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Report Shows World’s Weakest IP Environments

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There is clear link between a country’s rate of economic development and the strength of its intellectual property laws. This is particularly true in knowledge-intensive sectors such as biopharmaceuticals. The good news is that some mature and emerging economies are making growing use of patent systems to facilitate biotechnology research and commercialization. The bad news is that a number of countries, including India, China, Brazil and Canada, have established bureaucratic and burdensome hurdles to patentability. Read More >

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TPP and IP: The Economic Benefits of a Pacific Trade Agreement

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Ndp Analytics recently published a study on the economic benefits of intellectual property rights (IP) in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. They find that 2/3’s of the “economic benefits for the U.S. economy and the 11 partner countries would come from IP-intensive manufacturing industries.” They conclude that “the stronger the protection of IP rights under the TPP, the greater the value of trade leading to greater economic growth, additional jobs created, higher incomes, and development across countries.” Here Read More >

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Patently Biotech’s Top Articles of 2013

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Intellectual property featured prominently in 2013’s public discourse. Gene patents, patent trolls, India’s anti-patent actions, and other developments around the world captured headlines. Here are Patently Biotech’s top blog posts written in 2013 by number of views. 1.   Myriad Supreme Court Decision: BIO’s Statement 2.  Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished 3.  What a Patent is Not 4.  Gene Patents, Angelina Jolie, and Reality 5.  What OxyContin Tells Us About Read More >

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Universities Express Concerns About Recently Passed House “Innovation Act”

Earlier this month, the House passed the Innovation Act (H.R. 3309), which seeks to address abuses of the U.S. patent litigation system. While the goal is commendable, the bill is overly broad in important respects and if enacted into law would produce unintended and unknowable consequences for innovators who rely on the patent system to fund and protect their inventions. The U.S. Senate is now developing similar legislation, the Patent Transparency and Improvement Act of Read More >

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Innovation Act Passed By House

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The Innovation Act (H.R. 3309), which is intended to reduce frivolous patent-related litigation, was passed by the House today. As we’ve noted, BIO does not support the bill in its current form, which would ultimately undermine biotech research and innovation by making it more difficult for patent holders with legitimate claims to protect their intellectual property. A number of Representatives offered amendments to the bill, several of which BIO supported. These amendments address serious shortcomings with the bill, Read More >

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