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Worldwide CRISPR patent landscape shows strong geographical biases

A survey of the CRISPR patent landscape shows the improvement of technology, a diversity of potential sectors of application, and a new geopolitical balance of forces in the field.

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Fig. 1: Geographical repartition and evolution of patent families related to the CRISPR gene editing system.
Fig. 2: Number of patent families related to the CRISPR system per technical category.


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The contributions of U. Del Ghingaro and M. Jamet to early stages of this work are gratefully acknowledged. The authors also thank M. Brites Teixeira for comments and Patent Pulse for allowing us temporary free access to their database.

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Martin-Laffon, J., Kuntz, M. & Ricroch, A.E. Worldwide CRISPR patent landscape shows strong geographical biases. Nat Biotechnol 37, 613–620 (2019).

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