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South Africa National Policy on Intellectual Property: Inconsistent with Biotech Development Goals

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BIO submitted comments this week to the government of South Africa on their proposed “Draft National Policy on Intellectual Property.”  Below are some highlights. “BIO and its member companies are aware of the South African government’s aspirations to develop its life sciences industry, a message that South African officials communicated clearly at the recent BIO International Conference in Chicago, USA, in April 2013. At that conference and in subsequent discussions, South African officials have sent Read More >

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New Bill Calls for No WTO-Plus Benefits for Countries that Violate IP

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A new Bill in the U.S. House of Representatives seeks to remove WTO-plus trade benefits the United States provides to countries that disrespect intellectual property rights.  On September 20, 2013, Representative Terry introduced the “Playing Fair on Trade and Innovation Act.”  The Bill would deem countries ineligible for the Generalized System of Preferences program (GSP) if that country “fails to provide adequate and effective protection for intellectual property rights” or “maintains local content requirements…”  GSP Read More >

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Patent Trolls and Patent Litigation: The GAO Weighs In

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Patent troll litigation alarmist were likely disappointed by the GAO report.  While the public discourse may have already concluded that patent trolls have laid waste to the innovative landscape by creating a patent litigation crisis, the GAO report does not find much evidence to support such claims. Patent troll litigation is not running rampant.  The GAO analyzed a sample of 500 patent infringement lawsuits from 2007 to 2011 and found that companies that make products (operating Read More >

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What a Patent is Not

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‘Patent trolls.’  ‘Patients over patents.’  ‘Do Not Patent My Genes.’  ‘Patents ate my baby.’  Ok, so I made the last one up.  The emphasis on patents in the public discourse has reached a new high.  Yet, many commentators get the basics wrong.  Here are a few things that a patent is not. A patent is not ownership of a thing, whether it is life, genes, viruses, computer code, or any other animate or inanimate object.  Read More >

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TPP and Innovation in the Bioeconomy: The Need for 12 Years of Data Protection

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A few weeks ago, BIO submitted a letter and white paper (PDF) to the U.S. Trade Representative outlining recommendations for policies to pursue with TPP negotiating partners to ensure intellectual property protection for innovative biologic products. Standards that enable biotechnology companies to protect and leverage their intellectual property are of critical importance to companies seeking breakthrough treatments and cures for patients in need worldwide. Implementing standards of protection that effectively protect innovation for biological products within the TPP region Read More >

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