Bioinformatics

Developments in AI are leading to bioinformatics strengthening important advances in drug development and re-purposing. Although mathematical methods and computer programs, as such, are not patentable at the European Patent Office, the vast amount of genetic information which can now be gleaned by powerful nucleic acid sequencing techniques and developments in AImeans bioinformatics underpins many commercially important inventions for which protection can be obtained.  

These inventions span the fields of personalised medicine, non-invasive foetal testing, innovations made possible by the latest sequencing techniques for interrogation of the human genome, and developments arising from growing knowledge of the genetic diversity of microbes. 

HGF works with clients in fields ranging from major global corporations to start-up businesses, advising on, and patenting bioinformatics’ applications. The specialist attorneys keep pace with fast-moving developments in complex, multi-disciplinary fields, and expertly navigate and challenge patenting requirements as they impact on the areas of computer-implemented inventions and discoveries of the natural world.  

Our dedicated team of individuals, with experience of commercial application of bioinformatics across life sciences, pharmaceuticals and electronics teams, provide cross-disciplinary IP strategies. This multidisciplinary approach combines members of the specialist microbiome team, attorneys with deep experience in computer software inventions, and HGF’s legal specialists with expertise in database rights and data protection.

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Getting your first filing right

One of the most often asked questions of patent attorneys is “when should we file?” Both timing and content of a first filing should be important strategic decisions. This is …

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Start-ups & IP, a case study: SleepCogni

Using SleepCogni as a case study, we look at some key ways that IP can help start-ups to develop their technology and secure investment. SleepCogni is a SleepTech start-up who …

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Event - 26th October 2021

9th Microbiome R&D and Business Collaboration Forum: Europe

9th Microbiome R&D and Business Collaboration Forum: Europe will be held on 26th-27th October 2021 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The event is dedicated to exploring microbiome research and strategies for …

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Event - 21st October 2021

Medical Technology Ireland Conference 2021

Medical Technology Ireland Conference will be held on 20-21 October 2021 at the Galway Racecourse. Medical Technology Ireland Conference features presentations by leading international medical device experts with thought-provoking guest …

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Event - 3rd November 2021

Challenging granted patents: a comparison between Europe and the US

HGF and Knobbe Martens are holding a webinar on 3rd November. Challenging granted patents: a comparison between Europe and the US In this webinar we will compare and contrast mechanisms …

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Event - 20th September 2021

German Biotechnology days 2021

HGF’s Partner Dr Markus Zoller is attending and speaking at the German Biotechnology days on 20th September 2021. German Biotechnology days is the go to event in the industry and …

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IAM Patent 1000 2021

The IAM Patent 1000 – the world’s leading patent professionals 2021 guide has now been published. HGF has 18 European attorneys listed. IAM Patent 1000 is a unique guide that …

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Medical technology most patented subject matter at EPO in 2020

Pharmaceutical and biotechnology patent applications also make top 10 most patented. Recent statistics published by the EPO show that a total of 14,295 European patent applications were filed in 2020 …

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If you would like to discuss how HGF could help you, contact one of our bioinformatics specialists.