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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Patenting antibodies in the US and Europe

Is the USPTO now stricter than the EPO on antibody claims? A consideration of recent developments from both sides of the pond. Patent protection for monoclonal antibodies, bispecific antibodies and …

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Event - 10th May 2022

The HGF IP in Healthcare Conference 2022

After a challenging couple of years, we are delighted to invite you to join us for HGF’s eighth annual IP in Healthcare Conference. We will review the latest intellectual property …

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Event - 23rd March 2022

HGF webinar: Getting your first filing right

HGF hosted a webinar on Wednesday 23rd March on Getting your first filing right. One of the most often asked questions of patent attorneys is: “when should we file?” Both …

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The Microbiome Times: ELIGO v SNIPR: a reflection on IP strategies in a competitive environment

HGF Partner and Patent Attorney Craig Thomson and Patent Director Dr Jennifer Bailey write an article for The Microbiome Times on ELIGO v SNIPR: a reflection on IP strategies in …

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