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Inter Partes Review – a Useful Tool for Overcoming Freedom-to-Operate Obstacles

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By Eric K. Steffe, Eldora L. Ellison, Ph.D., Todd Spalding, and Deborah A. Sterling, Ph.D. For companies facing freedom-to-operate obstacles, the AIA provides a number of tools for dealing with troublesome patents.  While proceeding at risk in the face of such patents sometimes make sense, inter partes review (IPR) provides a viable option for challenging them and should be considered as a valuable addition to one’s freedom-to-operate toolbox. Inter partes reexamination (IPX), which (bio)pharma used Read More >

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Traditional Knowledge and Genetic Resources: India Misses the Mark

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India recently asked the global community for comments on its “Draft Guidelines for Processing of Patent Applications Relating to Traditional Knowledge and Biological Material.”  BIO was very active in their support of the goals of the Convention on Biological Diversity and “believes that a practical and workable Access and Benefit Sharing regime will benefit both the owner and the user of genetic resources and help countries to utilize their resources to develop their economies.”  BIO Read More >

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The ‘Access to Medicines’ Debate: Throwing Patients Without Cures Under the Proverbial Bus

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The vast majority of the world’s patients remain completely forgotten in the ‘access to medicines’ debate.   Many fail to understand how that elimination will affect the development of the cures and treatments of tomorrow, especially for rare diseases, cancers, and other serious unmet medical conditions. The Forgotten: 25 million Americans suffer from nearly 7000 rare diseases.  30 million European Union citizens suffer from between 6000 to 8000 rare diseases, 80% of which are of genetic origin Read More >

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SIPO Examiner Workshop: Biotech Patent Practices in the U.S., China and Japan

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The biotechnology industry is an invention-intensive industry that relies heavily on the protection of intellectual property, especially patent rights. Patent protection is territorial, and patent practice varies in different jurisdictions. Many foreign biotech companies continue to look at China as an important emerging market, and they increasingly file patent applications in China to develop their global patent portfolios. At the same time, China has made biotechnology one of the eight strategic new technology focuses in Read More >

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Biotech Patenting Event: BIO’s 2012 Fall IPCC in Charleston, South Carolina

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BIO’s 2012 Fall IPCC Conference event on November 12-14 gathers biotech in-house counsels to provide and discuss relevant IP developments.  The Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna, Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit keynotes this year’s program along with the Honorable Judge Sally Gardner Lane, Administrative Patent Judge, Trial Division, Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. Find program topics and speakers below.  Click here for the full agenda.   Picking the Read More >

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