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President of the EPO says Unitary Patent Still on Track

Before answering this question, I must say that one thing has always astonished me: while Europe, or at least quite a number of EU Member States, was able to adopt a common currency after a relatively short period of negotiation considering the importance and sensitivity of the issue, it seems much more difficult to obtain a common patent with a single litigation system even though this is an absolute economic and legal necessity. First came Read More >

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U.S. Inter-Agency Group takes on Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals

The Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator released an Inter-Agency report partnering with the Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Departments of Justice, State, and Commerce and USAID. The report highlights the Administration’s efforts to combat counterfeit pharmaceuticals listing various Department initiatives and in some cases providing actual budget numbers (State Department budgets $1.3 million in 2011 to combat counterfeit pharmaceuticals).  Finally, the report Read More >

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BIO Hails Senate Passage of America Invents Act

BIO Hails Senate Passage of America Invents Act Bipartisan, consensus-oriented approach will strengthen nation’s patent system and spur innovation, job creation Washington, D.C. (March 8, 2011) – Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) President and CEO Jim Greenwood released the following statement on the passage today of the America Invents Act (S. 23) by the U.S. Senate: “BIO commends the Senate for its overwhelming passage of the America Invents Act by a vote of 95-5.  We appreciate Read More >

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IP Position Critical to Biotech Investment

A great article from Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News written by Lisa Haile reviewing the Myriad case and its implications for future medical advances. Interesting Quotes: “While it is unfortunate, I have seen quite a few technologies over the years that would be of potential great benefit to patients, but the intellectual property was simply not there to support protecting the product from fast followers in the market place,” explains Robert More, a general partner Read More >

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2011 BIO International Convention Super Sessions

2011 BIO International Convention Super Sessions Focus on State of the Industry C-Level speakers lead broad conversations on global biotech, industry forecast, and key trends WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 2, 2011) — The 2011 BIO International Convention will feature six high-level super sessions focused on the state of the industry, global biotech advancements and the outlook on the future of the industry. Hosted by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), the global event for biotechnology will take Read More >

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