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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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Debunking the Myth: Your Genes are Patented

MYTH: YOUR GENES ARE PATENTED. FACTS: IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO PATENT YOUR GENES The term “gene patent” is a misnomer, because genes as they exist in the body cannot be patented. Because a naturally-occurring gene – even a newly-discovered one – cannot be patented, patents don’t provide ownership rights over our genes, and nobody can infringe a patent by having a certain gene, or by passing it on to their children. If genes aren’t Read More >

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USPTO Biotechnology/Chemical/Pharmaceutical Customer Partnership Meeting

Biotechnology/Chemical/Pharmaceutical Customer Partnership Wednesday, June 8, 2011 Meeting Madison Auditorium Starting Time of 10:00 AM United States Patent and Trademark Office Alexandria, Virginia 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA, Accessing the event: Double click on the link below (or copy it into your internet browser) https://uspto.connectsolutions.com/r80345544/ Click here for detailed login instructions in MS Word. Driving & Metro Directions /Hotels (Word)   Campus Map (html)   Campus Map (Power Point) Morning Session 10:00 – 10:30 AM. Greetings, TC Update Read More >

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