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TTIP: Global Regulatory Cooperation and Convergence

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The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) initiative holds tremendous promise for the long-term competitiveness of the Transatlantic economy by supporting research and development of innovative technologies. A concerted effort through the TTIP to unleash the potential of biotechnology in the Transatlantic economy can help bring innovative products to consumers, create jobs, and improve economic prospects on both sides of the Atlantic. The recent (TTIP) negotiations focus on several principles that BIO promotes to boost Read More >

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Bayh-Dole and Technology Transfer Continue to Deliver

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The Association of University Technology Managers released the 2012 AUTM U.S. Licensing Activity Survey Highlights which provides data on respondents from “161 universities, 32 hospitals and research institutes, and one third-party technology investment firm” (a response rate of 65%).  Here are some of the highlights: Start-Ups and Products: • 705 startup companies formed (+5.1% [over last year]), 554 of which had their primary place of business in the licensing institution’s home state (+13.8% [over last Read More >

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TPP and Innovation in the Bioeconomy: The Need for 12 Years of Data Protection

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A few weeks ago, BIO submitted a letter and white paper (PDF) to the U.S. Trade Representative outlining recommendations for policies to pursue with TPP negotiating partners to ensure intellectual property protection for innovative biologic products. Standards that enable biotechnology companies to protect and leverage their intellectual property are of critical importance to companies seeking breakthrough treatments and cures for patients in need worldwide. Implementing standards of protection that effectively protect innovation for biological products within the TPP region Read More >

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NORD Urges Congress: Don’t Cut Orphan Drug Tax Credit

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This week, the National Organization of Rare Disorders (NORD) and more than 70 patient organizations sent a letter to key members of Congress in support of maintaining the Orphan Drug Tax Credit. Representing millions of American men, women and children suffering from rare diseases, the organizations voice strong support for the Orphan Drug Tax Credit (ODTC) and urge Congress to keep this critical tax credit in place as tax reform proposals are developed. According to Read More >

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Patent Docs Highlights the BIO IPDx Symposium

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Patent Docs recently highlighted McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff’s (MBHB) panel at BIO’s IP and Diagnostics Symposium (IPDx).  Moderated by Donald Zuhn at MBHB, panelists from MBHB, Roche Diagnostics, and the USPTO discussed the impact of the Myriad decision on obtaining patent protection for genetic diagnostics.  The panel concluded the following: “While there was agreement that the Myriad holding is not limited to human DNA, there was spirited disagreement regarding its long-term impact on patents claiming naturally Read More >

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