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Mayo v. Prometheus: Thought Leaders Express Concern and Evaluate the Impact

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The Mayo v. Prometheus event hosted at George Washington School of Law with the Biotechnology Industry Organization created an opportunity for a panel of thought leaders to distill meaning from the case, the impact on personalized medicine, and possible solutions to the Court created problem.* Is the decision a game-changer? Judge Paul R. Michel, former Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit handling patent cases, concluded that the Mayo v. Prometheus Read More >

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Patent-Eligible Subject Matter after Mayo v. Prometheus: Exploring the Path Forward

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Patent-Eligible Subject Matter after Mayo v. Prometheus: Exploring the Path Forward is a public round-table event hosted by the Biotechnology Industry Organization and the George Washington University Law School. Guest speakers at the round-table will discuss implementation of the Prometheus decision in patent prosecution practice, in examination guidance in the United States Patent Office, and in patent litigation.  Speakers will also discuss the implications of the decision on personalized medicine and possible ways forward.  Speakers include: The Hon. Paul Read More >

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American Invents Act Strategies Highlighted at the IPCC Conference

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By David Saravitz, Alston + Bird Day 2 of the 2012 BIO Intellectual Property Counsels’ Committee (IPCC) Spring Conference kicked off with a panel on the America Invents Act (AIA).  The panel focused on how practitioners and the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) are dealing with various provisions of this new patent act. Mr. Ira Finkelstein, Senior Patent Counsel with Baxter Healthcare, led off the session initially discussing the first-inventor-to-file provision of the AIA (§ Read More >

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Biotech Patent Case Law Updates at the IPCC

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By John W. Cox, Counsel at Alston+Bird LLP The Spring 2012 BIO Intellectual Property Counsels’ Committee (IPCC) Conference, held in Austin, Texas, provided an excellent forum for intellectual property (IP) practitioners in the biotech industry to socialize, network, and participate in panel discussions focusing on the dynamic developments in the patent laws.  The conference began for the general participants over margaritas and Tex-Mex fare, where attendees were already discussing recent Supreme Court and Federal Circuit decisions Read More >

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Congressional Hearing on International Patent Issues: BIO Submits Comments

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The House Judiciary Committee conducted a hearing on World IP Day on “International Patent Issues: Promoting a Level Playing Field for American Industry Abroad.”  BIO submitted written comments for the record highlighting the unique patenting challenges that biotechnology companies face around the world. “To fully understand what is needed to level the playing field for the biotechnology sector in international markets, one must understand the intellectual property (IP) needs of the biotechnology sector.  Biotechnology innovation Read More >

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