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Recent Patents on Biotechnology


ISSN (Print): 1872-2083
ISSN (Online): 2212-4012

Review Article (Mini-Review)

Patents Related to Pathogenic Human Coronaviruses

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*

Volume 15 , Issue 1 , 2021

Published on: 27 January, 2021

Page: [12 - 24] Pages: 13

DOI: 10.2174/1872208315666210127085404

Price: $65


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.

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