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Patent Opposition Database

The Patent Opposition Database is a project of the Médecins Sans Frontières Access Campaign and provides a way for people worldwide to work together to challenge medical patents in their countries, opening the door to providing cheap, generic medicines to those who need it most.

Patent Opposition Database

We worked with the MSF team to design a website to support the process, which began with a large data set of patents, often in inaccessible PDFs requiring extensive medical and pharmaceutical knowledge to understand.

The site was built on a crowdsourcing model, enabling those with the medical know-how to examine patents and find opportunities to challenge them, which they can add to the site using an annotation tool which we prototyped and tested with their users.