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Patents Related to Pathogenic Human Coronaviruses

[ Vol. 15 , Issue. 1 ]

Author(s):

Michelli dos Santos, André V.F. Ferreira, Jonatas O. da Silva, Laís M. Nogueira, Juliana M. Machado, Mariana F.C. Francisco, Mariana C. da Paz, Rodolfo C. Giunchetti and Alexsandro S. Galdino*   Pages 12 - 24 ( 13 )

Abstract:


Background: Coronaviruses have caused outbreaks of respiratory disease since the beginning of the 21st century, representing a significant threat to public health. Together, the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV), the respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), and, more recently, the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) have caused a large number of deaths around the world. Thus, investments in research and the development of strategies aimed at diagnosing, treating, and preventing these infections are urgently needed.

Objective: The objective of this study was to analyze the patents that address pathogenic coronaviruses in Google Patents databases in the last year (2019-2020).

Methods: The search strategy was carried out in April 2020, based on the keywords “SARS”, “SARS-CoV”, “MERS”, “MERS-CoV”, “SARS-CoV-2” and “COVID-19. Out of the patents examined, 25 were selected for a short description in this study.

Results: A total of 191 patents were analyzed, 149 of which were related to SARS-CoV, and 29 and 12 were related to MERS-CoV and SARS- CoV2, respectively. The patents addressed the issues of diagnosis, therapeutic agents, prevention and control, along with other applications.

Conclusion: Several promising strategies have been documented in intellectual property databases favoring the need for further studies on the pathogenesis and optimization of the diagnosis and therapeutic treatment for these emerging infections.

Keywords:

Coronaviruses, COVID-19, HCoVs, MERS, pandemic, patents, SARS.

Affiliation:

Laboratório de Biotecnologia de Microrganismos, Universidade Federal de São João Del-Rei, Sebastião Gonçalves Coelho, 400, 355901-296, Divinópolis, MG, Laboratório de Biotecnologia de Microrganismos, Universidade Federal de Sao Joao Del-Rei, Sebastião Gonçalves Coelho, 400, 355901-296, Divinópolis, MG, Laboratório de Biotecnologia de Microrganismos, Universidade Federal de Sao Joao Del-Rei, Sebastião Gonçalves Coelho, 400, 355901-296, Divinópolis, MG, Laboratório de Biotecnologia de Microrganismos, Universidade Federal de Sao Joao Del-Rei, Sebastião Gonçalves Coelho, 400, 355901-296, Divinópolis, MG, Laboratório de Biotecnologia de Microrganismos, Universidade Federal de Sao Joao Del-Rei, Sebastião Gonçalves Coelho, 400, 355901-296, Divinópolis, MG, Laboratório de Nano- Biotecnologia & Bioativos, Universidade Federal de São João Del-Rei, Sebastião Gonçalves Coelho, 400, 355901-296, Divinópolis, MG, Laboratório de Nano- Biotecnologia & Bioativos, Universidade Federal de São João Del-Rei, Sebastião Gonçalves Coelho, 400, 355901-296, Divinópolis, MG, Laboratório de Biologia das Interações Celulares, Departamento de Morfologia, Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, 31270-901, Belo Horizonte, MG, Laboratório de Biotecnologia de Microrganismos, Universidade Federal de Sao Joao Del-Rei, Sebastião Gonçalves Coelho, 400, 355901-296, Divinópolis, MG

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