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Indian Patents Ensure Wide Access to Drugs, Without Raising Prices

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Two recent studies on Indian drugs have shown that patent protection does not dramatically increase prices, but does ensure widespread access to life saving therapeutics. This research confirms that a weak patent environment slows drug availability and hinders treatment to many people in need. Data Shows Little Change in Indian Drug Prices after Implementing Stronger Patent System In a new report published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, scholars found that patented drugs did not Read More >

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Patent Trolls and Nigerian Scammers

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What do patent trolls and Nigerian princes have in common? Two things come to mind. First, if you get an email from either one, nothing good can come from it. Second, hardly anybody falls for either scam. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the most notorious patent assertion entity (otherwise known as a patent troll) has agreed to a consent decree. Which means they have agreed to halt their deceptive business practices. Of course, Read More >

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New Report Emphasizes the Role of Patent Protection in the Global Diffusion of New Drugs

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A new report from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) has determined that strong patent protection accelerates the speed at which new drugs are launched in different countries. Providing affordable access is often challenged by the need to provide adequate incentives for developing new drugs, and ensuring affordable prices once they develop. Often neglected in the larger debate is that the speed at which drugs are launched and adopted in new countries is one Read More >

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Patents Not an Issue in the Fight Against Ebola

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As of October 23,2014 more than 4,900 people have died from the current Ebola outbreak, concentrated in the three West African countries of Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. Frustrated that the process of getting experimental vaccines to West Africa was not moving fast enough, some were quick to blame intellectual property rights. But in reality, as government officials were quick to point out, the WHO first needed to resolve important ethical and safety considerations before a vaccine that Read More >

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Need for Patent Reform May be Overblown

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Amid the cacophony of calls for patent reform legislation, mounting evidence demonstrates patent trolling may be on the wane. As we reported earlier this month, the number of new patent cases filed in federal court has dropped by an astonishing 40 percent as compared to this time last year. A new data analysis by Unified Patents data shows more signs that patent troll suits are in decline.

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