Monthly Archives: January 2011

Senator Leahy’s remarks on Senate Judiciary’s Innovation Agenda

Here are remarks Senator Leahy made at the Newseum yesterday regarding the Senate Judiciary’s agenda for the 112th Congress.  I have inserted below his comments on promoting innovation and creating jobs.  Promoting Innovation and Creating Jobs While we continue our work to protect the taxpayers’ dollars, we must also focus on protecting American jobs.  Last year, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously supported bipartisan efforts to stop online criminals from stealing our Nation’s intellectual property.  Online Read More >

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Looking Back, Looking Ahead: BIO Sets Policy Priorities for 2011

The ability of BIO members to heal, fuel, and feed the world depends on having an economic and public policy environment that supports their work. The Therapeutic Discovery Project (TDP) program, enacted in 2010, is an example of the type of policies necessary to spur continued medical innovation, while at the same time protecting and growing high-paying U.S. jobs. The TDP program provided $1 billion in research grants and credits for small biotech companies pursuing Read More >

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BIO Joins 261 Business, Research Institutions and Organizations to Urge Caution in Microsoft v. i4i Case*

*UPDATE – 90 more organizations have decided to add their names to the letter sent to the Department of Justice.  Please find the new letter. Please find attached an open letter to Attorney General Holder and Acting Solicitor General Katyal, signed by 171 businesses, research institutions and organizations of all sizes, representing U.S. innovation in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The signatories include leading innovators in agriculture, biotechnology, consumer products, electrical, mechanical  and Read More >

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Iowa Farmer: Litigation is the Root of the Problem

Iowa Farmer Reg Clause authored a January 6 editorial about the coexistence issue and USDA’s proposed approach to address the alleged problem of coexistence.  Clause raises cattle, corn and soybeans on a fourth generation family farm in central Iowa, and he is a Truth About Trade and Technology Board Member: Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack recently announced that his department may impose severe restrictions on GM alfalfa farmers. If enacted, these regulations would lead to what the Read More >

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BIO’s IP Priorities for 2011

As we start a new year, the BIO Intellectual Property Department has determined their 2011 priorities.  Intellectual Property remains a foundational priority for BIO and our 1100 biotechnology company members. BIO’s IP department has approved the following priorities for 2011: 1) PTO reforms to improve efficient, timely and quality examination 2) Congressional patent reform legislation 3) Improving IP protection in key foreign markets 4) IP legal developments in the courts 5) Protecting the breadth and flexibility of the patent Read More >

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