Monthly Archives: February 2009

Stiffer Penalties for Anti-Biotech Activities

Marie Mason, a radical activist who helped set fire to protest research on biotech crops was sentenced February 6th to nearly 22 years in prison.  Mason was deemed responsible for the explosion and fire that caused more than $1 million in damage to Michigan State University’s Agriculture Hall on New Year’s Eve 1999.  U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney said Mason decided to “elevate her grievances beyond the norms of civilized society” through fire and destruction.  Read More >

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New Era in Animal Biotechnology: FDA Approves Therapy Produced with Genetically Engineered Goats

As an animal scientist, today is an exciting day in my career. I know first-hand the dedication and scientific expertise needed to work towards developing technologies that use animals to improve the human condition. Animals have a long history of serving humankind, and today marks another contribution. It is a landmark day for us, and it hails the efforts of animal scientists everywhere. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted the first-ever U.S. approval of Read More >

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Help the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Recently our President & CEO, Jim Greenwood sent a letter to President Obama, congratulating him on his historic election, and providing him with a few suggestions as to how to improve things at the USPTO. For those of you who aren’t super-familiar with the USPTO, let me just say that they have been charged with the processing of patent applications and granting patents. Patents, as our sixteenth president, Abraham Lincoln very eloquently said, “add the Read More >

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Biofuels and Irreversible Climate Change

Last week, the paper Irreversible climate change because of carbon dioxide emissions was published in the early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The article received coverage on the airwaves, blogosphere, and in the traditional media. Susan Solomon, the lead author on the paper was interviewed by NPR, “We’re used to thinking about pollution problems as things that we can fix,” Solomon says. “Smog, we just cut back and everything will Read More >

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Is the FTC well-suited to take on IP/Patent policy?

On December 5, 2008 the Federal Trade Commission held the first in a series of hearings entitled: The Evolving IP Marketplace. According to the FTC, the hearings are intended to examine changes in intellectual property law and patent-related business models since the FTC issued its October 2003 report, entitled To Promote Innovation: The Proper Balance of Competition and Patent Law and Policy A Report by the Federal Trade Commission. December 5th’s hearing featured CAFC Chief Read More >

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