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Patent Office Unveils Database to Aid Virus Patent Licensing

May 4, 2020, 6:37 PM

The Patent and Trademark Office is providing a database for the public to find patents related to the new coronavirus pandemic that are available for licensing.

The effort, dubbed Patents 4 Partnerships, will help “bring to the marketplace new products and technologies for the prevention, treatment, and diagnosis of COVID-19,” the agency said in an announcement.

Users can peruse database information via criteria like inventor name, issue date, assignee and keyword, to search for patents that may be licensed for use in the pandemic fight.

The patent office’s announcement comes amid response efforts to the nation’s coronavirus outbreak. The agency, with its facilities closed to the public, recently extended certain trademark and patent filing deadlines to June 1.

The platform “is a meeting place that enables patent owners who want to license their IP rights to connect with the individuals and businesses who can turn those rights into solutions for our health and wellbeing,” patent office director Andrei Iancu said in a statement.

The agency said the contents of the database, which could grow to include other technology, were drawn from the PTO, universities and other federal agencies and groups.

“With an initial focus on COVID-19, the platform shows how innovation can contribute to the nation’s response to this critical health emergency,” Iancu said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ian Lopez in Washington at ilopez@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Keith Perine at kperine@bloomberglaw.com

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