IP Librarian Embedded into Public Interest Patent Project

IP Librarian Professor Jon Cavicchi, as the UNH Law patent searching expert, has been embedded for the Fall semsester into the UNH Law ITTI Clinic. The Clinic, with a squad of patent students, is doing a patent landscape analysis of Chagas Disease vaccine technologes.

Chagas disease is an infection caused by a protozoan parasite (Trypanosoma cruzi) that can result in acute inflammatory skin changes (chagomas) and may eventually cause infection and inflammation of many other body tissues, especially those of the heart and intestinal tract. With an annual incidence of 28,000 cases in the region of the Americas, Chagas disease affects approximately 6 to 8 million people and causes on average, about 12,000 deaths per year.

The Library is excited to contribute to this project that is being completed in loose association with the U.S. Department of Commerce Commerical Law Development Project. The report will be used for several purposes. First, Professor Stan Kowalski and hopefully students from the team, will present the methodology and findings to a delegation from an affected nation. This will demonstrate the power of global patent analysis building capacity in developing nations. Second, the data might be used by national governments and/or scholalrs to build vaccine technologies free of IP conflicts, saving lives and limbs.

The Library and ITTI thank Deans Megan Carpenter and Mike McCann for their support of this project, supporting IP in the public interest.