[Ip-health] Patents with government interests, by disease, 2010 to 2013
james.love at keionline.org
Fri Dec 5 05:39:20 PST 2014
Patents with government interests, by disease, 2010 to 2013
The attached PDF file provides counts on the number of patents with various
search terms in the specification (spec/"search term"), and the number of
those patents that declare either government rights in the patents
(govt/government), an assignment to the US government (an/"united states of
america"), or both. The complete counts are in the PDF file. The queries
were done by Claire Cassedy on December 5, 2014.
Among other things, the data provide a rough idea of the percentages of
patents with government rights where the patent holder has declared a US
government interest, due to US funding of the work that led to the
invention. In one past audit of the Scripps Research Institute, DHHS found
significant under-reporting of NIH funding of patented inventions (only
about half the NIH funded inventions disclosed government funding), so this
is probably an understatement.
As expected, the government's interest in patents highest for diseases like
Ebola or Anthrax, followed by relative high percentages for infectious
diseases and cancer, where NIH funding is extensive. Relatively lower
(single digit) percentages are reported for cardiovascular disease,
diabetes, dementia, asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
KEI is open to suggestions as to how to expand this, in terms of
technologies, diseases, time periods, or other dimensions.
The summary data for (govt/government or an/"united states of america") are
James Love. Knowledge Ecology International
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