Quiz Answers

Question U – Answer

The following is a good reason to search for patents and patent applications with the CAMBIA Patent Lens search: Answer: 6 1. for scientific information 2. for information on freedom to operate 3. to see if your idea is patentable…

Question T – Answer

A patent on a method to heal wounds using turmeric has been granted in both Europe and in the U.S. in January 2001. You, as a person not involved at all in the alleged invention, have written evidence proving that…

Question S – Answer

You and a couple of colleagues are the inventors of a new drug that successfully tackles stomach cancer and has few unwanted side effects. Your colleagues decide to publish the methodology used to develop the drug in a prestigious scientific…

Question R – Answer

If you infringe a patent: Answer: 6 3 and 4 are both possible 3. the owner of the patent will sue you in a court 4. nothing may happen Why?  In most countries, infringement of a patent is not a crime. That…

Question Q – Answer

Two independent inventors come up with the same patentable invention and each of them decides to file a patent application in Canada, Germany and the United States. Who would get the patents? Answer: 4 in Canada and Germany, the first…

Question P – Answer

The publication mentioned above is a Brazilian granted patent.  You need a license before you can use DNA encoding the following in Brazil: Answer: 1 a glycosyltransferase from Staphylococcus Why?  The claims in a granted patent define the “metes and…

Question O – Answer

A published application in Brazil describes the cloning of glycosyltransferases, enzymes that transfer sugar moieties, from five different bacteria including Staphylococcus, Pneumococcus, Arthrobacter, Clavibacter, and Thermobacter, and teaches how to obtain genes encoding the same enzymes from other bacterial genera. The only claim recites: “An…

Question N – Answer

If you want to know what is actually covered by a granted patent, you will look at: Answer: 6 “the claims” Why? The claims are the part of the patent specification that set the boundaries of what is subject to the right to exclude…

Question M – Answer

A PCT publication is: Answer: 3 “always a patent application” Why? PCT publications are always patent applications. They never mature to an issued patent. As mentioned in answer to question 9, the PCT system is a way to file a single international application benefiting from…

Question L – Answer

A published patent specification: Answer: 4 “could be either a granted patent or a patent application” Why? A publication of a patent specification does not mean it is a granted patent. In most countries, there is at least one publication of a patent…