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BIO and Universities Caution Against Innovation Act, Emphasize the Need for Patent Protection

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In light of House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte’s (R-VA) re-introduction of the Innovation Act, BIO and university representatives are urging the 114th Congress to protect their intellectual property, emphasizing the crucial role of patent protection in research and development.  In his statement on the re-introduction of the Innovation Act, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood urged caution: “BIO supports targeted reforms to reign in abusive patent enforcement practices, but any efforts to accomplish this Read More >

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BIO Deputy General Counsel Remarks on Revised Eligibility Guidance

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Hans Sauer, BIO’s Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property recently spoke at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s public forum on patent-eligible subject matter. The forum was a chance for the Office to receive public feedback regarding the most recently revised Eligibility Guidance for determining subject matter under 35 U.S.C. 1010. Biotechnology advocates are concerned that PTO examiners have interpreted recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court, including those in Alice Corp, Myriad, and Mayo Read More >

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Indian Patents Ensure Wide Access to Drugs, Without Raising Prices

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Two recent studies on Indian drugs have shown that patent protection does not dramatically increase prices, but does ensure widespread access to life saving therapeutics. This research confirms that a weak patent environment slows drug availability and hinders treatment to many people in need. Data Shows Little Change in Indian Drug Prices after Implementing Stronger Patent System In a new report published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, scholars found that patented drugs did not Read More >

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New Report Emphasizes the Role of Patent Protection in the Global Diffusion of New Drugs

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A new report from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) has determined that strong patent protection accelerates the speed at which new drugs are launched in different countries. Providing affordable access is often challenged by the need to provide adequate incentives for developing new drugs, and ensuring affordable prices once they develop. Often neglected in the larger debate is that the speed at which drugs are launched and adopted in new countries is one Read More >

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Should the USPTO Allow the Patenting of Living Organisms?

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Last year, a question was submitted to the GMO advocacy website GMOAnswers about whether or not the USPTO should allow the patenting of living organisms. Under 35 U.S.C. 101, “the laws of nature, physical phenomena, and abstract ideas have been held not patentable.” Therefore the USPTO cannot and does not award patents on living organisms that were merely discovered in nature. However, the U.S. Supreme Court Ruled in Diamond v. Chakrabarty that a “nonnaturally occurring Read More >

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