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Register for the 2015 BIO IP & Diagnostics Symposium!

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The Third Annual BIO IP & Diagnostics Symposium takes place on September 18, 2015 in Alexandria, Virginia! Have you reserved your seat at the Symposium yet? Space is limited. Register today. The symposium will bring together representatives of academia, government and industry to review the current patent law landscape and evaluate the impact on both the genetic diagnostics and biopharmaceutical sectors. The program will review IP issues for both diagnostics generally and companion diagnostics. It will Read More >

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225th Anniversary of First U.S. Patent

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225 years ago last Friday the first U.S. patent was issued to Samuel Hopkins for an improved process for creating potash, America’s first industrial chemical compound. America’s Founding Fathers recognized Intellectual property as a fundamental right, so much so they enshrined it into our Constitution. The systems for issuing patents have changed over the years, but Congress retains the authority to regulate and change matters of patent law. Unfortunately, not all changes to patent law Read More >

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Seventy Nine House Members Express Concern with H.R. 9

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House leaders made the decision earlier this month to remove patent reform legislation from the schedule for the remaining days before the August recess. While a vote is expected to occur sometime in September, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy made the decision to review and address many of the concerns that have been voiced by an array of industries that require the value of dependable and enforceable patents. In the words of Representative McCarthy, “I Read More >

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Understanding the Wider Implications of HR 9: Patent Reform’s Impact on Agriculture

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The House Judiciary Committee recently approved H.R. 9, the Innovation Act, legislation they hoped would reduce frivolous patent-related litigation, frequently filed by so-called “patent trolls.”  Unfortunately, rather than surgically targeting abusive lawsuits, H.R. 9 would fundamentally alter the ability of legitimate patent holders to defend their rights. Agricultural innovation, biotechnology and sustainable agriculture will help society meet monumental challenges presented by the expected growth in demand for animal feed, food, fibers, biofuels and pharmaceuticals.  However, Read More >

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IP Sessions at BIO 2015: The Evolving Landscape of Patentable Subject Matter

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The IP Track at BIO 2015 had a number of incredible educational sessions concerning the most relevant topics in the biotech sector. Let’s look back at what top experts in the IP field had to say about the changing nature of patentable subject matter: Panelists included: Jennifer Swan and Howard Levine, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP Raul Tamayo, USPTO P. Michael Walker, E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company Panelists focused on the increasingly restrictive interpretation of patent eligibility, Read More >

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