Patent Informatics: Sequence & Chemical Databases for Prior Art Searching

Course Objectives

Patenting biotechnological inventions, including medicines, recombinant DNA, diagnostic and therapeutic sequences, and agriculturally useful sequences, is a growing industry. Whether you are working on patentable biotechnology, or wish to determine your freedom to operate in a specific field, at some point you will need to search patent databases to determine the scope of protection available. There are a number of free-to-use patent sequence and chemical databases that can provide the information you require without paying large subscription fees.

The CBW will host a 1-day workshop covering key patent sequence and chemical databases freely available in the public domain. Through international agreements, the patent sequence databases at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) cover patented protein and nucleotide sequences from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the European Patent Office (EPO), the Japan Patent Office (JPO), and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), with new sequences being introduced by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) and the State Intellectual Property Office in China (SIPO). These databases contain over 23.1 million nucleotide and 6.3 million protein sequences. The workshop will focus on how to search these databases using both text and sequence search methods.

The workshop will also cover the major chemical databases ChEMBL and ChEBI, which hold bioactivity data and literature references for over 1.2 million compounds and patent information for over 5,200 compounds that have been synthesized over the past 30 years. ChEMBL is a database of drug-like small molecules with associated bioactivity data that have been curated from primary literature sources. ChEBI (Chemical Entities of Biological Interest) is a dictionary of small chemical compounds. This workshop will provide an overview of ChEBI and ChEMBL, including searching using text and chemical structures.

Course Material

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Module 1: Patent Sequence Search Strategies (Faculty: Jennifer McDowall)

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Module 2: Chemical Databases (Faculty: Louisa Bellis)

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