There may be a path through the CRISPR patent jungle, but there are many obstacles still in the way, say European academics Timo Minssen, Esther van Zimmeren and Jakob Wested.
Yoshinori Ohsumi was selected in the LSIPR 50 2017 publication for his influence on the life sciences industry. He featured in the business and innovation section, as LSIPR reports.
With specialist IP providers offering post-M&A services at lower cost than traditional law firms, have clients been overspending in the past? Melissa Pillote on behalf of Dennemeyer reports.
‘Technological intelligence’ is very important for extracting maximum value from technology transfer deals, and life sciences companies should use it to their advantage, says Montserrat González-Álvarez of Leyva, Montenegro, Trigueros Abogados.
In a world where research projects are increasingly carried out by several parties in different countries, companies should consider a number of IP-related issues before embarking on multiterritorial collaborations, say Oliver Laing and Tony Proctor of Potter Clarkson.
There is some debate about whether the ‘patent cliff’ or the need to innovate is driving M&A activity in the pharmaceutical industry, where billions of dollars have been spent in the past few years, as LSIPR finds out.
In Australia, laws governing the patentability of inventions directed to gene-based technology, including isolated naturally occurring and artificial gene sequences, are contentious. Unlike the US situation, the law on patentability of inventions involving “principles of nature” in Australia has yet to be considered judicially, but that is about to change, says Grant Shoebridge of Shelston IP.
Everyone benefits from an efficiently run clinical drug study, including sponsors, contract research organisations, the investigator sites where patients are treated and observed, and most of all, patients, says Charlie Nicholson of Premier Research.
Several legislative changes affecting data exclusivity of biologic drugs in Vietnam are poised to come into effect, and companies operating in this sector should take note now, as Hien Thi Thu Vu and Huong Lan Nguyen of Tilleke & Gibbins explain.
Legislative developments surrounding supplementary protection certificates in the EU are moving fast, and may be catching on as far afield as Australia. Gareth Morgan of Olswang explains more.