Monthly Archive for: ‘June, 2018’

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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Gene editing and genetic engineering techniques

Continuing our series on biotechnology for #Bio2018, this post looks at the development of new gene editing and genetic engineering techniques – a key trend shaping the biotechnology industry.   New genome editing techniques, such as CRISPR/Cas9, have made editing genomic material cheap, efficient and accessible.  These new techniques have opened up a plethora of opportunities for scientific progress previously considered …

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#BIO2018: KWM report from the Bio 2018 Convention

Couldn’t make it to #Bio2018? This week, Anna Feros reports on her insights from the BIO International Convention in Boston, hosted by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), which represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations.  The first full day at BIO2018 kicked off with an inspirational keynote session led by BIO president, Jim Greenwood, who …

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How AI is shaping healthcare

As keepers of the world’s ‘big data’, many of the major tech companies  are naturally well placed to turn to the data-hungry development of artificial intelligence, or AI.  And while AI is a hot topic in almost every industry, its presence and potential application in healthcare is exploding. AI – what is it exactly? In the simplest sense, AI is …

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The final word and ‘smoking gun’ documents – ACCC v Pfizer

For those readers interested in the issues surrounding competitive moves by pharmaceutical companies in the scenario where a key patent comes to an end, we report on the recent decision of the Full Federal Court in the ACCC v Pfizer matter here: ACCC v Pfizer – KWM News & Insights

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Is the cure in your DNA? – The rise of biopharmaceuticals and pharmacogenomics-led therapy

15 years has passed since the Human Genome Project, involving the identification and mapping of all the genes of the human genome, was declared complete. Work on the project (which formally started in 1990 and spanned 15 years) involved international collaboration between scores of scientific researchers and funding of ~US$3 billion. As one of the world’s greatest collective scientific endeavours, …

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Biotech Insights: 2018 industry snapshot and key trends

With the latest Scientific American, Worldwide Scorecard ranking Australia in the top five bio-economies globally, Australia’s biotechnology and life sciences sector continues to show healthy performance for the fifth consecutive year.  Despite the challenges of the global economy, there has been generally positive sentiment from an industry that is expected to continue growing, reaching close to $8B in revenue over …

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