Monthly Archives: April 2009

Unintended Consequences of California's LCFS

The LA Times today published an insightful opinion article written by Gal Luft, executive director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security and co-founder of the Set America Free Coalition titled “Greenhouse gas rules could fuel oil dependence” http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-luft16-2009apr16,0,2388173.story. One of the reasons many experts and stakeholders are following the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) process so closely is that in all likelihood other states and ultimately the Read More >

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EU Farmers Have High Hopes for Obama

Forbes ran a commentary April 2nd authored by Maria Gabriela Cruz, a Portuguese grower of biotech maize, urging Obama to help facilitate change in EU attitudes on biotech crops. When Obama visited Europe recently – for the first time as president – he enjoyed high approval ratings among Europeans, especially in Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Russia. “What these supporters may not realize is that Obama is an advocate of agricultural biotechnology – a field Read More >

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Federal Trade Commission holds “Evolving IP Marketplace” hearing on Friday, April 17, 2009

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is hosting another meeting in a series entitled “The Evolving IP Marketplace.”

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CBO Calculates Ethanol’s Impact on Food Prices

According to a newly released Congressional Budget Office report, ethanol contributed between 0.5 and 0.8 percentage points (10-15 percent) of the overall 5.1 percent increase in food prices between April 2007 and April 2008. That estimate is considerably lower than previous estimates. The report also calculated the increase in costs for federal food aid programs, which was the initial reason that Reps. Ron Kind (D-Wisc.), Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), and James McGovern (D-Mass.) requested it. Despite Read More >

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The Blunders of In Re Kubin

A recent U.S. Federal Circuit of Appeals decision (In Re Kubin) distorts the definition of a patentable invention, threatening the future of biotechnology innovation in the United States. Read our summary.

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