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Software Sector Leads Pack in 2Q Venture Funding and Biotech Sector Finishes Second

Last week, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), a trade association representing the U.S. venture capital industry, released the results of its MoneyTree Report on venture funding for the second quarter of 2014. ...more

7/21/2014 - Biotechnology Funding Medical Devices Patents Pharmaceutical Pricewaterhousecoopers Software Venture Capital

USPTO Tries to Address Public Misunderstandings Regarding Myriad-Mayo Guidance

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office spent the entire afternoon session of today's biotechnology/chemical/pharmaceutical (BCP) customer partnership meeting focusing on the guidance memorandum for determining the subject...more

4/17/2014 - Biotechnology Myriad Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Pharmaceutical USPTO

Indiana Governor Signs Biosimilar Substitution Bill

On March 25, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed legislation (Senate Bill 262) that will allow pharmacists in Indiana to substitute an interchangeable biosimilar product for a prescribed biological product if certain...more

4/11/2014 - Biosimilars FDA Healthcare Patents Pharmaceutical Pharmacies Prescription Drugs

House and Senate Bills Would Provide Incentive for Repurposing Old Biologics

Last month, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) introduced legislation in the Senate and House, respectively, that would extend the term of certain patents claiming a method of using a biological...more

4/10/2014 - Biologics Patent Reform Patents Pharmaceutical

GEN and FiercePharma Compile Lists of Top Selling Drugs for 2013

Earlier this month, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News released its list of the top 25 best-selling drugs worldwide for 2013. GEN's list, which the journal released on March 3 (see "The Top 25 Best-Selling Drugs of...more

3/27/2014 - Biotechnology Pharmaceutical Prescription Drugs

Biotech Venture Funding Rebounded in 2013 After Strong Fourth Quarter

Earlier this month, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), a trade association representing the U.S. venture capital industry, released the results of its MoneyTree Report on venture funding for 2013. The report,...more

1/27/2014 - Biotechnology Patents Pharmaceutical Venture Capital

More Q&A from Webinar on Top Patent Law Stories of 2013

On Tuesday, we presented a live webinar on the "Top Patent Law Stories of 2013." The webinar covered ten of the fourteen stories that made it onto Patent Docs seventh annual list of top biotech/pharma patent stories. Posts...more

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FDA Approved 27 New Drugs in 2013

Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that the agency approved 27 new drugs and biological products in 2013. According to the FDA release, the 27 new molecular entities (NMEs) that were approved...more

1/9/2014 - FDA Pharmaceutical Prescription Drugs

Top Three Stories of 2013

Reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its seventh annual list of top biotech/pharma patent stories. For 2013, we identified fourteen stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year...more

1/6/2014 - America Invents Act AMP v Myriad Biotechnology Bowman v Monsanto DNA First-to-File First-to-Invent Genetic Materials Genetically Engineered Seed Human Genes Inventors Monsanto Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent Reform Patents Pharmaceutical SCOTUS

Top Stories of 2013: #7 to #10

Reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its seventh annual list of top biotech/pharma patent stories. For 2013, we identified fourteen stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year...more

1/2/2014 - Ambry Biotechnology BRCA DNA Human Genes Life Sciences Myriad Patent Litigation Patents Pharmaceutical

Top Stories of 2013: #11 to #14

Reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its seventh annual list of top biotech/pharma patent stories. For 2013, we identified fourteen stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year...more

1/2/2014 - 23andMe Biosimilars Biotechnology BPCIA Medtronic v Boston Scientific Patents Pharmaceutical Unified Patent Court

Tufts Report Shows Dramatic Shift from Small Molecule to Biologic Drugs

Last week, the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development (CSDD) at Tufts University released a report showing that the pharmaceutical industry has dramatically shifted its focus from a historical concentration on small...more

11/20/2013 - Biotechnology Pharmaceutical Prescription Drugs

Governor Brown Vetoes California Biosimilar Bill

Last week, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a California bill (SB-598) that would have authorized a pharmacist to select a biosimilar when filling a prescription order for a prescribed biological product, provided that the...more

10/17/2013 - Biosimilars Jerry Brown Legislative Vetoes Pharmaceutical Pharmacies Prescription Drugs

California Biosimilar Bill Aligns with BIO Principles on Biologic Substitution

Yesterday, we noted that the Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA) recently expressed its opposition to a California bill (SB-598) that would authorize a pharmacist to select a biosimilar when filling a prescription order...more

10/4/2013 - Biosimilars Generic Drugs Notice Requirements Pharmaceutical Prescription Drugs

GPhA Opposes California Biosimilar Bill; Points to Report on Savings from Biosimilars

Last week, the Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA) released a statement regarding a California bill (SB-598) that the GPhA asserted would "introduce[] burdensome provisions that could raise costs and limit patient...more

10/3/2013 - Biosimilars Generic Drugs Notice Requirements Pharmaceutical Prescription Drugs Recordkeeping Requirements

SkinMedica, Inc. v. Histogen Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2013)

On August 23, in SkinMedica, Inc. v. Histogen Inc., the Federal Circuit determined that the District Court for the Southern District of California did not err in construing the phrase "culturing . . . cells in...more

9/4/2013 - Biotechnology Infringement Patent Litigation Patents Pharmaceutical

BIO Reiterates Support for 12-Year Data Exclusivity Period for Biologics

Last month, in a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative, Ambassador Michael Froman, Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) President and CEO James Greenwood expressed support for the efforts of the Obama Administration to...more

8/21/2013 - Affordable Care Act Biologics Biotechnology Free Trade Agreement Pharmaceutical Prescription Drugs Trans-Pacific Partnership

Authors of Genome Medicine Article Form Genetic Testing Company

In a paper published in March in the journal Genome Medicine, Dr. Jeffrey Rosenfeld of the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey and Dr. Christopher Mason of Cornell University contended that due to the...more

8/13/2013 - Biotechnology DNA Genetic Materials Genetic Testing Genome Project Human Genes Medical Research Patents Pharmaceutical

Consortium Launches Public Database of BRCA Data

On June 13, the Genetic Alliance announced the launch of an initiative to fill the public information gap caused by the lack of available genetic information for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. ...more

7/5/2013 - AMP v Myriad Biotechnology BRCA DNA Genetic Materials Genetic Services Genetic Testing Patents Pharmaceutical

GEN Compiles List of Top Biopharma R&D Spenders

Earlier this month, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News published its list of the top 20 best-selling prescription drugs worldwide for 2012 (see "GEN Compiles List of Top Selling Drugs for 2012"). The biotech...more

3/21/2013 - Biopharmaceutical Biotechnology Patents Pharmaceutical Prescription Drugs Research Funding

GEN Compiles List of Top Selling Drugs for 2012

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News has compiled a list of the top 20 best-selling prescription drugs worldwide for 2012. GEN's list, which the journal released on March 5 (see "Top 20 Best-Selling Drugs of 2012"), was...more

3/13/2013 - Pharmaceutical Prescription Drugs Sales

WLF Submits Comments on Abbott's Citizen Petition on Biosimilars

Last April, Abbott Laboratories filed a Citizen Petition with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, asking the agency to refrain from accepting biosimilar applications under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act...more

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FDA FY2012 Drug Approvals Equal FY2011 Mark

Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released its annual report on innovative drug approvals, noting that the agency approved 35 novel medicines in FY 2012. The 35 approvals equaled the number of approvals for...more

1/23/2013 - Drug Approvals FDA Personalized Medicine Pharmaceutical

Top Stories of 2012: #4 to #7

Reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its sixth annual list of top biotech/pharma patent stories. For 2012, we identified fifteen stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that...more

1/3/2013 - Biotechnology DNA FDA Infringement Patent Exhaustion Patents Pharmaceutical Safe Harbors

Top Stories of 2012: #12 to #15

Reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its sixth annual list of top biotech/pharma patent stories. For 2012, we identified fifteen stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that...more

1/2/2013 - America Invents Act Biotechnology Copyright Patent Reform Patents Pharmaceutical Request for Continued Examination

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