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EU Stem Cell Patent Decision Hurts Science

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A great article in the Economist titled European science stemmed addresses the recent and controversial decision by the European Court of Justice regarding the patentability of certain inventions derived from embryonic stem cells. ANY country, you might think, would relish being able to call itself the world’s leader in scientific research. America and Europe, however, seem to be in a bizarre parallel contest: which can make its scientists’ lives more difficult by imposing the most muddled Read More >

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Scientific American on BRIC’s IP Environment

Scientific American World View issued a special report at this year’s 2011 BIO International Convention that had several references to IP protections around the world but focused particularly on the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, and China).  See below for interesting takes on the IP environment in each country. China: Patently Ambiguous asserts that while “China’s intellectual property environment remains challenging at best” several involved on the ground in China believe that “there should be Read More >

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Myriad Genetics’ actions justify a ban on gene patents?

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The following information was provided by Myriad’s General Counsel during his presentation on the subject during a recent BIO IP conference: In order to develop and then ensure the widest possible distribution of the Myriad BRCA diagnostic test, Myriad needed to make the initial discovery, educate the medical community on the values of personalized medicine (the BRCA test), convince insurance companies to cover the test, and educate the patient community.  All of these activities took Read More >

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BIOtech NOW: The Role of Intellectual Property in Global Health

The Role of Intellectual Property in Global Health BIO is committed to increase access to biologic medicines for patients throughout the world.  As BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood said last year when announcing our policy statement on Options for Increasing Access to Medicines in the Developing World, “We believe that the goals of increasing access to medicines, respecting intellectual property rights, and maintaining commercial viability are mutually supportive.” While there are frequent misguided calls Read More >

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Foley & Lardner article on the history of the Chinese Bayh-Dole Act

China Bayh-Dole Act: A Framework Fundamental to Achieving the Economic Potential of China’s National Patent Development Strategy (2011 – 2020) By Max Lin, Foley & Lardner LLP This article is part of our Spring 2011 edition of Legal News: China Quarterly Newsletter, Eye on China. China’s National Patent Development Strategy (2011 – 2020) (Plan) was announced in November 2010. The proposed measures focus on enhancing China’s IP system and encouraging local individuals, institutions, and companies to Read More >

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