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[Savannah-register-public] [task #14528] Submission of relax

From: Edward d'Auvergne
Subject: [Savannah-register-public] [task #14528] Submission of relax
Date: Tue, 2 Jul 2019 03:26:03 -0400 (EDT)
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Follow-up Comment #44, task #14528 (project administration):

Well, none of the 3D structures (PDB files) in relax contain any patent,
copyright or other claims.  That we are 100% certain of.  Almost all
structures are the natural form of the molecule.  I'll quote from:

    Rochelle K Seide & Alicia A Russo (2002) Patenting 3D protein structures,
Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents, 12:2, 147-150, DOI:
10.1517/13543776.12.2.147 <>

The courts have stated that where a product is different from that found in
nature, the product may be patentable [11]. In the area of nonliving products
of nature, modifications from nature properly defined in the claims can avoid
a rejection on the grounds of lack of novelty [12]. Information on the 3D
structure of a protein is useful for a multitude of purposes, e.g., rational
drug design, understanding why mutations disrupt the activity of the molecule
etc. These arguments may not be persuasive to a patent examiner, however, and
the applicant who wishes patent protection may be required to show something
more than just the crystallisation and structure determination of the

For the single structure in relax that has a non-natural human made mutation
(the N60D mutation of calmodulin <>) -
and we know the people involved personally - no patents have ever been applied
for.  For the small organic molecule structures, we created these structures
within our own research groups and there are no claims on these.


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