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Patent Reform in the News

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The New York Post and The Washington Post have both run Op-eds in the last week addressing the need to reform the PTO’s inter partes review (IPR) process within current patent reform legislative efforts. Both opinions point to the weakness within the IPR process exposed by short selling practices of predatory hedge fund managers. Click on the links below to read more: From the New York Post: Hedge-fund investors are coming to raid your medicine cabinet. By Peter Read More >

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Politicking Biopharma Delays Cures

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Forbes’ Matthew Herper ran a guest post from Robert Nelsen, cofounder and managing director of ARCH Venture Partners, which addresses the challenges our industry is currently facing amid the continued need for biomedical innovation. Read it here.

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PTAB Ruling Proves Medical Innovation Under Attack


There’s more evidence today that the IPR system needs to be fixed. PTAB ruled on Friday that under current rules, hedge fund managers are free to manipulate the system by shorting drug company stocks and then challenging their patents. Here’s what the panel said: “Profit is at the heart of nearly every patent and nearly every inter partes review. As such, an economic motive for challenging a patent claim does not itself raise abuse of Read More >

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BIO on CNBC: IPR System Weakens Medical Innovation


Last night Ron Cohen, M.D., CEO of Acorda Therapeutics and BIO’s board chair, appeared on CNBC’s Fast Money where he discussed our industries concerns’ with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s patent challenge system known as Inter Partes Review (IPR). Dr. Cohen concisely explained this complicated and rapidly evolving issue and made clear why Congress must quickly address abuses to the IPR system within current Patent reform legislation. Regrettably, this system that was designed by Read More >

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Here are the Facts about the IPR Kill Rate


FiercePhrma recently ran an article repeating a dubious analysis of the crisis caused by the rapidly increasing number of biopharma related inter partes reviews (IPR) currently within the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). It is troubling that in a single breath Ronny Gal both dismissed the biopharmaceutical industry’s concerns with the PTO’s IPR process and acknowledged that limited data prevents any firm conclusions about the potential impact of IPR on biotech innovation. If Read More >

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