United States Court of Appeals upholds PTAB decision on CRISPR Patent Interference

The interference action between the University of California (UC) and Broad Institute (Broad) has seemingly come to an end, with the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Court (CAFC) affirming that the patent claims that had been granted to Broad in relation to its CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing patents are separately patentable from the claims of a patent application made by UC.

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“13 Reasons Why” to watch Article 13 – Copyright reform in the European Union

Last week, a plenary session of the European Parliament has voted to adopt changes to the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (or the Copyright Directive for short), that was first introduced by the European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs on 20 June 2018.

The Copyright Directive contains a number of sections that have been extremely polarising – critics argue that the Copyright Directive will encourage a form of censorship while supporters argue that the Copyright Directive will protect the works of artists and creators. One of the most contentious parts of the Copyright Directive is Article 13.

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United States FDA gets serious about biosimilars

The most significant advances in medical treatments are being made with biological products.  As biological medicines are significantly more expensive than traditional small molecule drugs, upward pressure is being placed on health spending. For example, in the United States, biological medicines accounted for 40% of all prescription drugs spending and 70% of the increase in healthcare spending in the five …

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Digital health receives funding boost from Federal Government

Australia’s digital health sector received a major boost in April this year when the Federal Government announced a $55 million cash injection to launch the new Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) and its programs which will bring together a consortium of more than 60 health, medical technology and pharmaceutical companies, universities and research institutes operating across the health, aged …

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Domain name disputes: Will the President play his trump card again?

The Trump Organisation owns a lot of domain names – around 3,000, for everything from <TrumpOnTheRocks.com> to <TrumpRussia.com>.  Unfortunately for the President, this impressive portfolio doesn’t include <TrumpHotels.org>. Golf enthusiasts, honeymooners and high-powered executives wanting to stay at one of Trump’s 11 hotels will not find what they are looking for at <TrumpHotels.org>.  The website features images of America’s immigrant …

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‘Sexy’ stamp leaves United States Postal Service blushing  

The United States Government, acting through the United States Postal Service (USPS) has been ordered to pay US $3.5 million for copyright infringement after accidentally using a replica Statue of Liberty on its 2011 Forever Stamp.  The creator of the replica sculpture, Robert S. Davidson, brought a claim against the United States for infringing his copyright over the original and …

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Promises, promises: Full Federal Court of Australia finds invention useful in ESCO Corporation v Ronneby Road

We can all be guilty of promising more than we can deliver – but for a patentee, that can be fatal for the validity of your patent.  Under Australian patent law, inventions must be ‘useful’ in order to be patentable, and one of the complex elements of this requirement is whether any promises made with respect to the invention in …

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Australian Plant Breeders’ Rights to be significantly strengthened

The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Bill 2018 seeks to introduce yet further changes aimed at improving Australia’s intellectual property laws.  The proposed amendments to the Plant Breeder’s Rights Act, 1994 cover many key aspects of Australia’s plant breeders’ rights regime and are expected to have a significant impact on the agricultural sector.  For …

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#BIO2018: Gene therapy, AI in healthcare, precision medicine and Diana Ross – The power of biotechnology

As we wrap up our week of insights on the biotech industry and coverage of #Bio2018, what is clear is that for many biotech innovations, the story is just beginning. From landmark developments in genetic engineering techniques, the integration of AI and digital technologies into health care products and services and the increasing investment in genomics based medicine, perhaps the …

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