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Drug patents: A question of morality

US27-10-2015

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.

Technology transfer: Centres of IP excellence

Brazil27-10-2015Gabriel Di Blasi and Felipe Barros Oquendo

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

BIA: positive messages for life sciences

UK22-10-2015Jane Wainwright

The life sciences sector in the UK is booming, as delegates at October’s BIA forum heard. Jane Wainwright of Potter Clarkson reports.

A sledgehammer to crack a nut

Netherlands15-10-2015Annemiek Verkamman

The Dutch lobby to amend Directive 98/44/EC on the legal protection of biotechnological inventions will severely damage the ability of the biotech sector to innovate—and for no tangible reason, says Annemiek Verkamman of HollandBIO.

Don’t hit the panic button

Australia15-10-2015Grant Shoebridge

The High Court of Australia’s decision in Myriad has led some observers to hit the panic button and demand immediate legislative change, but only isolated naturally-occurring genes are affected and the ruling should be read in that light, says Grant Shoebridge of Shelston IP.

SPCs should start once authorisation is broadcast, says AG

Austria, EU02-10-2015

Supplementary protection certificates should take effect once an applicant for marketing authorisation has been notified of the authorisation, an advocate-general has urged the Court of Justice of the European Union to confirm.

Europe v US: the patentability of diagnostic claims

EU, US17-09-2015Andrew Carridge and Neil Thornton

Researchers should keep in mind that broad claims applying the discovery of a biomarker and disease correlation are currently patentable in Europe but not in the US. Andrew Carridge and Neil Thornton of Reddie & Grose report.

The role of the UPC

EU27-08-2015Paul England and Christof Höhne

The competence in various areas of the new Unified Patent Court is a matter of conjecture, as Paul England and Christof Höhne of law firm Taylor Wessing report.

Choose your court

US23-07-2015Tasha Francis and Dorothy Whelan

Biopharma parties thinking about challenging a patent via an inter partes review should be aware that there are significant differences between district court and IPR practice, as Tasha Francis and Dorothy Whelan of Fish & Richardson explain.

Under pressure: India’s progressive IP policies

India, International09-07-2015Yuanqiong Hu

India’s progressive IP policies—and its status as ‘pharmacy of the developing world’ and lifeline for millions of people—are now under threat from many fronts. Yuanqiong Hu, IP advisor for Médecins Sans Frontières’s Access Campaign, explains more.

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