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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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India’s IP Policy: India’s Lead Biotech Innovator Expresses Concern

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Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, chairperson and managing director of India’s largest biotechnology company Biocon, expressed concern with India’s innovation environment in a recent interview with Livemint.  When asked if the Indian government fosters innovation Ms. Shaw responded: “I am very concerned about the wrong signals we are sending to the world. We have not done anything substantial to build India as a strong global economy. We have wasted a lot of opportunities. We behave like the world Read More >

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BIO Joins Alliance for Fair Trade with India

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BIO recently joined the Alliance for Fair Trade with India along with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, Solar Energy Industries Association, and others. The new Alliance website states: Over the last year, policymakers and courts in India have engaged in a persistent pattern of discrimination that is hurting a wide range of manufacturing and services industries and jobs in the United States. India has recently mandated domestic content rules that Read More >

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MERS, Patents, and Material Transfer Agreements: What WHO Didn’t Know

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The outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV), a SARS like virus has lead to some strong anti-IP statements in Geneva.  A recent article titled “Finding a Fall Guy for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome” in IPWatchdog provides context from multiple news sources and concludes: “An independent review of the claims that patents and the [Material Transfer Agreements] are hindering international MERS-COV research appeared in a May 28, 2013 story in Science Insider. Here’s the lead: Are Read More >

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