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USPTO launches web platform to list coronavirus-related patents


By David Schwartz
Published: May 19th, 2020

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has launched a new online marketplace to provide an easy, searchable database of patents related to COVID-19 for licensing and commercialization.

The Patents 4 Partnerships program allows users to search and sort the patents based on keywords, inventor names, assignees, issue dates and other factors. The available technologies are drawn from a variety of public sources including the USPTO, the FDA, CDC, the National Institutes of Health, the US Department of Defense, NASA, universities, and more.

All of the technologies were chosen for their potential in the fight to prevent, treat and diagnose COVID-19, though the program may eventually be expanded to include other technologies.

“Patents 4 Partnerships 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,” says Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. “With an initial focus on COVID-19, the platform shows how innovation can contribute to the nation’s response to this critical health emergency.”

Users are invited to send comments through the link on the homepage of the platform. IP owners are invited to submit additional technologies related to the COVID-19 crisis. Source: https://www.uspto.gov/about-us/news-updates/uspto-launches-platform-facilitate-connections-between-patent-holders-and

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