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BIO Deputy General Counsel Testifies on Patent Reform

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On Wednesday, March 18, BIO’s Deputy Counsel for Intellectual Property, Hans Sauer, testified in front of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee regarding proposed reforms to the current U.S. patent system. The hearing was a chance for the Judiciary committee to listen to experts on what should be done to halt misuse of the patent system. In his remarks, Mr. Sauer noted that while BIO appreciates efforts by Congress to curb patent troll abuses, some of Read More >

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BIO Chair Testifies Before Senate

BIO’s Chair and CEO of GlycoMimetics, Rachel King

BIO’s Chair and CEO of GlycoMimetics, Rachel King, testified before the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship today where she reinforced the need for patent protection incentives to encourage small business innovation. Ms. King also encouraged Congress to address weaknesses in the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Inter Partes Review (IRP) system that allows abuses perpetrated against legitimate patent holders. Read her full testimony. You can read more about BIO’s position on patent Read More >

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BIO and University Organizations offer Support of STRONG Patents Act

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On March 4, 2015, Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced a new bill, The STRONG Patents Act of 2015. Sponsored alongside Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI), the bill is offered as a complement to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Goodlatte’s (R-VA) Innovation Act, which many in the biotech sector see as an imbalanced bill. The STRONG Patents Act of 2015 would target the abusive practices of patent trolls in a narrowly tailored setting, Read More >

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BIO IPCC Spring Conference Program Announced

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BIO’s 2015 IP Counsels Committee Spring Conference & Meeting will be held April 15-17 in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Four Seasons St. Louis Hotel. The biannual conference offers timely, relevant educational sessions on the latest issues in the biotech IP sector, informal networking events designed to promote discussion and foster relationships among industry colleagues, and practical tips for attendees to use the next day. Attendees will hear from the foremost experts in biotech IP Read More >

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BIO and Universities Caution Against Innovation Act, Emphasize the Need for Patent Protection

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In light of House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte’s (R-VA) re-introduction of the Innovation Act, BIO and university representatives are urging the 114th Congress to protect their intellectual property, emphasizing the crucial role of patent protection in research and development.  In his statement on the re-introduction of the Innovation Act, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood urged caution: “BIO supports targeted reforms to reign in abusive patent enforcement practices, but any efforts to accomplish this Read More >

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