2019 IP Think Tank Theme
COMING DECEMBER 3
Dimensioning the Future IP Needs in the State of Georgia
The 2019 question is: “What are the intellectual property needs that will help Georgia’s businesses grow and make Georgia a center of technology excellence?"
Each Think Tank seeks to address a cutting-edge issue at the forefront of IP law and policy and to produce position papers and policy proposals to aid policymakers and regulators in addressing that issue.
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Outcomes from the 2018 IP Think Tank
New IP Instrument
One IP Think Tank goal in 2018 was to identify new-to-the-world legal IP instruments beyond patents to strengthen IP protection of new discoveries.
The concept of the “Biomark" evolved. An IP task force continued working on this goal following the 2018 IP Think Tank, and here’s a summary:
The Georgia Biomark instrument
The Problem There are currently no commercial incentives to publish the results of genetic disease investigations, principally because there is no way for commercial entities to recoup their investment in this expensive research. Consequently, the little research that is published originates from public funding, for example, through NIH.
Proposed Solution The proposed Biomark instrument would allow a Georgia based researcher to stake a claim as the first publisher of a naturally occurring chemical sequence. Those wishing to use the sequence in a commercial product in GA would be required to compensate the Biomark owner at a reasonable and fair pre-determined royalty rate for the life of the Biomark.
Intended Impact The Georgia Biomark is intended to encourage bio-science and chemical research, thereby expanding technical and well-compensated employment within the state. The Biomark will also reduce commercial risk for new diagnostic startups in GA, by providing an alternate way to recoup their investment in genetic research.
Scope Biomarks relate to the discovery of naturally occurring chemical or biochemical sequences and associated function. These may be sequences of naturally occurring genetic base pairs, amino acids, temporal sequences such as chemical transformation mechanisms, or other naturally occurring sequences of a chemical nature. The sequence must be published in a curated database or a peer reviewed journal along with evidence linking to function.
How Biomark Works
If the naturally occurring discovery is made in GA, and the discovery is then first to be published in a peer-reviewed journal and / or a curated database (such as those maintained by the NIH) along with supporting evidence, then the discoverer is entitled to declare a Biomark on the combination of sequence and function.
Just as today, there are no restrictions on who may make use of published data, even if it is Biomarked.
If a GA-based entity uses the discovery, for instance to make a diagnostic device, then the Biomark owner is entitled to a pre-determined compensation for the use of the discovery.
Conflicts that arise are to be determined by WIPO arbitration rules and standards, thereby maintaining low transactional cost burdens for the researchers.
Why GA? We hope that Georgia will be first of many states to adopt this new instrument, in a manner similar to the state-by-state evolution of Trade Secret law, which was eventually expanded nationally under federal law.