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IGEM team meeting notes 5 26 14
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= IP stuff = Consensus: want to keep research open but should it be selectively open? (ie, not open to incumbents who may not share their research back with the community...or should large companies have to pay a fee?) Should we worry about market shares and competition in the future? (the Kraft monopoly scenario) Yaasha: no, if a big company starts pushing out smaller ones it will be on the basis of their innovation not ours concerns/cultural aims of the project that extend beyond getting more vegan cheese into the world: centralization of power; environmental impact of our actions; reshape the way GMO food is regarded, handled and treated in the U.S. Discussion about DPL option Yaasha Sabba prefers patent option as a way to protect work done by the group and give everybody recognition as coinventors DPL is not permanent - can decide to remove it from the pool later patent office doesn't have time to look at wikis...even if you want to have it open it is good to register with the PTO and abandon it Craig: prefers keeping everything open; brought up good point that our project does not involve novel techniques; what's goal of the team? Miyoko (from Fairfax): Ahnon emailed Miyoko requesting help regarding producing vegan cheese once we express the protein we need to put it into something miyokoskitchen.com Options a la Marc: # File a non-provisional patent application. Get it accepted. Then explicitly abandon the patent. # File a non-provisional patent application and stop doing anything, thus abandoning the patent. # 3rd party pre-grant review: 6 month period where patent is pending; can submit prior art; way of bringing thigs to the attention of people using PTO; but have to wait for someone else to file a patent, catch it, and with help of a lawyer file in response to the new patent Big Q: to patent or not to patent. Filing a provisional patent at this point would be shooting ourselves in the foot. What's the liklihood of an outside group affecting our group's ability to continue conducting research on this product beyond the iGEM competition? K-casein expression in e. coli is already patented provisional patent option: addresses 'first to file' concerns can lose the provisional if it lacks enough/appropriate information prior art: publically announced meet up group; personal witnesses to this meeting; here is what we said in our minutes today; everything we discussed today is prior art How do we execute the intellectual property internally? (next big hurdle) by patenting, giving yourselves the power to say 'open' or 'closed;' (BC or CCL or both?) conflict of interest statement prohibits any board members from being involved with projects that are not open-source another possible issue: anyone working with a formal lab (i.e. Patrik @ LLL) will have to show their employer any patents and have it approved as well techology transfer: additional concern associated with federally funded organizations sub-organization with separate by-laws and small board; only purpose of this sub-org would be to hold/file provisional patents/DPL Consensus to do 2 things: # write up... # attempt to either.....abandon DPL Linda Kahl US PTO: big change; $ from patent fees no longer all going to government; much of the fees are going to US PTOs new San Jose office Group in Ireland that has been contacting Patrik focused more on milk than the cheese have 30K in funding; backed by corporate investors (http://synbioaxlr8r.com/)
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