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SIPO Examiner Workshop: Biotech Patent Practices in the U.S., China and Japan

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The biotechnology industry is an invention-intensive industry that relies heavily on the protection of intellectual property, especially patent rights. Patent protection is territorial, and patent practice varies in different jurisdictions. Many foreign biotech companies continue to look at China as an important emerging market, and they increasingly file patent applications in China to develop their global patent portfolios. At the same time, China has made biotechnology one of the eight strategic new technology focuses in Read More >

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It’s World Polio Day – Time to Make History

John Hewko

Oct. 24 is World Polio Day, an opportunity to share a message of extreme importance: The global community must step up now with the resources needed to eradicate this crippling childhood disease once and for all. In all of history, smallpox is the only human disease to be eradicated. It’s time to make global health history a second time by wiping out polio. And that can only happen by reaching every child in every corner Read More >

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Pharma & Biotech Companies Donate Hundreds of Millions of Dollars to Copayment Foundations. Here’s Why.

Mary Sundeen

In addition to using their own Patient Assistance Programs, many pharma and biotech companies are supporting independent 501(c)3 non-profit copayment foundations to increase treatment compliance, access to care for insured Americans (including Medicare patients), and to promote proper disease management. Copayment foundations have helped hundreds of thousands of insured Americans afford their coverage and their treatments. The HealthWell Foundation, one of the nation’s largest non-profits, recently issued a white paper on copayment assistance as a Read More >

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What Will It Take for the U.S. to Maintain Leadership in the Biopharma Industry?

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The biopharmaceutical industry is an important contributor to U.S. economic growth and sustainability, with more than 650,000 direct jobs (supporting a total of nearly 4 million jobs) and an economic output that totals more than $900 billion.[i] This significant economic impact is due to the high value-added nature of the sector, its extensive supply chain relationships, and high-wage jobs. As a result, gains and losses in the biopharmaceutical sector cascade across many important economic sectors Read More >

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Creating a Preparedness Plan: A Good Investment

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No one thinks that their company may be affected by a flood, earthquake or other disaster, but with 43 natural disasters in 2011 (Emergency Events Database search on 2011 US based disasters. http://www.emdat.be/advanced-search. Accessed September 15, 2012.) directly affecting millions in the United States, and projections for more for the next few years, more and more small businesses are being seriously impacted.  While many small biotech company owners think disruptions won’t happen to their business, Read More >

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