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Non-Communicable Diseases and IP?

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On September 19 and 20, the United Nations meets to potentially adopt a declaration on non-communicable diseases similar to the 2001 Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS.  The diseases of particular focus include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and respiratory disease.  Similar to previous UN initiatives around HIV/AIDS, the meeting will focus on developmental, social and economic impacts and other challenges, particularly for developing countries. UN background documents mention IP and it is possible that UN negotiations may Read More >

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Global Biotechnology IP Evaluation by Scientific American

Scientific American evaluated the strength of intellectual property in 48 countries (click on chart on top left side of story for data) in its Worldview Scorecard including a chart with country rankings. This data* is based on patentable inventions, membership of international treaties, duration of protection, enforcement mechanisms and restrictions (e.g., compulsory licensing). The U.S. holds the top spot, followed closely by Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, and the Netherlands (all tied Read More >

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Scientific American on BRIC’s IP Environment

Scientific American World View issued a special report at this year’s 2011 BIO International Convention that had several references to IP protections around the world but focused particularly on the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, and China).  See below for interesting takes on the IP environment in each country. China: Patently Ambiguous asserts that while “China’s intellectual property environment remains challenging at best” several involved on the ground in China believe that “there should be Read More >

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Counterfeiting: White House IP Czar Victoria Espinel on working with corporations

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White house IP Czar Victoria Espinel spoke at BIO’s 2011 International Convention in a session titled Counterfeiting: How corporations and government can work together.  She told the audience that when entering her new assignment she was surprised to find out that counterfeiting was a large problem in the United States and not just abroad. The Administration has increased enforcement in counterfeit medicines as seizures of health related counterfeits have gone up 97% from last year.  Read More >

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Innovative China: Policies for the Future

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As the second largest and fastest growing market for biotechnology products, China needs no introduction.  The opportunity to heal, fuel, and feed 1.3 billion global citizens stands in clear contrast with the regulatory, financial, and political frameworks that present challenges to the life science industry’s external access to the evolving Chinese market.  On Tuesday at the 2011 BIO International Convention, a panel discussion titled “Innovative China: Policies for the Future” addressed the future of the Read More >

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