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
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.