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Donald Zuhn

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Letter to Colombian President Encourages Grant of Compulsory License for Imatinib

Last month, we reported on letters sent by two Senators and fifteen Representatives to the U.S. Trade Representative, seeking clarification regarding the Administration's position on compulsory licenses. The letters were...more

8/8/2016 - Columbia Compulsory Licenses Patents Pharmaceutical Industry Public Health U.S. Commerce Department USTR World Health Organization

Hudson Institute Report Refutes UN Panel Stance on Impact of Patents on Access to Medicines

In June, the Hudson Institute released a research report that analyzes several positions taken by the United Nations (UN) High Level Panel on Access to Medicines (HLP) on the impact of patents on global access to medicines. ...more

8/5/2016 - Global Health Issues Health IT Human Rights Inventors Patents Research and Development United Nations

PwC Report: 2017 Will Be Year of Equilibrium for Medical Costs

A report issued by PwC's Health Research Institute (HRI) in June projects next year's medical cost trend (i.e., the projected percentage increase in the cost to treat patients) to be 6.5%, which is level to the medical cost...more

8/3/2016 - Drug Pricing Healthcare Costs Life Sciences Pharmaceutical Industry Prescription Drugs

USPTO News Briefs - July 2016

PTAB Introduces New Patent Review Processing System - In a post on the USPTO's "Director's Forum" blog, the Chief Judge for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), David P. Ruschke, announced that the PTAB was...more

8/1/2016 - Administrative Proceedings Certificate of Mailing Covered Business Method Patents E-Filing Inter Partes Review Proceedings Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patents Post-Grant Review USPTO

USPTO Sets New Deadline for Migration to Financial Manager

As we reported earlier this month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that it was extending the deadline for customers to migrate their deposit accounts and electronic funds transfer accounts (EFTs) to Financial...more

7/29/2016 - Deposit Accounts EFTs Electronic Payment Transactions Internet Payments USPTO

USPTO Implements Pilot Program to Support President's National Cancer Moonshot

Last month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a notice in the Federal Register (81 Fed. Reg. 42328) regarding the implementation of a new pilot program that will provide for earlier review of patent applications...more

7/20/2016 - Cancer Federal Register National Cancer Moonshot Patent Applications Patents Request for Continued Examination USPTO USPTO Pilot Program

USPTO Initiates Post-Prosecution Pilot Program

On Monday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a notice in the Federal Register (81 Fed. Reg. 44845) regarding the initiation of a new pilot program intended to enhance patent practice during the period after the...more

7/15/2016 - Administrative Proceedings Appeals Federal Register Final Action Patents Request for Continued Examination USPTO USPTO Pilot Program

Senate Passes GMO Food Labeling Legislation

Earlier this month, the Senate passed legislation (S. 764) that would amend the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 to require the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a national disclosure standard for bioengineered foods. ...more

7/11/2016 - Bioengineering Food Labeling Food Manufacturers GMO Pending Legislation Preemption

28 Organizations Seek Clarification from President Obama Regarding Colombian Compulsory License -- U.S. Chamber of Commerce...

On July 5, 2016, we reported on two letters sent by two Senators and fifteen Representatives to Michael Froman, the U.S. Trade Representative ("USTR"), seeking clarification regarding the Administration's position on...more

7/6/2016 - Barack Obama Columbia Compulsory Licenses Patents Pharmaceutical Industry Political Debates Public Health U.S. Commerce Department USTR World Health Organization

Letters from Congress Seek Clarification from USTR Regarding Position on Compulsory Licenses

Last month, we reported on a letter sent by three Colombian organizations to the Chairman of the World Health Organization (WHO) 2016 Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination...more

7/5/2016 - Columbia Compulsory Licenses DOHA Fair Trade Agreements (FTA) Pharmaceutical Industry TRIPS Agreement USTR World Health Organization

USPTO Extends Deadline for Migration to Financial Manager

As we reported earlier this week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office originally set a June 30, 2016 deadline for customers to migrate their deposit accounts and electronic funds transfer accounts (EFTs) to Financial...more

7/5/2016 - EFTs Electronic Fund Transfer Act Online Payments Patent Fees Patents USPTO

Deadline Approaching to Migrate USPTO Deposit Accounts to Financial Manager

Last week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office sent an e-mail alert reminding practitioners and applicants that the deadline for migrating their deposit accounts and electronic funds transfer accounts (EFTs) is June 30,...more

6/29/2016 - EFTs Electronic Fund Transfer Act Online Payments Patent Fees Patents USPTO

Immersion Corp. v. HTC Corp. (Fed. Cir. 2016) - Continuation Application Filed on Same Day Parent Issues Satisfies § 120...

Last week, in Immersion Corp. v. HTC Corp., the Federal Circuit reversed the decision of the District Court for the District of Delaware that U.S. Patent No. 7,148,875 ("the '875 patent"), assigned to Immersion Corp....more

6/27/2016 - Appeals Patent Applications Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Same-Day Continuations Summary Judgment

Amicus Briefs in Support of Sequenom's Petition for Certiorari: Dr. Chakrabarty, A Scientist's View

In March, following the Federal Circuit's denial of Sequenom's petition for rehearing en banc, Sequenom filed a petition for certiorari for Supreme Court review of the Federal Circuit's decision in Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v....more

6/20/2016 - Amicus Briefs Ariosa CLS Bank v Alice Corp Myriad-Mayo Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Petition for Writ of Certiorari Pharmaceutical Patents SCOTUS Section 101 Sequenom

Amicus Briefs in Support of Sequenom's Petition for Certiorari: Eli Lilly and Company et al.

In March, following the Federal Circuit's denial of Sequenom's petition for rehearing en banc, Sequenom filed a petition for certiorari for Supreme Court review of the Federal Circuit's decision in Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v....more

6/17/2016 - Abstract Ideas Amicus Briefs Ariosa Eli Lilly Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Petition for Writ of Certiorari Pfizer Pharmaceutical Patents Product of Nature Doctrine SCOTUS Sequenom

Colombian Organizations Send Letter to CEWG Regarding Imatinib Compulsory License

In letter from three Colombian organizations to the Chairman of the World Health Organization (WHO) 2016 Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination (CEWG) (posted on the...more

6/13/2016 - Colombia Compulsory Licenses Research and Development TRIPS Agreement World Health Organization

Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance -- Example on Screening for Gene Alterations

Last month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued further guidance for determining subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101. In addition to a memorandum on subject matter eligibility determinations that was...more

6/10/2016 - BRCA Diagnostic Method DNA Life Sciences Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Section 101 USPTO

USPTO Selects Topics for Quality Case Study Pilot Program

In December, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office invited stakeholders to submit patent quality-related topics that could be used as case studies in a new Enhanced Patent Quality Initiative (EPQI) pilot program. At the time,...more

6/1/2016 - Patent Applications Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Section 101 USPTO USPTO Pilot Program

Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance -- Example on Diagnosing and Treating Julitis

Last week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued further guidance for determining subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101. In addition to a memorandum on subject matter eligibility determinations that was...more

5/13/2016 - Guidance Update Life Sciences Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter USPTO

USPTO Issues Update to Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance

In a notice published in the Federal Register (88 Fed. Reg. 27381) on Friday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued further guidance for determining subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101. The notice,...more

5/10/2016 - Abstract Ideas Life Sciences New Guidance Patent-Eligible Subject Matter USPTO

Amici Support Certiorari in Sequenom v. Ariosa

In response to Sequenom's March 21 petition for certiorari seeking Supreme Court review of the Federal Circuit's decision in Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc. (see "Sequenom Petitions for Certiorari"), a total of...more

5/3/2016 - Ariosa Certiorari Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Product of Nature Doctrine Sequenom

USPTO Seeks Comments on New Patent Quality Metrics

In a notice published in the Federal Register (81 Fed. Reg. 16142) last month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that new patent quality metrics were being designed for use in FY2017 and that the Office was...more

5/2/2016 - Corporate Counsel Federal Register Patent Quality Metrics Patents Public Comment USPTO

Public Health Organizations Urge Congress to Reject Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

In a letter sent to members of Congress earlier this month, 58 public health organizations urged Congress to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in its current form, stating that the coalition was "alarmed by the...more

4/19/2016 - Pharmaceutical Industry Pharmaceutical Patents Prescription Drugs Public Health Trade Agreements Trans-Pacific Partnership

Members of Congress Seek NIH Hearing on Use of March-in Rights

On March 28, 2016, a dozen members of Congress sent a letter to Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, and Dr. Francis Collins, the Director of the National Institutes of Health...more

4/12/2016 - March-in NIH Pharmaceutical Industry Public Hearing Secretary of HHS

IPO Responds to USPTO Call for Case Study Topics

In December, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office invited stakeholders to submit patent quality-related topics that they believe should be the subject of a case study as part of a new Enhanced Patent Quality Initiative pilot...more

3/16/2016 - IPO Patents USPTO USPTO Pilot Program

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