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The Largest Public or Private Biological Sequence Database on Earth

Posted by Richard Resnick on Jul 14, 2015 10:39:03 AM

We are proud to announce that there are now over 300 million sequences in GQ-Pat, including 256 million nucleotide sequences and over 45 million protein sequences. And these protein sequences aren't just automated translations of nuceotides like TrEMBL. All of these sequences are in fact found in patents and patent applications from patent authorities around the world.

To put this accomplishment in perspective, when the Human Genome Project formally began in 1990, there were fewer than 40,000 sequences in GenBank, before being transferred from Stanford to the newly created National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).

As of the summer of 2015, according to the NCBI's GenBank Statistics page, there are 185 million nucleotide sequences in GenBank/EMBL/DDBJ consortium, the world's gold standard for sequence databases.* GenBank represents merely slightly more than half of GQ-Pat!

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Topics: GQ-Pat Platinum

How to stay up to date with alerts in GenomeQuest

Posted by GenomeQuest on Apr 13, 2015 11:30:00 AM

GQ-Pat is constantly growing. How can you keep up with newly published patent documents? Here's a simple video that shows how to set up database alerts in GenomeQuest so that you can automatically be informed whenever new documents are published that hit to previous queries you've run.


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Topics: GenomeQuest Tips and Tricks

How to deal with sequences that are repeated in the same patent family

Posted by GenomeQuest on Apr 10, 2015 4:20:44 PM

Because GenomeQuest's GQ-Pat is a document database rather than a family database, you might hit the same sequence more than once because it occurs in document A and document B both in the same family. That's actually incredibly useful because it allows you to examine how sequences found in patents change from patent family member to family member. 

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Topics: Sequence Search, GenomeQuest Tips and Tricks

9 Crucial Mistakes to Avoid in Biological Sequence Search

Posted by GenomeQuest on Mar 30, 2015 11:30:00 AM

Each year, pharmaceuticals, biotech organizations, academic institutions and law firms commit costly errors that happen due to poorly informed IP portfolio decisions. Relating to biological sequence search, here are nine serious mistakes we hate to see life science companies make.

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Topics: GenePAST, BLAST, Sequence Search

Antibody Patent Searching Made Easy

Posted by GenomeQuest on Mar 23, 2015 11:30:00 AM

Researchers often neglect to search antibody patents because it seems complex and due to the perception that there is nothing to be gained from it. Dangerous thinking!

Antibody searching, with the right tools, is in fact quite easy. And the gain is compelling: searching patents is  the best way to learn about the competitive landscape because patents are published before scientific papers. 

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Topics: Patent landscape, Antibodies

4 Reasons why people pay for IP Sequence Search

Posted by GenomeQuest on Mar 16, 2015 11:30:00 AM

Everyone likes free biological sequence search.

A free IP sequence search usually involves the following steps: search the Genbank patent divisions on the NCBI BLAST web site, go through the alignments one by one, and lookup related patent information on the web. 

Bad idea. Here are four reasons why.

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Topics: GenePAST, BLAST

Integrated Full-Text and Sequence Search

Posted by GenomeQuest on Mar 9, 2015 11:30:00 AM

Prior art searching in the life sciences is complicated. Tens of millions of patents and applications, dozens of file formats, and handfuls of search platforms force the professional patent searcher to jump through hoops to get answers.

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Topics: LifeQuest, Ontologies, Keyword Search

3 Problems with using BLAST for sequence alignments in IP searching

Posted by GenomeQuest on Mar 3, 2015 10:15:00 AM

BLAST is the most popular sequence comparison algorithm, but it was not built with intellectual property sequence search in mind. Here we discuss three problems with using BLAST alone for such sequence alignments.

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Topics: GenePAST, BLAST, Sequence Search

Chinese GMO Approvals Make for IP Opportunities

Posted by GenomeQuest on Feb 16, 2015 9:01:19 AM

China's recent approval of imports of certain genetically modified corn and soybean represents the beginning of a hopeful trend to gain access to their enormous market. According the the U.S. Commerce Department, the Chinese market for U.S. soybeans was $14 billion in 2013, and corn was a significant $3.5 billion.

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Topics: GQ-Pat Platinum, China, Sequence Search

3 Reasons why you should search Brazilian IP

Posted by Julien Doudement on Feb 4, 2015 3:36:00 PM


Brazil has a rapidly growing economy and is highly invested in Biotechnology and the Life Sciences.

Understanding the Intellectual Property landscape of Brazil is key for a global life science company's success.

Our whitepaper talks more about biotech patents and an gives an example of how to blast search them. 

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Topics: Agribusiness, Patent landscape, GQ-Pat Platinum

Life Science IP

The GenomeQuest staff offers thoughts and insight on:
  • What's unique about searching IP in the life sciences
  • Tips and tricks on searching in LifeQuest (coming very soon) and GenomeQuest
  • Things happening in and around the life science IP industry

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