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USPTO Economic Research Agenda

The USPTO has a new Office of the Chief Economist and they have recently published their research agenda. USPTO Economic Research Agenda The OCE is embarking upon an aggressive economic research program to provide evidence on a range of matters relevant to policymaking and the effect of IP on economic outcomes more generally.  These include: (1) Relating IP to economic growth, performance and employment, including:                          (a)  IP and entrepreneurship                                              (b)  IP and wider Read More >

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Pathogens and the Nagoya Protocol of the Convention on Biological Diversity

          Some nations have argued that the recent Nagoya Protocol of the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) includes pathogens. The inclusion of pathogens in the Nagoya Protocol could adversely affect the world’s ability to control outbreaks of infectious disease.  The following reasons demonstrate why pathogens are not and should not be included in the Nagoya Protocol. Contrary to the Mission of the CBD: The three main objectives of the CBD are; “The conservation of biological Read More >

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AUTM Bayh-Dole 30th Anniversary Event – Senator Bayh’s Speech

Statement of Senator Birch Bayh On the 30th Anniversary of the Bayh-Dole Act I’m delighted to be here today to say “Happy Birthday” to the Bayh-Dole Act on its 30th anniversary. It’s great to look around the room and see so many friends who worked so hard to make this day possible along with those who appreciate what the law means to our country, and indeed, the world. Bayh-Dole teaches several lessons worth recalling: • Read More >

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IPWatchdog.com interview of Bayh-Dole insider

A great article from IPWatchdog.com giving Joe Allen’s (a Birch Bayh staffer) insider perspective on the passage of the Bayh-Dole Act.  The Article’s Introduction: William Shakespeare once wrote: There is a tide in the affairs of men Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries. See Julius Caesar. We caught the tide– but just barely. That the Bayh-Dole Act passed was amazing. Read More >

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U.S. House passes Bayh-Dole 30th Anniversary Concurrent Resolution

On November 15th, the United States House of Representatives voted 385-1 for the Bayh-Dole 30th Anniversary Concurrent Resolution.   Here are some interesting quotes from the Resolution on the need for and the successes of Bayh-Dole. “the United States Government is one of the largest funders of research in the world, but that research does not fully benefit American taxpayers unless it contributes new products and processes to the marketplace, thereby creating new companies and jobs, and solving societal Read More >

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