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Patents in the U.S. Supreme Court

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A special session at the 2011 BIO International Convention takes a fascinating look at the underlying factors involved in the U.S. Supreme Court hearing patent cases. The Supreme Court has been accepting patent cases at a higher rate than ever before, with three major patent appeals reviewed this past term alone.  And the Court seems poised to accept several more in the coming year. According to the session moderator, Chief Judge (Ret.) Paul Michel from Read More >

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Counterfeiting: White House IP Czar Victoria Espinel on working with corporations

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White house IP Czar Victoria Espinel spoke at BIO’s 2011 International Convention in a session titled Counterfeiting: How corporations and government can work together.  She told the audience that when entering her new assignment she was surprised to find out that counterfeiting was a large problem in the United States and not just abroad. The Administration has increased enforcement in counterfeit medicines as seizures of health related counterfeits have gone up 97% from last year.  Read More >

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Docs at BIO: Patent Litigation Tactics and Strategies for Biosimilars

One of the highlights of the afternoon sessions at the BIO International Convention was a seminar appropriately entitled “A Brave New World: Patent Litigation Tactics and Strategies for Biosimilars,” where an experienced panel of patent attorneys presented their interpretation of the new biosimilars pathway of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act and speculated on some of the potential issues that will arise once the statute is put into practice.  From Patent Docs.

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Biotech Patenting and Tech Transfer at 2011 BIO International Convention


The Biotech Patenting and Tech Transfer track has a lot to offer 2011 BIO International Convention Attendees.  High level speakers include White House Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel, European Patent Office Director of Biotechnology Sjoerd Hoekstra, retired Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Paul Michel, and former Solicitors General Seth Waxman and Paul Clement to name a few.                 I am particularly excited about the breadth of the Read More >

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House Patent Reform Bill, HR 1249, still has the Administration’s and BIO’s support

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The White House, Office of Management and Budget, Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office have come out in support of HR 1249 and the Manager’s Amendment to the bill.  The only caveat mentioned is that “final legislative action [should] ensure that the US Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO’s) fee collections are made fully available to support the nation’s patent and trademark system.” BIO also has come out in Read More >

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