Posts Tagged: Biotechnology


Superbugs Require New Weapons: Strong, Effective Intellectual Property Rights May Be Our Best, Last Hope

The dangers of killer germs and superbugs are not limited to bird flu in China, Ebola in West Africa, Zika in South America and MERS in the …
By Dr. Kristina Lybecker
1 month ago 3

Patent issued on vaccine for one of the most common causes of bronchiolitis and pneumonia

Respiratory syncytial virus, commonly referred to simply as RSV, is a highly contagious viral disease and is one of the most common causes of bronchiolitis and pneumonia. …
By Gene Quinn
5 months ago 1

Advances in artificial pancreas technology leading towards probable FDA approval in 2017

Artificial pancreas systems can provide dramatic improvements to the quality of life of diabetes patients and Kowalski should know, as he himself has had type 1 diabetes for 30 …
By Steve Brachmann
10 months ago 1

Are Patents the Reason Poor Countries Lack Healthcare?

A consistent charge against the patent system is that it denies the poor access to critical medicines. This belief led the UN Secretary General to launch his …
By Joseph Allen
10 months ago 3

Public Health and Bioscientific War on Superbugs is Hobbled by IP Uncertainties

How will our patent system treat this wonderful new discovery? How long will it take before its curative benefits can be deployed ? We can only hope that …
By Chris Gallagher
11 months ago 5

Toxic algal blooms of today could become the biofuels, fertilizers and antibiotics of tomorrow

At the time of an NIH study in 2011, algae-based biofuel production costs using conventional technologies were anywhere from $300 USD to $2,600 USD per barrel, much higher than the …
By Steve Brachmann
11 months ago 2

The superbugs are here, but where are we?

Superbugs have powerful friends in high places. SCOTUS’s patent eligibility criteria emanating from Mayo/Alice’s mysterious “laws of nature” and credible reports of unremitting turndowns …
By Chris Gallagher
11 months ago 6

Supreme Court denies cert. in Sequenom v. Ariosa Diagnostics

Earlier today the United States Supreme Court denied certiorari to Sequenom, Inc., which will let stand a decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the …
By Gene Quinn
12 months ago 72

UN Access to Medicine Recommendations Will Increase Human Suffering

The pending report of the UN Secretary General's High Level Panel on Access to Medicines not only attacks the patent system as predicted, but proposes giving the …
By Joseph Allen
1 year ago 7

The CRISPR Clash: Who owns this groundbreaking, DNA altering technique?

Right now, behind the walls of the USPTO, there is a fiery interference battle occurring between two scientific teams over who created a groundbreaking, DNA altering technique …
By Angélique McCall
1 year ago 12

IP Protection Critical for BioPharma Given Number, Cost and Complexity of Clinical Trials

Biopharmaceutical innovation is difficult, expensive, time-consuming, and risky. More so now than ever. A 2014 study by Tufts University’s Center for the Study of Drug Development calculated …

USPTO Provides Updates to Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance

On its face, the new guidance seems to urge examiners to develop well-reasoned, substantive rejections rather than conclusory rejections which provide little basis for applicants to advance …

Are Genetically Modified Mosquitos the Answer to Ending Zika?

Health and government officials around the world are scrambling to find a way to prevent or cure the growing spread of the Zika virus. Could the introduction …
By Megan Ray Nichols
1 year ago 4

Clinical Trials and Tribulations: Why IP Protection is Critical to the Future of Biologic Medicine

Given the importance of intellectual property rights to economic growth and technological development, as well as the wider benefits of biopharmaceutical research, the provisions found in the …

Blue Ribbon Panel of Advisors Announced for Biden Cancer Moonshot Initiative

Earlier this week the National Cancer Institute (NCI), which is part of the National Institutes of Health, announced a Blue Ribbon Panel of scientific experts, cancer leaders, …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 5