Stop the presses: Paul Offit's resume is WRONG!

1 Aug

If you check Dr. Offit’s resume, you will find that he list three patents:

Clark, HF., Offit, P., Plotkin, S.A. Rotavirus reassortant vaccine. United States Patent #5,626,851. Issued May 6, 1998.

Speaker, T.J., Clark, H.F., Moser, C.A., Offit, P.A., Campos, M., Frenchick. P.J. Aqueous-based encapsulation of a bovine herpes virus type-1 subunit vaccine. United States Patent #6,270,800. Issued August 7, 2001.

Clark HF, Speaker, T.J., Offit, P.A. Aqueous solvent encapsulation method, apparatus and microcapsules. United States Patent number 6,531,156. Issued March 11, 2003.

In preparing a post, I found that the above is not accurate. I feel I must note the mistakes. Yes, there are multiple mistakes. If you do a patent search for “vaccine” with “Offit” as the inventor, you get 24 patents and applications. I list them below:

ES2216242T3 ENCAPSULACION DE VACUNA SUBUNITARIA CONTRA EL VIRUS DEL HERPES BOVINO TIPO 1 EN BASE A UN DISOLVENTE ACUOSO.

PT0873752T ENCAPSULACAO COM BASE EM SOLVENTE AQUOSO DE UMA VACINA DE UMA SUBUNIDADE DO VIRUS DO HERPES BOVINO DE TIPO-1

DK0873752T3 Vandigt oplesningsmiddel-baseret indkapsling af vaccine af en bovint herpesvirus type-1-underenhed

EP0873752B1 Aqueous solvent based encapsulation of a bovine herpes virus type-1 subunit vaccine

US6531156 Aqueous solven encapsulation method, apparatus and microcapsules

CA2065847C ROTAVIRUS REASSORTANT VACCINE

US6290968 Rotavirus reassortant vaccine

US6270800 Aqueous solvent based encapsulation of a bovine herpes virus type-1 subunit vaccine

EP0873752A3 Aqueous solvent based encapsulation of a bovine herpes virus type-1 subunit vaccine

US6113910 Rotavirus reassortant vaccine

AU0713639B2 AQUEOUS SOLVENT BASED ENCAPSULATION OF A BOVINE HERPES VIRUS TYPE-1 SUBUNIT VACCINE

ZA9803327A AQUEOUS SOLVENT BASED ENCAPSULATION OF A BOVINE HERPES VIRUS TYPE-1 SUBUNIT VACCINE.

DK0493575T3 Vaccine af reassortant rotavirus

JP10316586A2 CAPSULATION OF BOVINE HERPES VIRUS TYPE-1 SUBUNIT VACCINE ON BASIS OF AQUEOUS SOLVENT

NZ0330251A BOVINE HERPES VIRUS TYPE-1 (BHV-1) SUBUNIT VACCINE IN AN AQUEOUS SOLVENT BASED ENCAPSULATION

AU6351198A1 AQUEOUS SOLVENT BASED ENCAPSULATION OF A BOVINE HERPES VIRUS TYPE-1 SUBUNIT VACCINE

EP0873752A2 Aqueous solvent based encapsulation of a bovine herpes virus type-1 subunit vaccine
CA2229430AA AQUEOUS SOLVENT BASED ENCAPSULATION OF BOVINE HERPES VIRUS TYPE-1 SUBUNIT VACCINE

EP0493575B1 ROTAVIRUS REASSORTANT VACCINE

US5750109 Rotavirus reassortant vaccine

US5626851 Rotavirus reassortant vaccine

GR3018262T3 Rotavirus reassortant vaccine.

EP0323708B1 Rotavirus reassortant vaccine

EP0493575A4 ROTAVIRUS REASSORTANT VACCINE

Why would someone leave all those patents off of a resume? A lot of these patents are international versions of US patents (Note the first two letters in each patent number US=United States, EP=European Patent, GR=Great Britain, etc.). Some of the US patents are “picture patents”. They are non-obvious variations, but similar to other, more fundamental patents.

Oh, yeah. There was another mistake. He lists patent #5,626,851 as Issued May 6, 1998. Actually, it was issued May 6, 1997. Obviously a part of some plot. I can’t tell how exactly it benefits him, but it must somehow. Just like the fact that he left patents off his resume, must be a plot. Nefarious.

Well, curiosity got the best of me. I emailed Dr. Offit to ask why these are missing from his resume. He responded that yes, indeed, they are “picture patents”, and that including them all seemed like resume padding.

There is a saying amongst old timers (in any field): “I’ve forgotten more about this subject than you will even know”. It appears that Dr. Offit has left more pertinent qualifications off his resume than his detractors (combined) will ever have.

How many of us have resumes so good that we can leave off 21 patents and cherry pick the really fundamental ones? How many of us can only list the invited talks we’ve given in the recent past (as Dr. Offit does)?

CBS news: can I have a job? I’ve “unearthed” more than you did. Oh, but it doesn’t fit with the “conflict of interest” theme, does it?

2 Responses to “Stop the presses: Paul Offit's resume is WRONG!”

  1. isles August 2, 2008 at 06:14 #

    I think the really remarkable thing is that Dr. Offit has consistently taken the high road, not only in the probity of his professional conduct and his disinclination to trumpet his own accomplishments, but also his levelheadedness in the face of mean-spirited, fact-free accusations and insinuations made with the intent of harming his career.

    The nastiest thing I have ever heard of him doing was referring to the persistence of the principals of the antivaccine movement as “endearing.” Shall we compare that to the invective and even threats directed toward him over the past several years?

    To parallel your comparison, Sullivan, I would add that Dr. Offit is far more decent on his worst day than are his detractors when on their best behavior.

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    […] I’ll also point out that he is listed as an inventor on about 24 patents worldwide, with about 10 on Rotavirus. Of those, there are multiple US Patents. (I’ll note that Dr. Offit does not list all his patents on his resume.) […]

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