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Nat Rev Drug Discov. 2003 Oct;2(10):823-30.

A guide to drug discovery. Protecting your inventions: the patent system.

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  • 1Frank B. Dehn & Co., Patent and Trademark Attorneys, 179 Queen Victoria Street, London, EC4V 4EL, UK.


Whether you work for a multi-national pharmaceutical company, a biotech start-up or a university, a knowledge of the patent system is essential for understanding how best to protect the fruits of your research. The aim of this article is to give an overview of what a patent is, how you might get one and the rights that a patent confers.

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