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Bayh Dole Act a Failure? Part II: The Comments

By Guest Joseph Allen Yesterday we posted the reply of Robin Rasor, President of the Assn of University Technology Managers, to a Washington Post opinion piece by Vivek Wadhwa asserting that the university/industry technology transfer model established under the Bayh-Dole Act had failed and should be replaced.  The article set off a series of comments, the most interesting of which occurred when Mr Wadhwa challenged Rasor to document the statistics she used asserting the Bayh-Dole Read More >

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Public Opinion: What do voters think about biotechnology?


The majority of voters recognize the important work being conducted at biotech companies and place a high value on the industry’s contributions. After only a brief neutral description of the biotechnology industry, 87% of those polled have a favorable image of the biotech industry. More than three-quarters of Americans surveyed are convinced that biotech is working every day on curing diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes and Parinson’s. Furthermore, they believe that these cures will Read More >

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Bayh Dole Act a failure?

By Guest Writer Joseph Allen One hotly debated topic in Washington of real importance to the biotechnology community is how well the annual multi-billion dollar federal investment in R&D is being translated into new products, jobs and companies needed to improve the lives of US taxpayers and help pull the US economy out of its current doldrums.  An interesting insight on the debate is captured in a Washington Post article “Innovation’s golden opportunity” that ran Read More >

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Global Biotechnology IP Evaluation by Scientific American

Scientific American evaluated the strength of intellectual property in 48 countries (click on chart on top left side of story for data) in its Worldview Scorecard including a chart with country rankings. This data* is based on patentable inventions, membership of international treaties, duration of protection, enforcement mechanisms and restrictions (e.g., compulsory licensing). The U.S. holds the top spot, followed closely by Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, and the Netherlands (all tied Read More >

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Scientific American on BRIC’s IP Environment

Scientific American World View issued a special report at this year’s 2011 BIO International Convention that had several references to IP protections around the world but focused particularly on the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, and China).  See below for interesting takes on the IP environment in each country. China: Patently Ambiguous asserts that while “China’s intellectual property environment remains challenging at best” several involved on the ground in China believe that “there should be Read More >

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