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Patent landscaping for life sciences innovation: toward consistent and transparent practices

As industry, governments and academia increasingly rely on patent landscapes to map scientific and technological trends, an interdisciplinary workshop provides recommendations for developing consistent and transparent landscaping practices.

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We would like to thank the participants from industry, government agencies and academia at the Managing Knowledge in Synthetic Biology: The Creation of Tools for Stronger Intellectual Property Analysis workshop hosted by the Innogen Institute of the University of Edinburgh in 2012. The workshop was supported by VALGEN (Value Addition through Genomics) and GE3LS (Genomics and its Related Ethical, Environmental, Economic, Legal and Social Aspects), a project sponsored by the Government of Canada through Genome Canada, Genome Prairie and Genome Quebec, and the PhytoMetaSyn project funded by Genome Canada, Genome Alberta and Genome Quebec. We thank A. Baker, D. Lewensohn, M. Bieber and L. Dacks for administrative and research support.

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Bubela, T., Gold, E., Graff, G. et al. Patent landscaping for life sciences innovation: toward consistent and transparent practices. Nat Biotechnol 31, 202–206 (2013).

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