A granted patent confers on its owner the legal right to exclude others from commercially exploiting the patented invention. In exchange, an enabling disclosure of how to put the invention into practice must be made publicly available. For this reason, patent publications are arguably the best – and often the only – way to get insight into the research & development activities of innovative companies.
Joran Michiels wrote an article, explaining why patent databases are an invaluable source of technological and strategic information and how patent landscaping can help businesses to capitalize on this untapped potential. The article also includes a case study about CRISPR/CAS.