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Parallel Importation: A Disincentive for Developing World Access to Medicines

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Parallel importation serves as a challenge to improving access to medicines in the developing world.  Parallel importation occurs when a country imports a product from a 3rd country to take advantage of a cheaper price than what is present for the same product in-country.  The imports then directly and unfairly competes with the same product sold by the rights holder on the local market. Unfortunately for those most in need of special access to medicine Read More >

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Brazil Patent Policy: At a Crossroads

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The Government of Brazil approaches the patent policy crossroads with two ministries wanting to move in opposite directions.  In the last few months, both the Brazilian Patent Office (INPI) and the Brazilian Regulatory Authority (ANVISA) issued proposed rules concerning patents and are sifting through public comments to determine how they will deal with biotech patents. A quirk in Brazilian law requires that the health regulatory authority (ANVISA) must provide “prior consent” on the grant of a pharmaceutical patent.  Traditionally, Read More >

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BIO IP Counsels Committee Conference: Spring 2013 Line-Up

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San Diego, California is the next site for the BIO IP Counsels Committee Conference.  On March 25, 2013, biotech IP counsel will gather for an event dedicated to providing in-house IP counsel opportunities to learn cutting edge issues, network with their peers, and to enjoy another great location.  Here is the session line-up and confirmed speakers with more speaker confirmations to come.  Visit BIO’s IP Counsels Committee Conference page to register and learn more. Pre-Conference Read More >

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The Presidential Inaugural: Looking Back at 30 Years of Biotech Policy Milestones

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As President Barack Obama prepares for his second inauguration, we decided that it would be a good time to take a look back on some of the most important pieces of legislation enacted by past presidential administrations and Congress with the support of the biotechnology industry. From helping create jobs, to propelling continued innovation and promoting research to find cures for rare diseases, the following pieces of legislation from the past 30 years are some Read More >

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Patently Biotech’s Top 5 Articles of 2012

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2012 has been an eventful year for biotech IP issues.  Below are the top 5 articles and from Patently Biotech in 2012.  Click on the links to read the full articles. 1.  The Real Reason Why Salk Refused to Patent the Polio Vaccine A guest writer in a recent article in the Wall Street Journal repeated the oft quoted Jonas Salk statement about his Polio vaccine: “There is no patent.  Could you patent the sun?”  Many use this statement Read More >

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