Monthly Archives: December 2010

Representative Conyers speech at AUTM’s 30th Anniversary Bayh-Dole event

Statement of the Honorable John Conyers, Jr. appearing at the Association of University Technology Managers 30th Anniversary of the Bayh-Dole Act Wednesday, December 1, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. Washington Convention Center I would like to thank you for inviting me to speak before this distinguished group of professionals today. America has always been a nation of dreamers and innovators. Edison’s lightbulb illuminated the world and the Wright brothers showed us that we could fly. We Read More >

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USPTO Economic Research Agenda

The USPTO has a new Office of the Chief Economist and they have recently published their research agenda. USPTO Economic Research Agenda The OCE is embarking upon an aggressive economic research program to provide evidence on a range of matters relevant to policymaking and the effect of IP on economic outcomes more generally.  These include: (1) Relating IP to economic growth, performance and employment, including:                          (a)  IP and entrepreneurship                                              (b)  IP and wider Read More >

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How “Fear of Science” Is Harming Our Future

Michael Specter, staff writer at The New Yorker, told attendees at the GrowCanada Conference last week that irrational thinking about scientific advancements like plant biotechnology may present unique concerns to the world.  This is the greatest time there has ever been on this planet, by any measure that you wish to choose,” Specter says. “And yet the chilling effect caused by denying the scientific evidence on a whole range of topics, including genetically modified foods, may Read More >

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Pathogens and the Nagoya Protocol of the Convention on Biological Diversity

          Some nations have argued that the recent Nagoya Protocol of the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) includes pathogens. The inclusion of pathogens in the Nagoya Protocol could adversely affect the world’s ability to control outbreaks of infectious disease.  The following reasons demonstrate why pathogens are not and should not be included in the Nagoya Protocol. Contrary to the Mission of the CBD: The three main objectives of the CBD are; “The conservation of biological Read More >

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AUTM Bayh-Dole 30th Anniversary Event – Senator Bayh’s Speech

Statement of Senator Birch Bayh On the 30th Anniversary of the Bayh-Dole Act I’m delighted to be here today to say “Happy Birthday” to the Bayh-Dole Act on its 30th anniversary. It’s great to look around the room and see so many friends who worked so hard to make this day possible along with those who appreciate what the law means to our country, and indeed, the world. Bayh-Dole teaches several lessons worth recalling: • Read More >

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