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European Union Lags Well Behind the U.S. in Innovation


There are many different explanations for the euro crisis: poor fiscal management, loose banking regulation, etc…But one major contributor to Europe’s problems that continues to hold back economies today is a lack of innovation, reported Simon Nixon of The Wall Street Journal. The European Commission’s own “Innovation Scorecard” shows that on almost every measure of innovation, the European Union lags well behind the U.S. and on some measures now lags parts of Asia, while differences between EU Read More >

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Turning Urban Waste into Bioplastic

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Bacteria possible key to produce useful bioplastics from the gasification of urban waste Each year, the European Union produces three billion tonnes of waste. According to Eurostat (the statistical office of the European Union), this equates to six tonnes of solid waste for every EU citizen. A major challenge is finding ways to reduce and reuse a large amount of this waste. But now, the EU funded Synpol Project, which aims to propel the sustainable Read More >

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Biotechnology Patenting in Europe Event


BIO hosted a Biotechnology Patenting in Europe event last week here at BIO’s offices where attorneys from Carpmaels and Ransford addressed various issues of interest to U.S. biotechnology companies. Huw Halleybone discussed the relative challenges of patent harmonization in Europe quoting some reports that indicate that the cost of a European patent is 10 times the amount of the United States.  Most of this cost is mainly due to language translation requirements and renewal fees.  Read More >

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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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