The Washinton Times reported that a so-called wild-card patent provision, expected to be proposed to Congress as part of the Bioshield II bill (Senate Bill S.3, Protecting America in the War on Terror Act of 2005), has been modified to overcome objections from companies that manufacture generic drugs. S.3 would make changes to the earlier […]

In what may be a sign that blogs have jumped-the-shark, the current issue of BusinessWeek has a cover story emblazoned with large letters that “Blogs Will Change Your Business. Look past the yakkers, hobbyists, and political mobs. Your customers and rivals are figuring blogs out. Our advice: Catch up…or catch you later.” They cite some […]

Merck & Co. announced it intends to file an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court asking to overturn the ruling that the patent on its blockbuster osteoporosis drug Fosamax will expire a decade earlier than expected. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit rejected a Merck & Co. request to reconsider a decision […]

At the WIPO General Assembly meetings from September 27 to October 5, 2004 the governments of Argentina and Brazil submitted a proposal for “the Establishment of a Development Agenda for WIPO”. The proposal was co-sponsored by Bolivia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Iran, Kenya, Peru, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania and Venezuela. The Development Agenda […]

Groklaw, which advertises itself as “When you want to know more but don’t know where to look” has put together an exhaustive list of links in a Patent Resource Page. Frankly, I was starting to get carpal tunnel syndrome just scrolling through the list. While heavy on software patent and Open Source issues, it is […]

The House Subcommittee on Intellectual Property circulated a discussion draft a Patent Reform Bill. Since it’s just a draft, it’s not worth over-analyzing at this point but it is interesting to get a glimpse at the topics that may be subject to amendment. The proposed legislation includes changes to: Creating a post-grant opposition procedures Willfulness […]

Best Barista, Troels Overdal Poulsen of Copenhagen carried 12 liters of fresh, whole milk from his native Denmark to Seattle in beating five other finalists winning the sixth annual World Barista Championship. The contestants competed in an against-the-clock competition that required each barista to make four espressos, four cappuccinos and four “signature” drinks in just […]

A federal judge in Indianapolis upheld Eli Lilly’s patent on Zyprexa,(USP 5,605,897) a treatment for schizophrenia that was among the top-selling drugs in the United States last year, with $2.4 billion in sales. Judge Young’s verdict comes more than a year after the trial in the case. Lilly sued Zenith Goldline Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, […]