Monthly Archives: March 2011

BIO Europe Spring – State of the Biotech Industry

BIO Industry Analysis provided opening remarks at BIO Europe Spring in Milan, Italy, this morning.  Dr. John Craighead shared the highlights of BIO’s latest industry update: click here for the slides in pdf format.

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Patent Reform Bill good for Biotech

Patent Reform Passes the Senate and Moves to the House   Posted by Roy Zwahlen, manager of intellectual property and technology transfer policy at BIO. On March 8th, the Senate approved the America Invents Act (S. 23) by an overwhelming vote of 95-5.  BIO supports this bipartisan, consensus-oriented bill, formerly known as the Patent Reform Act of 2011.  Once enacted into law, it will strengthen and improve our nation’s patent system, spurring innovation and job creation. Patents are often Read More >

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Patent Reform Passes the Senate and Moves to the House

On March 8th, the Senate approved the America Invents Act (S. 23) by an overwhelming vote of 95-5.  BIO supports this bipartisan, consensus-oriented bill, formerly known as the Patent Reform Act of 2011.  Once enacted into law, it will strengthen and improve our nation’s patent system, spurring innovation and job creation. Patents are often the main assets of small biotech companies, and they rely on this intellectual property to attract investors to fund the lengthy Read More >

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President of the EPO says Unitary Patent Still on Track

Before answering this question, I must say that one thing has always astonished me: while Europe, or at least quite a number of EU Member States, was able to adopt a common currency after a relatively short period of negotiation considering the importance and sensitivity of the issue, it seems much more difficult to obtain a common patent with a single litigation system even though this is an absolute economic and legal necessity. First came Read More >

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Uganda Sets Aside GM Ban to Save Banana Crops

Excerpted from The Guardian, March 9, 2011: A typical adult in Uganda eats at least three times his or her body weight in bananas each year, more than anywhere else on Earth. Different varieties are steamed, boiled, roasted, turned into gin and beer, or simply peeled and eaten raw, such as the tiny sukali ndizi, considered by some experts to be finest banana in the world. But in recent years a devastating bacterial disease has Read More >

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