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Inventors of Life-Saving Golden Rice Receive Prestigious Patents for Humanitarian Award

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On Monday, April 21, 2015, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced the recipients of the 2015 Patents for Humanity Award.  Among the winners, scientists from the Golden Rice Project were honored with a humanitarian award for their work in developing a food that could save the lives of millions around the world. Dr. Adrian Dubock, who as a former scientist at the agro-chemicals company Syngenta, helped 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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Kyle Bass Files Second IPR Petition

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Today hedge fund manager Kyle Bass has continued his reported “short activist strategy” campaign by filing a second Inter Partes Review (IPR) petition with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). BIO expressed grave concerns with this exploitation of the patent challenge system following Mr. Bass’ initial filing earlier this month. Follow the below links to read more. BIO’s prior statement issued following Kyle Bass’ first IPR Petition When The Deck is Stacked Against Innovators, Everyone Read More >

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When The Deck is Stacked Against Innovators, Everyone Loses

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Yesterday, I took part in a series of successful meetings on Capitol Hill regarding the USPTO’s Inter Partes Review system (IPR). Joined by several of BIO’s member companies, we expressed our concerns with how the system is evolving into one which makes it easier for IPR challengers to win than in Federal Court. The implementation of the IPR system – developed through the 2011 America Invests Act – has unintentionally invited abuses of the USPTO 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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