HOW TO OBTAIN A PATENT FOR AN ANTIBODY PREPARATION IN JAPAN

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Until now, in the pharmaceutical industry, there was a traditional innovative drug development strategy where a library of low molecular weight organic compounds was built up, and drug candidate compounds were searched for by screening. However, in the drug market of the developed nations such as Japan, the U.S. and Europe, bio-medicines and antibody drug products account for a large percentage of the new drugs which are approved, and in many cases, a different approach is used from the traditional innovative drug development strategy. So, if the innovative drug development strategy is different, then the intellectual property strategy for protecting the fruits of innovative drug research must also be different. In the research and development of biomedicines and antibody preparations, there are many cases where a drug strategy based on the target mechanism is developed right from the beginning, rather than in the traditional method where the approach starts by screening compounds, so if a gene/protein/mechanism has been discovered at the in vitro level, it is important to acquire patent rights for the antibody which binds to the antigen involved with this gene/protein/mechanism as soon as possible.

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