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Sen Menendez Asks SEC to Investigate IPR Abuses

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New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez has asked the Securities and Exchange Commissioner (SEC) to investigate a new investment scheme designed to manipulate the stock prices of companies engaged in research and development of innovative medical therapies, to determine if the practice is illegal. As reported in this Bloomberg Business article, certain investment firms are shorting the stocks of patent-dependent life sciences companies and then using new patent litigation procedures to challenge their patents and drive Read More >

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11 Days Until BIO 2015: IP Networking and Meetup Opportunities

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This year’s BIO International Convention is fast approaching, with plenty of opportunities for the best and brightest in the biotech IP sector to meet and discuss the most pressing issues affecting the industry today. Here are some of the receptions, networking, and meet-up opportunities for the Intellectual Property Track at this year’s convention: Monday: Kickoff Concert (Open to Convention Access registrants and higher) 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Liacouras Center Philadelphia is home to a rich musical Read More >

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BIO Deputy General Counsel Testifies on Patent Reform

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On Wednesday, March 18, BIO’s Deputy Counsel for Intellectual Property, Hans Sauer, testified in front of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee regarding proposed reforms to the current U.S. patent system. The hearing was a chance for the Judiciary committee to listen to experts on what should be done to halt misuse of the patent system. In his remarks, Mr. Sauer noted that while BIO appreciates efforts by Congress to curb patent troll abuses, some of Read More >

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BIO and University Organizations offer Support of STRONG Patents Act

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On March 4, 2015, Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced a new bill, The STRONG Patents Act of 2015. Sponsored alongside Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI), the bill is offered as a complement to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Goodlatte’s (R-VA) Innovation Act, which many in the biotech sector see as an imbalanced bill. The STRONG Patents Act of 2015 would target the abusive practices of patent trolls in a narrowly tailored setting, Read More >

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BIO IPCC Spring Conference Program Announced

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BIO’s 2015 IP Counsels Committee Spring Conference & Meeting will be held April 15-17 in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Four Seasons St. Louis Hotel. The biannual conference offers timely, relevant educational sessions on the latest issues in the biotech IP sector, informal networking events designed to promote discussion and foster relationships among industry colleagues, and practical tips for attendees to use the next day. Attendees will hear from the foremost experts in biotech IP Read More >

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