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President Obama Talks Climate Change: “We need to act”

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On the steps of Georgetown University Tuesday, President Obama announced his multi-step plan to fight climate change and called the American people to action. The President began his speech by citing facts and examples of climate change that have already been witnessed across this nation. In 2012 alone, climate and weather disasters, which stem from our warming planet, cost the American economy more than $100 billion. Left unmitigated, global warming will continue to cause increasingly Read More >

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MERS, Patents, and Material Transfer Agreements: What WHO Didn’t Know

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The outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV), a SARS like virus has lead to some strong anti-IP statements in Geneva.  A recent article titled “Finding a Fall Guy for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome” in IPWatchdog provides context from multiple news sources and concludes: “An independent review of the claims that patents and the [Material Transfer Agreements] are hindering international MERS-COV research appeared in a May 28, 2013 story in Science Insider. Here’s the lead: Are Read More >

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Myriad Supreme Court Decision: BIO’s Statement

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Statement On U.S. Supreme Court Review Of Isolated DNA Patents Washington, D.C. (June 13, 2013) Jim Greenwood, President and CEO of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), today issued the following statement on  the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision regarding Myriad Genetics’ patent claims on isolated DNA molecules: “The Supreme Court today summarily ruled that so-called cDNA remains eligible for patenting.  cDNA is the commercially most important form of DNA used in biotechnology.  Today’s decision offers urgently-needed Read More >

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IP in Latin America: Growing Recognition of the Importance of IP to Innovation

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The Inter-American Dialogue’s daily Latin America Advisor recently asked the question “How seriously do Latin American countries protect IP rights?”  The editors asked various stakeholders about the U.S. Trade Representative’s Special 301 Report and its evaluation of Latin America’s protection of IP rights.  BIO’s Director for International Affairs, Meredith Fensom, commented on the growth of the innovative biotechnology sectors in Latin America and the critical role intellectual property plays.  “The presence of more than 60 Read More >

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Gene Patents, Angelina Jolie, and Reality

Gene Patents, Angelina Jolie, and Reality

By Dr. Hans Sauer, J.D., Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property, Biotechnology Industry Organization  Angelina Jolie recently announced her personal connection with breast cancer and Myriad’s BRCA genetic test.  While Jolie’s post was a commendable personal account of the real world impact of breast cancer and the real world impact of developments in healthcare technology, a few less informed individuals have tried to take advantage of this recent announcement from stardom and spread misinformation.  Let’s Read More >

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