza (H1N1 & H5N1) patenting trends

Published on June 28, 2011


International Patent Classification Analysis


The international patent classification (IPC) is a hierarchical patent classification and updated on a regular basis by a committee of experts and assigned by patent examiners to patent applications. Level 3 IPC codes can be used as a proxy for the industrial application areas of technology developments covered in patent filings. An understanding of IPC codes can help guide policy-makers, investors, companies and others in relation to technology deployment trends.


The industrial application areas represented by IPC codes are graphically illustrated by CambridgeIP in the below pie chart. A61K is a widely used IPC level 3 for a wide range of medical and pharmaceutical technologies. C12N and C12Q are IPC level 3 focusing on the microorganism related preparation, measuring and testing processes. C07K is an IPC level 3 covering biopharmaceutical applications of recombinant proteins.

IPCDescription
A61K PREPARATIONS FOR MEDICAL, DENTAL, OR TOILET PURPOSES;
C12N MICRO-ORGANISMS OR ENZYMES; COMPOSITIONS THEREOF; PROPAGATING, PRESERVING, OR MAINTAINING MICRO-ORGANISMS; MUTATION OR GENETIC ENGINEERING; CULTURE MEDIA;
C07K PEPTIDES;
C12Q MEASURING OR TESTING PROCESSES INVOLVING ENZYMES OR MICRO-ORGANISMS; COMPOSITIONS OR TEST PAPERS THEREFOR; PROCESSES OF PREPARING SUCH COMPOSITIONS; CONDITION-RESPONSIVE CONTROL IN MICROBIOLOGICAL OR ENZYMOLOGICAL PROCESSES;
A61P THERAPEUTIC ACTIVITY OF CHEMICAL COMPOUNDS OR MEDICINAL PREPARATIONS;
Other Other

 

 

 

Distribution of IPC codes of PIP-HN

 

The figure below focuses on the top four application IPCs in WIPO’s PIP dataset as analysed by CambridgeIP.

 

The marked increase observed could be linked to the outbreak of avian influenza with pathogenic strain H5N1 since 2003, and a consequent increase in R&D efforts around the world. ‘Bird flu’ influenza reached Europe in 2005, and the Middle East as well as Africa in 2006. As patent applications may be unpublished for 18+ months this could explain that there may be a lag between events, increased R&D efforts and consequent number of reported patents observed.

 

We observe a significant decrease in reported patents in the C07K area (applications of recombinant proteins) starting from 2005, possibly indicating increased maturity of relevant process related technologies.



Other Reports

Patenting flatland: Graphene - Exploitation challenges and opportunities


  • Discussion of key challenges and opportunities in graphene R&D, and in the graphene patent landscape
  • Identification of who owns key elements of the graphene patent landscape
  • Insight into existing graphene R&D relationships
  • Comprehensive review of graphene patents and patent applications globally
  • Identification of key graphene patents and graphene technologies
  • Analysis and discussion of corporate and university graphene IP strategies
Report +
Dataset
$2,100.00
Dataset:$1,500.00 Report:$1,500.00 Preview

Patenting Flatland: Graphene

  • Comprehensive review of graphene patents and patent applications globally
  • Identification of who owns key elements of the patent landscape in graphene
  • Insight into existing R&D relationships in the graphene area
  • Analysis and discussion of corporate and university IP strategies in graphene
  • Identification of key graphene patents and graphene technologies
Report +
Dataset
$1,895.00
Dataset:$1,500.00 Report:$495.00 Preview

First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) - A Focus on the Technology Fundamentals

  • Comprehensive review of the patent and technology portfolio of First Solar, a leading company in the Solar PV industry
  • Insight into First Solar's emerging product strategy and evolving collaborations and licensing partnerships
  • Detailed geographical analysis of First Solar's patent portfolio
  • Examination of key patents in the CdTe technology space owned by First Solar and other companies
Report +
Dataset
$1,195.00
Dataset:$250.00 Report:$995.00 Preview

Recent Trends in Nanotechnology Patenting: 2005 to May 2011

  • Familiarize yourself with patents in the nanotechnology space overall
  • Understand global trends over the last 5 years, top players and inventors internationally
  • Identify key current and emerging applications of nanotechnology around the world
Buy Report
$490.00
Preview

Blood Glucose Monitors and Wireless Communication

  • Determine the relative positioning of key players in the wireless glucometer space
  • Gain actionable competitive intelligence to guide your business and IP strategy
  • Navigate barriers to product development
  • Identify opportunities for future technology development in IP whitespace
  • Identify alternative applications and markets of your current IP
  • Determine opportunities for collaborative development, licensing and acquisitions
  • Accelerate your own patent landscaping in this space
Buy Report
$490.00
Preview