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BIO Coalition Submits Patent Reform Letter to Congress

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BIO, alongside a coalition of patent holders and inventors, submitted a letter to the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on December 10 regarding potential changes to the patent system. The coalition thanked members of the committee for their work to develop reforms which would prevent harmful patent enforcement practices, and once again reiterated their opposition to any legislation that would weaken the overall patent system. They also asked that Read More >

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Patent Trolls and Nigerian Scammers

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What do patent trolls and Nigerian princes have in common? Two things come to mind. First, if you get an email from either one, nothing good can come from it. Second, hardly anybody falls for either scam. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the most notorious patent assertion entity (otherwise known as a patent troll) has agreed to a consent decree. Which means they have agreed to halt their deceptive business practices. Of course, Read More >

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Need for Patent Reform May be Overblown

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Amid the cacophony of calls for patent reform legislation, mounting evidence demonstrates patent trolling may be on the wane. As we reported earlier this month, the number of new patent cases filed in federal court has dropped by an astonishing 40 percent as compared to this time last year. A new data analysis by Unified Patents data shows more signs that patent troll suits are in decline.

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Patent Reform Legislation Off The Table For Now

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If the mainstream media is to be believed, the patent system is broken.  This notion is frequently blamed on the perceived increase in so-called patent assertion entities (“PAEs”), referred to derogatorily as “patent trolls.”  More often than not, these media reports cite to a limited number of examples illustrating the perceived abuses, and reach the conclusion that patents are stifling innovation.  And, even though there has been serious disagreement about the extent of the problem, Read More >

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Brazilian Innovation: A Patent Success

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The story of Acheflan highlights the role of patents in homegrown innovation in developing countries.  Professor Michael Ryan of George Washington University Law School reviewed several case studies (including Acheflan) in Brazil that highlight the differences in biomedical innovation both pre- and post-intellectual property reforms. In the early 1980’s, Ache Laboratorios Farmaceuticos (a Brazilian generics manufacturer) became aware of a plant that grew near coastal cities that local fishermen would mash into an oil rub Read More >

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