coronavirus patent

The coronavirus is a patented virus. That sounds like a bizarre conspiracy theory doesn’t it? After all, patents only apply to inventions.

By this point you’re probably thinking that a newspaper that suggests the coronavirus is patented, is completely untrustworthy.

Which is why we’ve included a direct link to the U.S National Library of Medicine which lists the patent.

According to the British Library, a patent for an invention is granted by the government to the inventor, giving the inventor the right to stop others, for a limited period, from making, using or selling the invention without their permission.

When patent protection is granted, the invention becomes the property of the inventor, which like any other form of property or business asset, can be bought, sold, rented or hired.

However, a patent cannot be applied if the invention in question is:


  • A discovery – (in other words, if the substance or invention in question is merely discovered, not created, then it cannot be patented.)


  • A scientific theory or mathematical method
  • An aesthetic creation, literary, dramatic or artistic work
  • A scheme or method for performing a mental act, playing a game or doing business
  • The presentation of information or a computer program 
  • If the invention involves more than these abstract aspects so that it has physical features (such as special apparatus to play a new game) then it may be patentable. 

In addition, it is not possible to get a patent for plant variety, a method of treatment of the human or animal body by surgery, therapy or diagnosis.

But what about the US where the patent was granted?

Well, the same definition of patents is given by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

According to USPTO, a patent for an invention is the grant of a property right to the inventor, issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The right conferred by the patent grant is, in the language of the statute and of the grant itself, “the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling” the invention in the United States or “importing” the invention into the United States. 

So once again, the coronavirus is a patented virus.

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