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[News] Unrest and Apathy Towards Patents is Noted

  • Subject: [News] Unrest and Apathy Towards Patents is Noted
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2010 15:22:36 +0100
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Patents seen as low priority for software firms

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| Biotech, medical device and hardware 
| startups almost always use patents to 
| protect their prospects, but young software 
| companies generally do not, according to the 
| first quantitative study of how small firms 
| use intellectual property protections.


Human Genome Project leader warns against attempts to patent genes

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| Human genetic information must be kept in 
| the public domain to allow researchers to 
| analyse it and to give members of the public 
| fair access to medical treatments, the Nobel 
| prizewinning scientist who led the British 
| contribution to the Human Genome Project 
| said today.
| Speaking at a briefing at the Science Museum 
| in London to mark the 10th anniversary of 
| the first draft of the human genome, 
| biologist John Sulston said scientists and 
| lawmakers must resist attempts by 
| corporations and individuals to patent human 
| genes.
| In the US, for example, it costs a woman 
| between $3,000 and $4,000 to be tested for 
| familial breast cancer because a corporation 
| owns the patent for the two genes involved. 
| "The fact of the matter is that many human 
| genes have patent rights on them and this is 
| going to get in the way of treatment unless 
| you have a lot of money," said Sulston. "And 
| it's going to get in the way of research."



United States: Ground-breaking Federal District Court Ruling on Gene Patents

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| Editor: Do you see any of your larger clients
| selling off some of their patent portfolios?
| Camacho: I see very few of my clients selling
| off patent assets except in connection with
| the sale of a portion of the business, which
| will typically include the portion of the
| patent portfolio to which it pertained. More
| often, my clients are finding strategic
| partnerships in which they can monetize their
| patent portfolio by licensing the technology
| in markets that are ancillary or orthogonal to
| the client's primary market - i.e., they don't
| want to license the technology to a
| competitor. However, when a client has a large
| number of overlapping patents on a particular
| product and the value of pushing through
| incremental advances on that particular
| product is marginal at best, I do see clients
| choosing to spend less of their IP budget on
| getting additional patent coverage.


Cancer gene patent faces legal challenge


Biotech industry warns about legal challenge

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| ELEANOR HALL: Australia's biotechnology
| industry is warning that the court challenge
| being launched today against the patenting of
| human genetic material could kill off
| investment in the industry.
| Lawyers have begun legal action against four
| biotechnology companies, which co-own the
| patent to the breast cancer gene.
| They say companies shouldn't have the right
| to commercialise the human body.
| But representatives of the biotechnology
| industry say the landmark legal case could
| stifle innovation and investment in important
| medical research.


Think Gene Patents Are Controversial Now? Just Wait

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| Of course, the $1,000 genome is likely
| years away, and those who favor exclusive
| patents on diagnostics say theyâre
| necessary for companies to make their money
| back on research and development.
| But exclusive patents may already be
| keeping some patients in the dark, the WSJ
| article says. It describes a new method of
| genetic testing called chromosomal
| microarrays that can pick up chromosomal
| abnormalities in the genome. Whatâs a
| doctor to do if that kind of analysis
| encompasses a gene thatâs already patented
| â tell the patient or stick to the letter
| of the law?

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