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Biotech Patent Case Law Updates at the IPCC

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By John W. Cox, Counsel at Alston+Bird LLP The Spring 2012 BIO Intellectual Property Counsels’ Committee (IPCC) Conference, held in Austin, Texas, provided an excellent forum for intellectual property (IP) practitioners in the biotech industry to socialize, network, and participate in panel discussions focusing on the dynamic developments in the patent laws.  The conference began for the general participants over margaritas and Tex-Mex fare, where attendees were already discussing recent Supreme Court and Federal Circuit decisions Read More >

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National Infant Immunization Week, April 21-28

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Routine immunization of one birth cohort (i.e. people born in a particular year) during childhood prevents about 20 million cases of disease and 42,000 deaths in the U.S. These statistics are staggering, especially when we consider how far vaccinology and preventive medicine have come in such a short time period. Today, vaccines help protect children against 14 diseases before the age of two. Many diseases that parents once feared have been long forgotten. In the Read More >

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When Did Tree Huggers Become Tree Haters?

Vandals destroped genetically engineered pine trees in New Zealand.

As we celebrate Arbor Day 2012, I want to personally chew out any of the “activist” ilk whose agendas are so extreme, it results in destruction.  I’m talking about eco-terrorism, agri-terrorism, crop vandalism, etc. – basically, killing trees and plants. This destruction becomes especially horrific when it kills not only the plants and trees themselves, but holds back research and scientific progress aimed and healing, fueling and feeding the world. In recent weeks, The New Read More >

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National Bioeconomy Blueprint

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Today, the White House released its National Bioeconomy Blueprint.  The Blueprint defines the bioeconomy as, “economic activity that is fueled by research and innovation in the biological sciences” and identifies the bioeconomy as a priority for the Obama Administration. BIO provided input and submitted ideas to the Administration after it announced the development of the Blueprint last Fall. While the Administration has largely been focused on advancing innovation in areas such as electronic devices, social Read More >

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Congressional Hearing on International Patent Issues: BIO Submits Comments

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The House Judiciary Committee conducted a hearing on World IP Day on “International Patent Issues: Promoting a Level Playing Field for American Industry Abroad.”  BIO submitted written comments for the record highlighting the unique patenting challenges that biotechnology companies face around the world. “To fully understand what is needed to level the playing field for the biotechnology sector in international markets, one must understand the intellectual property (IP) needs of the biotechnology sector.  Biotechnology innovation Read More >

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