In this section you can learn more about patents. We have included documents that describe the processes for applying for patents, a glossary of terms, and essentially all you need to know about patents.
Glossary of Patent Terminology
This document provides a list of patent terminology published by the OECD.
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Publisher: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Year: 2006
Patent Information and Transparency:
A Methodology for Patent Searches on Essential Medicines in Developing Countries
This paper describes a practical method for searching for relevant patent data from information sources that are publicly available and free to access. It uses a combination of data from patent offices and medicine regulatory authorities that are available on the internet. The methodology consists of four steps that will assist in ascertaining the patent status of essential medicines.
Publisher: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Year: July 2012
How to Conduct Patent Searches for Medicines
This guide helps health authorities and procurement bodies to identify whether patents related to a pharmaceutical product exist in the country of interest. This is not a comprehensive guide, but enables authorities to determine if the production or purchase of generic medicines is permitted.
Publisher: World Health Organization, Year: 2010