The U.S. Patent Office has learned of a new technological advance called “rss feed” and has instituted the system for the USPTO Systems Status and Availability site a mere 10 years after Netscape started using it. On the Electronic Business Center, you can check the web page for the latest information on operating status and […]

The FDA and Xavier University have co-developed the first annual Global Outsourcing Conference to be held June 13-16, 2010. GOC 2010, which is billed as “being designed collaboratively by FDA, Innovator Companies, and Contract Organizations to address Global Outsourcing challenges that reside on all sides,” focuses on four key discussions: Global Compliance The “Business” of […]

The ABA Journal has released third annual Blawg 100 – the best legal blogs as selected by the Journal’s editors.  This year’s list includes 40 blawgs that are new to the list. In general, I’m uncomfortable in trying to put blogs into any kind of subjective ranking since many are narrowly tailored and have different […]

Jim Greenwood, President and CEO of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) is asking those in the biotech industry to support their work and connect you with others across the industry by joining the IAmBiotech community today. Every day, the men and women in the biotech industry work to solve our most daunting challenges. From the fight […]

India and United States have signed two inter-governmental agreements on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) to help prevent what they say is the misappropriation of traditional knowledge through mistaken issuance of patents, what some call biopiracy. ‘Biopiracy’ describes a process in which living resources or traditional knowledge and practices are patented, thus applying intellectual property restrictions […]

The Spanish Central Administrative Court of Appeal has confirmed that the holders of innovator medicaments are not entitled to challenge the marketing approvals of generic medicaments issued by the Spanish Agency of Medicaments and Sanitary Products (AEMPS). The Central Administrative Court of Appeal upheld the Administrative Court’s decision dismissing that Laboratorios Servier SL lacked legal […]

On World AIDS Day, 15 organizations — including the Stop Aids Campaign, Médecins Sans Frontières, Unicef and Christian Aid — are calling on nine drug companies to join a patent pool being put together by Unitaid, which aims to improve access to drugs for HIV/Aids and other diseases in poor countries. The patent pool would […]

In Canada, linkage regulations similar to the Hatch-Waxman Act in the U.S. ensure that generics manufacturers have to address relevant patents listed on the Patent Register (the analog to the Orange Book) if they want to market their product prior to the expiry of listed patents.   Generics manufacturers can do so either by accepting the terms […]