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BIO IP Counsels Conference Agenda Topics

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Join us in Austin for BIO’s Intellectual Property Counsels Committee Conference on April 16-18.  Agenda topics are below. The Decline of Process Patents: This session will examine the enforceability of process claims and how it has led to the recent controversy around divided infringement. Unlike claims to machines, manufactures, and compositions, process claims can be divided up by different actors, or by jurisdiction, and conceivably even by time.  Right now the focus is on different Read More >

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Patents for Humanity

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By David Kappos, Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Originally Published on USPTO Director’s Forum Sweeping revolutions in technology continue to fundamentally redefine the way we connect with one another and interact with the world. Today, an entrepreneur can do business with a remote village across an ocean just as quickly as a student in Boston can video-conference with a professor in Beijing. Political rallies can be organized by the click of Read More >

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PTO Genetic Testing Study: What’s Patents Got to Do with It

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The USPTO held a hearing on February 16 to collect testimony from interested parties to discuss factors affecting the availability of confirmatory, or second opinion, genetic testing.  However, the hearing quickly devolved into testimonies addressing so called ‘gene patents’ and genetic testing more broadly. Dr. Hans Sauer testified on behalf of BIO and first raised the question whether there is in fact patient demand for an ‘independent second opinion genetic test.’  While doctors would likely Read More >

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Why Are Women Underrepresented in Scientific Fields?

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Last week, I wrote about the systemic failure of public schools to prepare kids for science and math focused jobs. These aren’t just theoretical jobs of tomorrow, they are well-paid positions that American employers literally can’t fill fast enough. Despite this nation’s poor international ranking in both math and science educational achievement, tech focused jobs in the U.S. have grown at three times the normal pace through this past decade. This trend is expected to Read More >

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Bioscience Economic Development Needs Key Ingredients

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Realizing that entrepreneurship is a key ingredient in economic development, states and localities continue to support programs that assist bioscience businesses and capitalize on the regional presence of universities and/or federal laboratories. With this fact in mind, Peter M. Pellerito, a senior policy consultant at BIO, and I recently collaborated on a report that investigates what specific steps have been taken across the United States as a means of attracting bioscience companies and expanding job Read More >

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