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BIO has issued a strong letter of support for the Manager’s Amendment to H.R. 1249, the America Invents Act

by Stephanie D. Fischer BIO has issued a strong letter of support for the Manager’s Amendment to H.R. 1249, the America Invents Act.  The letter is posted on our website and the text is below: “On behalf of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), I am writing to express our strong support for your Manager’s Amendment to H.R. 1249, the America Invents Act. It is our strong desire to see this bill, as amended, passed by Read More >

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Supreme Court Affirms: High Level of Proof Needed to Invalidate A Patent

Posted by Stephanie Fischer on June 10, 2011 at 3:29pm EDT on BIOtech Now The U.S. Supreme Court issued a favorable decision yesterday in the critical case of Microsoft v. i4i, in which Microsoft challenged the “clear and convincing evidence” standard traditionally used by courts in determining whether to invalidate an issued U.S. patent.   Microsoft argued for a lower “preponderance of the evidence” standard, under which patents could be invalidated by a mere “more likely than not” determination by Read More >

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Debunking the Myth: ‘Gene Patents’ are not necessary for healthcare innovation.

Myth: ‘Gene Patents’ are not necessary for health care innovation. Facts: Patents on DNA preparations or sequences are often the first patents upon which a later technology platform or portfolio is built.  These patents are often in-licensed from universities by small start-up companies for the purpose of additional R&D, evidencing that the public/non-profit university sector cannot bear alone the cost of development of these inventions into useful products. It is precisely these types of early-stage companies Read More >

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Joint Statement of BIO, AAU, ACE, APLU, AUTM and COGR

Earlier today, the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in the appeal of Stanford University against Roche Diagnostics. This case is of significant interest to the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), Association of American Universities (AAU), American Council on Education (ACE), Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), and Council on Governmental Relations (COGR) because of its potential impact on university technology transfer, on development and commercialization of university-generated Read More >

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2011 BIO International event spotlights expert feedback on regulatory strategy

Our good friend John Carroll, blogs on the free ranging discussion he will be hosting during the 2011 BIO International Convention, and tackling one of the most complex issues of the day for biopharma companies. You can send your questions to the panel of experts discussing the issues. In the meantime, you can also email John if there are any regulatory issues you are interested on discussing.

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