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Detailed Report Examines the Crucial Role of Patents in Genetic Testing

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In The Critical Role of Patents in the Development, Commercialization, and Utilization of Innovative Genetic Diagnostic Tests, Professor Holman argues that advocates for weakening patent protection have fundamental misconceptions on the role of patents in genetic testing. Opponents assume that patents negatively impact patient access to genetic diagnostic testing. They believe that patents inhibit research that could lead to new or improved versions of genetic tests, and that patent holders charge higher prices as exclusive Read More >

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Prior User Rights and Trade Secrets

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By Joe Allen, President, Allen and Associates One theme of the day is the cloud of uncertainity overhanging the US patent system. This was underscored in the Prior User Rights and Trade Secrets session at the 2012 BIO International Convention as well. The new prior user rights defense which came into effect with enactment of the America Invents Act (AIA) was very differently viewed by the small biotech company perspective given by Mary Ann Dillahunty (Oncolytics Read More >

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NIST Report: Federal Laboratory Technology Transfer Fiscal Year 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology in the U.S. Department of Commerce released a report in March discussing Federal Laboratory Technology Transfer for the fiscal year 2009. The report concludes that from the years 2005-2009 the number of new inventions reported declined while new patent applications and issued patents increased.  Standard invention licensing declined while “other” licenses increased.  The report cautions that the numbers do not tell the whole story and they are working to develop Read More >

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