Posts Tagged: biotech patents


The Evolution of Food Safety: HOF Inventors John Silliker and Welton Taylor tamed Salmonella

The 2016 inductee class for the National Inventors Hall of Fame includes two microbiologists whose contributions to the field of food safety have helped to keep many foodborne …
By Steve Brachmann 2 months ago 0

Free Drugs: Bernie Sanders and the end of drug patent exclusivity

The Medical Innovation Prize Act of 2007, submitted by Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT), would have effectively done away with patent rights for pharmaceutical drugs approved by the Food …
By Gene Quinn 3 months ago 41

CAFC denies Sequenom en banc petition, Next stop SCOTUS

The law of patent eligibility is created by the nine least qualified people to make such a determination; the Justices of Supreme Court of the United States. …
By Gene Quinn 5 months ago 40

Fat cats have the patent system perpetually on the brink

The stark reality of how government operates leaves us with a patent system that will be perpetually on the brink. Giant corporations have become effectively insulated from …
By Gene Quinn 8 months ago 31

Ariosa v. Sequenom: Dire consequences for biomedicine require rehearing en banc by CAFC

The panel decision in this case reads recent Supreme Court precedent to create an existential threat to patent protection for an array of meritorious inventions. It avowedly …
By Thomas Goldstein 8 months ago 4

BIO, PhRMA lobby for IPR fix to insulate their patents from challenge

Greenwood and Castellani will have two major problems as they seek relief. First, the IPR provisions do not include a standing requirement, which means that anyone can …
By Gene Quinn 9 months ago 7

Thoughts on Ex parte Khvorova

Ex parte Khvorova is the first PTAB decision on patent eligibility in the life sciences. Until now, the PTAB has been remarkably silent on eligibility in life …
By Sue D. Nym 10 months ago 9

Trends in Subject Matter Eligibility for Biotechnology Inventions

The USPTO continues to issue patents related to biotechnology and organic chemistry inventions despite the Supreme Court rulings and USPTO guidelines implementing the ruling related to the …
By Gaudry, Grab & McKeon 10 months ago 1

Biofuel Innovations Look to Sustainably Fuel the Future

Although the consequences posed by climate change could be dire, there’s no reason to believe that human ingenuity and innovation cannot provide a path forward to …
By Steve Brachmann 1 year ago 3

University of Wisconsin Celebrates 90 Years of Innovation Excellence

For the past 90 years WARF has promoted scientific research and innovation at UW-Madison and has earned more than $800 million in patent royalty revenues over the years and …

Can Diagnostics Companies Afford to Provide Ebola Testing?

In a least one instance, a major laboratory test provider has indicated (in confidence) that it would not be entering the Ebola testing market for three principle …

Dow Chemical Patents: From Genetically Modified Organisms to Construction Barrier Films

A look into the recently published patent applications assigned to Dow from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Organization shows us that GMOs and herbicides have been …
By Steve Brachmann 1 year ago 0

Australia Court Says Isolated DNA Patent Eligible, Slams SCOTUS

On the very same day that the U.S. jobs report shows unexpectedly weak growth, the Federal Court of Australia issued a ruling directly opposite to the …
By Gene Quinn 2 years ago 30

When Patents Aren’t Enough: The Case for Data Exclusivity for Biologic Medicines

Although complementary, patents and data exclusivity protection incentivize innovation in different ways and serve distinct purposes. Patents provide protection for innovations that meet the standards of patentability …
By Dr. Kristina Lybecker 2 years ago 1

An Agency Responds: USPTO’s Challenge to Create Post-Myriad Examination Guidelines that Translate Supreme Court Decision into Day-to-Day Action

Written by David J. Kappos, former Director of the USPTO: "The language of the Myriad decision did not on its face mandate drastic, innovation-dampening action. The Supreme …
By David Kappos 2 years ago 3