Will Myriad ruling stifle innovation? Many still see plenty of incentives for genetics companies

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Will Myriad ruling stifle innovation? Many still see plenty of incentives for genetics companies

June 14, 2013 3:00 pm by | 0 Comments

Even before the Supreme Court ruled on Myriad Genetics yesterday, there was talk in the biotech industry that a decision against the company’s patents would spell bad news for innovation….


Healthcare startups: Patent trolls got you down? Check out WSJ’s tips

Healthcare startups: Patent trolls got you down? Check out WSJ’s tips

October 28, 2013 9:58 am by | 0 Comments

When a startup gets ready for some M&A action (and if they’re in healthcare, getting to this point was probably hard-fought and hard-won), a patent troll could come knocking. While…


Despite their criticism of India’s strict IP regime, foreign pharma won 77% of all patents in last three years

Despite their criticism of India’s strict IP regime, foreign pharma won 77% of all patents in last three years

September 16, 2013 4:00 am by | 0 Comments

MUMBAI — More than two-thirds of the pharmaceutical patents awarded by India in the last three years were granted to foreign drug makers such as Pfizer Inc. , Novartis AG and F Hoffmann La Roche Ltd , which have been critical of India’s intellectual p…



Report: Patent trolling is causing more than financial pain for startups & VCs

Report: Patent trolling is causing more than financial pain for startups & VCs

September 10, 2013 2:13 pm by | 0 Comments

“Patents are one of the most painful parts of running a startup.” That was one of the responses Colleen Chien, an associate professor of Law at Santa Clare Law, got…


GLNT gets another patent to treat Parkinson’s for transcranial direct current stimulation during sleep

GLNT gets another patent to treat Parkinson’s for transcranial direct current stimulation during sleep

July 22, 2013 9:45 am by | 0 Comments

  Great Lakes NeuroTechnologies, a Cleveland-area company that promised more focus on DBS treatments as well as new products this year, has expanded its intellectual property in that area. The…


7 things you should know about protecting IP under the updated patent laws

7 things you should know about protecting IP under the updated patent laws

May 8, 2013 7:09 pm by | 1 Comments

Passed in September 2011, the final phases of the America Invents Act went into effect in March. Cyrus Morton, a partner at the Minneapolis office of Robins, Kaplan, Miller &…


Imagine a world where you fear patent trolls at all times. It’s here.

Imagine a world where you fear patent trolls at all times. It’s here.

March 12, 2013 5:54 pm by | 0 Comments

This post was written by Josh Hartwell, the CEO of game company Mobile Deluxe. We have an incentive system at work in the apps ecosystem. Angry Birds has been downloaded…


India board rules against Bayer in cancer drug patent case

India board rules against Bayer in cancer drug patent case

March 4, 2013 9:39 am by | 0 Comments

An Indian patent appeals board upheld on Monday a decision to allow a domestic company to sell a generic version of Bayer AG’s cancer drug Nexavar, in a blow for global drugmakers’ efforts to hold on to monopolies on high-price medicines.



Why copyright law won’t be able to keep up with the crazy world of 3D printing

Why copyright law won’t be able to keep up with the crazy world of 3D printing

March 2, 2013 10:32 am by | 3 Comments

If you’re trying to understand how existing intellectual property law applies to 3D printing, let me save you some time: It’s a complete mess.

From top to bottom, 3D printing raises more legal questions than it answers. There are lots of companies making 3D printing hardware, even more companies offering online repositories of 3D designs, plenty of services that will print things for you, and almost zero precedent for disputes among them. From a legal standpoint, 3D printing is the Wild West.


Crowdfunding university research and tech commercialization: 6 sites that are doing it

Crowdfunding university research and tech commercialization: 6 sites that are doing it

February 13, 2013 3:28 pm by | 1 Comments

A piece in Forbes this week calls attention to a recent trend in technology commercialization at universities: the use of crowdfunding. The article focused on a collaboration between the University…


Is a patent troll watching your business now?

Is a patent troll watching your business now?

February 9, 2013 10:08 am by | 0 Comments

Patent trolls, a common term for non-practicing entities (NPEs), are shell companies that do not design, manufacture or distribute products. Rather, their sole purpose is to acquire and license patents to unsuspecting businesses. Last year, NPE litigation cost tech companies $29 billion, up more than 400 percent from 2005.


Organizations pivot to deal with patent law changes

Organizations pivot to deal with patent law changes

February 2, 2013 9:44 pm by | 0 Comments

New provisions in U.S. patent law are pushing organizations intent on protecting their intellectual property to rethink the best way to achieve their goal.
Here in the Triangle, where universities and companies pursue cutting-edge research-and-developm…


IP Factory succeeds with tech transfer by bringing stalled corporate projects back to life

IP Factory succeeds with tech transfer by bringing stalled corporate projects back to life

November 1, 2012 4:02 pm by | 0 Comments

The CEO of IP Factory is making smart bets on tech transfer by seeking out products developed by private industries that for some reason have not been brought to market, and then finding ways to do so.


21-year-old biotech leader: How I waged a tech transfer debate & won nondilutive funding

21-year-old biotech leader: How I waged a tech transfer debate & won nondilutive funding

August 14, 2012 8:17 am by | 4 Comments

Last summer, when regenerative medicine company Stem Cell Theranostics went through the StartX accelerator program at Stanford University along with one other biotech company, the team members realized that many…


Protecting your IP: Q&A with a patent attorney about China and the AIA

Protecting your IP: Q&A with a patent attorney about China and the AIA

May 17, 2012 1:40 pm by | 0 Comments

Patent laws are changing. The America Invents Act has shifted U.S. patent laws to a “first-to-file” system from a “first-to-invent” system, according to attorney Steven Auvil, chair of the intellectual…


PU tech transfer chief: ‘Keep breathing innovative thinking into your OTC’

PU tech transfer chief: ‘Keep breathing innovative thinking into your OTC’

May 15, 2012 9:38 am by | 0 Comments

Purdue University spun off 11 new companies in 2010, making it the sixth most successful university technology commercialization program in the country for creating startups, according to the Association of…