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Patent Awards for Humanitarian Ventures

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The USPTO recently announced the Patents for Humanity Challenge which awards patent owners and licensees for innovations that address humanitarian needs.  Judges will chose winners from four categories: Medical technology – includes medicines, vaccines, diagnostic equipment, or assistive devices. Food and nutrition – includes agricultural technology like drought-resistant crops, more nutritious crop strains, farming equipment, and technologies that improve food storage, preservation, or preparation. Clean technology – includes technologies that improve public health by removing Read More >

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Is the Polio Vaccine an Anti-Patent Success Story?

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By Hans Sauer, Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property, Biotechnology Industry Organization Question from a Reader: Heather: Whether Jonas Salk believed in patenting research or not isn’t important, at least not to me. What I do find important, and hadn’t realized until reading this article, is that the polio vaccine was extremely successful despite the fact that it wasn’t patented. That sounds like an interesting story because it goes against the current dogma of ‘we won’t Read More >

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The Real Reason Why Salk Refused to Patent the Polio Vaccine

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Editor’s Note: Despite the progress in polio and other diseases made possible by vaccines, today we are witnessing a resurgence of vaccine-preventable illnesses as nervous parents skip their children’s shots. Watch the PBS documentary Vaccines—Calling the Shots to find learn more.  BIO is also a leading voice on the patent-ability of biotech inventions and other IP matters. To get the most recent updates on IP in the biotech world, please sign up for BIO’s free bi-monthly IP Newsletter. Read More >

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Job Skills Training Paves Way for ‘Economy that’s Built to Last’

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‎Not surprisingly, President Obama’s vision for “an economy built to last,” as outlined in this week’s State of the Union address, makes job creation a cornerstone: “I also hear from many business leaders who want to hire in the United States but can’t find workers with the right skills. Growing industries in science and technology have twice as many openings as we have workers who can do the job. Think about that – openings at Read More >

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Brazilian Innovation: A Patent Success

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The story of Acheflan highlights the role of patents in homegrown innovation in developing countries.  Professor Michael Ryan of George Washington University Law School reviewed several case studies (including Acheflan) in Brazil that highlight the differences in biomedical innovation both pre- and post-intellectual property reforms. In the early 1980’s, Ache Laboratorios Farmaceuticos (a Brazilian generics manufacturer) became aware of a plant that grew near coastal cities that local fishermen would mash into an oil rub Read More >

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