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BIO’s Amicus Brief: Microsoft v. i4i

The Biotechnology Industry Organization, along with AUTM and CropLife International, filed an amicus brief in the Microsoft v. i4i Supreme Court case. This case is widely viewed as one of the most fundamental and important patent cases to reach the Supreme Court in probably a decade. Most basically, this case is about the level of certainty a jury or judge must have before finding a patent invalid in litigation. Historically, the law has required a high level Read More >

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Patent Reform Bill good for Biotech

Patent Reform Passes the Senate and Moves to the House   Posted by Roy Zwahlen, manager of intellectual property and technology transfer policy at BIO. On March 8th, the Senate approved the America Invents Act (S. 23) by an overwhelming vote of 95-5.  BIO supports this bipartisan, consensus-oriented bill, formerly known as the Patent Reform Act of 2011.  Once enacted into law, it will strengthen and improve our nation’s patent system, spurring innovation and job creation. Patents are often Read More >

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WSJ: “Patent Office to Get a Boost”

An article from the Wall Street Journal regarding the Adminstration’s budget proposal for the Patent Office.  Highlights: WASHINGTON—The Obama administration’s budget blueprint for fiscal 2012 seeks to boost the speed and quality of services of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, including through the use of temporary surcharges on patent fees. The Obama administration said the fee surcharge, along with regulatory and legislative reforms, would provide the Patent Office with $2.7 billion in resources in Read More >

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USPTO to Issue Proposal for “Track One” Accelerated Patent Examination in Flexible “Three Track” Patent Processing Program

In case you missed this last week, the USPTO will be issuing a Federal Register Notice requesting comments on their proposed Track One Accelerated Patent Examination requirements.  The forthcoming Federal Register notice will request comments from the public on a number of different proposed requirements for participation in Track One, including (a) the proposed fee of $4,000 for each application (to recover the full cost of resources necessary to prevent the delay of other, non-prioritized applications); Read More >

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Patent backlog hinders nation’s job creation

Article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel with interesting numbers.  Highlights: -Many of the missing jobs – hundres of thousands or possibly millions – are buried under the backlog of 1.2 million unprocessed patent applicatoins that have accumulated over the past 10 years at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. -A single U.S. patent can create three to ten jobs.  -Nothaft estimates more than 2 million new jobs are buried in the backlog -”Innovation is our Read More >

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