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Tomorrow Morning on NPR: BIO, ACLU Discuss Gene Patenting

You can listen from your desk at http://www.wbur.org/listen. Callers will have the opportunity to ask questions after the first 20 minutes. If you’re interested in the topic, you can find background material on gene patenting at http://bio.org/ip/genepat/ and our amicus brief in the ACLU lawsuit is posted at http://bio.org/ip/amicus/documents/BIOAmicusBriefACLU-Myriad12-09.pdf.

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IP Professors: 12-Year Data Exclusivity a Win-Win for Patient Access & Biotech Innovation

David E. Adelman of the University of Texas School of Law and Christopher M. Holman of the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law recently published analysis on the “sideshow” of the data exclusivity debate in Washington.

Adelman and Holman use a cost-benefit analysis that incorporates the most important legal precedents and case law today in concluding that “policymakers should focus on mitigating the systematic barriers to entry that pose much greater and longer-term obstacles to lower-cost biotech drugs.” Specifically, the draft paper provides solid analysis of the need for 12-year data exclusivity, which the authors describe as a perfect balance between providing access to important medicines to patients, and creating the incentives needed for investors and companies to prepare (and survive) the regulatory approval process for follow-on biologics.

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Technology Transfer Symposium Presentations Published

You can access all the presentations from the Technology Transfer Symposium, held in October 2009 at the BIO Investor Forum, by visiting http://bio.org/ip/techtransfer/. For more information, you can contact Margarita Noriega, Coordinator of Bioethics & IP Policy, at [email protected]

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Director’s Forum: David Kappos’ Public Blog

The Director of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office posted his first blog post today. You can visit the blog at http://www.uspto.gov/blog/.

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Webinars for Reporters: Pacific Rim Summit to Host Forums on Algae, Cellulosic Biofuels and Renewable Chemicals

BIO will host three webinars from the Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy in Honolulu, featuring companies, researchers, and policy makers at the forefront of efforts to commercialize algae applications, cellulosic biofuels, and renewable chemicals. 1.International Developments in Algae Commercialization Valerie Reed, U.S. Department of Energy; Patrick McGinn, Institute of Marine Biosciences, National Research Council, Canada; Ravi Shrivastava, Defence Research Development Organization, India. Monday Nov. 9, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST (12:00 Read More >

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