Pat-INFORMED – The Gateway to Medicine Patent Information
The Patent Information Initiative for Medicines (Pat-INFORMED) provides a service to the global health community, particularly those involved in procurement of medicines, by facilitating easy access to medicine patent information. The data is provided directly by the biopharmaceutical companies and hosted by WIPO.
Anyone can search the Pat-INFORMED database simply by entering a medicine’s INN (International Nonproprietary Name) to obtain relevant information about its patent status in a particular country. Uniquely, Pat-INFORMED also provides a facility for procurement agencies to make follow-up inquiries directly with participating companies. While it is not a tool to provide Freedom to Operate analysis, it facilitates access to patent information and can improve efficiency in procurement processes.
Video: Pat-INFORMED explained