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The Justness of Gene Patents

The Justness of Gene Patents

Most of the biotechnology world awaits the U.S. Supreme Court’s answer to the Question Presented, “Are human genes patentable,” in the Association of Molecular Pathologists et al. v. Myriad Genetics case. Claims to “human genes” have a canonical form that has been developed over the thirty years during which “genes” (human or otherwise) have been patented under U.S. law: An isolated nucleic acid having a nucleotide sequence that encodes a protein having an amino acid Read More >

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Patent Utility Requirements for Biopharmaceutical Inventions: How Much is Enough?

Credit: Andrea Sivarsson

A debate between the innovative and generic perspectives on pharmaceutical patent law in Canada, moderated by David Kappos, will be held in Chicago on Monday April 22nd from 2:30-3:30pm in room S404A at this year’s BIO International Convention. Former Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and USPTO Director David J. Kappos will moderate a panel of legal experts who will discuss recent developments in the area of patent utility and its implications for biopharmaceutical innovation.  Read More >

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BIO Members Receive Patents for Humanity Award

US Trade

The United States Patent and Trademark Office announced the winners of the Patents for Humanity awards. “The Patents for Humanity is a competition recognizing patent owners and licensees who address global challenges in health and standards of living.” The USPTO website provides this background on the BIO member winners: “Gilead Sciences “Of the 35 million people worldwide suffering from HIV, 95% live in developing countries. Gilead produces antiretroviral therapies for the treatment of HIV. They Read More >

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Patent and Tech Transfer Sessions at 2013 BIO International Convention

BIO International Convention

Patent and Technology Transfer sessions feature prominently at the 2013 BIO International Convention in Chicago from April 22-25, 2013. Topics cover developing patent and tech transfer issues in the U.S. and internationally. Many of the sessions provide Continuing Legal Education (CLE) and Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP) credits. The Biotech Patenting and Technology Transfer Track sessions are below: Behind the Tech Transfer Headlines: What are You Missing? Headline-making news reports of multiyear, multimillion dollar strategic Read More >

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Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

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The Supreme Court handed Kirtsaeng a victory last week finding his importation and resale of copyrighted books exhausted the copyright under the First Sale Doctrine. In a vain attempt at corporate responsibility, the publishers in this case created two versions of textbooks; a no-frills “Asia edition” to sell at affordable prices to students in less affluent places like Thailand, and a higher quality more expensive version to relatively more affluent students in places like the Read More >

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