Fewer IPR petitions are instituted against biotech and pharma patents, and there is a higher survival rate of instituted claims in final written decisions compared to all technical fields combined. Melissa Gibson and Ruben Munoz of Akin Gump analyse the statistics.
The proliferation of brands, combined with the financial and PR consequences of a potential rebrand in the event of infringement, has made selecting a trademark trickier than ever. Christina Martini and Virginia Wolk Marino of DLA Piper report.
Oppositions to a patent covering the CRISPR/Cas9 system illustrate the need for applicants to carefully consider making statements on commercially important technology even after a patent application has been filed. Catherine Coombes of law firm HGF reports.
Lawyers have claimed that the latest ruling in Ariosa Diagnostics v Sequenom creates an “existential threat” to biomedical patents in the US, but is this really the case? LSIPR investigates.
In July the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit sought to clarify the rules on the ‘patent dance’, but with confusion reigning there are likely to be more twists and turns to come, as LSIPR finds out.
Patent examiners not only have to tackle legal questions, but in cases of inventions directed to genetically modified animals they must consider moral issues too. This forms part of a wider controversial debate surrounding animals and patents. LSIPR reports.
Despite the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s ruling in Amgen v Sandoz, significant uncertainty concerning two key provisions of the BPCIA remains, as Steve Coyle and Leslie-Anne Maxwell of Cantor Colburn describe.
Non-profit organisation I-MAK is attempting to expose the problem at the heart of the patent system—that too often drug patents are wrongfully granted and consequently sick people in poorer countries are being left untreated. LSIPR delves deeper into the issues.
The future of Brazil’s technological innovation centres, which bring together public and private sector parties to develop mainly life sciences technology, looks bright. Gabriel Di Blasi and Felipe Barros Oquendo of Di Blasi, Parente & Associados report
The international police organisation Interpol plays a vital role in connecting law enforcement and health authorities around the world in the fight against pharmaceutical crime. Aline Plançon reports.