Monthly Archives: November 2010

Is the Myriad Case Decision and/or the DOJ Brief TRIPS Compliant?

Judge Sweet seemed to dismiss Myriad’s constitutional taking and TRIPS claims by indicating: “Finally, Myriad’s suggestion that invalidating the patents-in-suit would constitute an unconstitutional taking in violation of the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution or a violation of the United States’ obligations under the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (“TRIPS”) is unpersuasive. Myriad’s novel taking argument runs counter to a long history of invalidation of patent claims by the courts and is unsupported by legal Read More >

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Trojan Gene Scientist: Risk from GE Salmon is Low

The Los Angeles Times ran an article on November 26 debunking the key argument of activist groups who oppose the genetically engineered AquAdvantage salmon.   The Food and Drug Administration’s public comment period for labeling requirements for a genetically engineered salmon ended not so quietly, with a flurry of press releases leading up to Monday’s deadline. They included an announcement by a group of lawmakers from Alaska and the Northwest that would prohibit FDA approval of a Read More >

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BIO’s Comments on proposed PTO Humanitarian Technologies and Licensing Through the Intellectual Property System

Here are the highlights from BIO’s recent submission on the proposed PTO “Request for Comments on Incentivizing Humanitarian Technologies and Licensing Through the Intellectual Property System.”   Background: 1.  “BIO’s members also understand that problems with access to medicines and other biotechnology products in the developing world have very little to do with the patent system, and are generally caused by other factors outside the control of individual stakeholders, such as lack of adequate local manufacturing, Read More >

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Recent Federal Register Notices

 A collection of Federal Register Notices dating back to November 5th.  Mainly for Small and Medium sized Enterprises: (SME) Government Programs to Assist Businesses Protect Their Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in Foreign Markets; Notice of Extension of Comment Period PTO Proposed Rule: Rules of Practice Before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences in Ex Parte Appeals PTO Notice: Expansion and Extension of the Green Technology Pilot Program

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The Wonders of Biotechnology: “Healthy” Chocolate!

Forget penicillin, space travel and the silicon chip. Science is on the verge of its greatest discovery – chocolate that’s good for you.  DNA experts are working with sweet giant Mars to create genetically modified chocolate that fights heart disease and diabetes and won’t make you fat.  They’ve already been at it for two years. And they claim that in another five, they could unlock the secret of how to make chocolate healthy.  The scientists Read More >

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