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BIO’s Intellectual Property Counsels Committee Seattle Meeting Topics

Join us for BIO’s Intellectual Property Counsels Committee Meeting in Seattle April 13-15.  You can find the session topics below. Whose Rights Are They, Anyway? Implications from and a Discussion on Stanford v. Roche The pending Supreme Court review of Stanford v. Roche has brought out multiple perspectives on the disposition of ownership rights in federally funded inventions under Bayh-Dole. This session will explore the different interpretations of the Act’s provisions, and their practical implications Read More >

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BIO Comments to USTR on 2011 Special 301 Review

BIO Comments to USTR on 2011 Special 301 Review (February 15, 2011) In comments to the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), BIO stresses the critical importance of protecting intellectual property abroad and made recommendations about which countries to include on the Priority Watch and Watch List, which to elevate as a Priority Foreigh Country, and which countries to monitor. Read the Comments (link to http://bio.org/pdfs/BIO_2011_Special_301_Submission.pdf) Read the Press Release (link to http://bio.org/news/pressreleases/newsitem.asp?id=2011_0221_01)

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Brazilian Attorney General of the Union restricts ANVISA’s role in pharmaceutical patent review

We are receiving reports from Brazil that the Brazilian Attorney General of the Union (AGU) has adopted a position restricting the role of the National Agency for Sanitary Surveillance (ANVISA) in the patenting process for pharmaceutical products and processes.  Due to a lack of clarity in the Industrial Property Law, ANVISA has used its prior consent role to reject patent applications on the basis of novelty and inventiveness which is officially the role of the Read More >

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Clouding Assumptions

Science magazine this week published an exchange between Vinod Khosla, the venture capitalist who has invested a great deal in alternative energy, and Timothy Searchinger and coauthor Richard Houghton critiquing and defending the February 2008 study, “Use of U.S. Croplands for Biofuels Increases Greenhouse Gases Through Emissions from Land-Use Change” The exchange reveals some of the nuances of indirect land use change arguments that have not been addressed. Khosla’s comments raise two important issues, allocation Read More >

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No land cleared for biofuels

One of the many flaws of the Science Magazine studies on biofuels and land use changes is their assumption that an acre of crops dedicated to biofuels in America will lead to an acre of deforestation elsewhere in the world. In fact, in a recent interview with the Nature Conservancy (his employer) Joe Fargione, the author of one of the studies, goes well beyond the data supported by his study and claims that “Increased demand Read More >

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