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OSTP Seeks Nanotechnology Commercialization Success Stories

On February 2, 2016, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) published in the Federal Register a request for information (RFI) seeking examples of commercialization success stories stemming from U.S....more

Jawbone Successfully Leverages Patent Portfolio as Collateral in Fund Raising Efforts

Fitness device maker Jawbone was recently featured in a Re/code article announcing that the company had raised $165 million in new funding. The article mentioned another aspect of the Jawbone’s fundraising efforts; the...more

MICHauto Annual Meeting Kicks Off Detroit Auto Show Week

The North American International Auto Show is in full swing this week in Detroit, with 40 new model introductions amid a frenzy of discussions about Mobility. Events kicked off last week with the Annual Meeting of MICHauto,...more

Self-Driving Cars: Legal Issues Ahead

Companies including Apple, Google, Tesla, Toyota and Uber are all developing and testing self-driving car technology. Toyota announced in November that it would spend $1 billion over the next five years on research centers...more

Congress Suspends Medical Device Tax for 2 Years

The New York Times reports that Congress has passed a $1.8 trillion package of spending and tax cuts which includes a two-year-long suspension of the medical device tax and a permanent extension of the research and...more

Tax Newsletter - September/October 2015 (China & Hong Kong)

Welcome to the latest issue of our Tax Newsletter. A number of developments have taken place in the PRC and Hong Kong that could be of legal and tax significance to your businesses. In the PRC, the State...more

Do the Evolution: Five Ways to Adapt Your Patent Strategy

The eastern coyote (or coywolf) is spreading across eastern North America. A study showed that coyote DNA dominates, but average eastern coyote DNA is about 10 percent dog (like Doberman Pinscher or German Shepherd) and 8-25...more

Government's Innovation Statement puts renewables back on the Agenda

Release of the Federal Government’s much-anticipated National Innovation and Science Agenda (the Agenda) on 7 December is expected to boost investor confidence in the cleantech and renewables sector. The $1.1 billion...more

Independent research and development effort: Back to the future?

Since the reforms of the early 1990s, the US government has taken a largely hands-off approach to independent research and development (IR&D) effort and the allowability of the related costs, in contrast to the rigorous...more

DOE Awards $125 Million for Energy Projects

Last week U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz awarded $125 million in funding for 41 cutting-edge energy technology projects under the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program. ...more

It’s (Not) Academic: Cybersecurity Is a Must for Universities and Academic Medical Centers

Cutting-edge research institutions need cutting-edge cybersecurity to protect their IP and critical personal and financial data. Universities hold vast repositories of valuable information, including student healthcare...more

Alert: China Piloting Drug Marketing Authorization Holder System

The Chinese central government has taken several important steps in reforming the drug approval system in China, which could have far-reaching implications for pharmaceutical companies in China as well as foreign companies...more

Life lines: Life sciences M&A and the rise of personalised medicine

The second report in our Deal Dimensions series, written in collaboration with Mergermarket and launched today, reveals that 94 per cent of life sciences companies are planning an acquisition in the next year, with more than...more

Top takeaways from 33rd Annual IAHA Annual Meeting

On Oct. 27, 2015, the Annual Meeting of the Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys was held at Navy Pier in Chicago. Hundreds of health care attorneys attended, including several from Thompson Coburn. The symposium was...more

Three Pressing Challenges for Personalized Medicine

Personalized medicine can be described as the science of targeted therapies. Advances in diagnostic and molecular medicine have made it possible to more precisely identify alternative treatment options for patients based on...more

FDA Stays Final Guidance on INDs for Foods and Dietary Supplement Studies

On October 30, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it was staying portions of its controversial Final Guidance relating to the types of studies that require compliance with Investigational New Drug...more

Nanotechnology Startup Challenge for Cancer Will Bring Nanotechnology Inventions to Market

On October 29, 2015, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) published a blog item concerning the Nanotechnology Startup Challenge for Cancer (NSC2), “an open-innovation competition designed by the...more

Australia Biotech Week showcases sophistication and growth

On October 9, Australia's biotech community completed its annual pilgrimage to Melbourne at the conclusion of Australia Biotech Invest 2015 and AusBiotech 2015. This year's conferences once again evidenced the primacy and...more

Guest Post -- The Emergent Microbiome: A Revolution for the Life Sciences – Part III, Psychobiotics

This is the third article in a series on advancements in microbiome research and development. This installment reviews the area of microbiome research known as the "gut-brain-axis" and therapies related thereto, which have...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - October 2015

A Note from the Editors - Our October edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights, the latest news from Capitol Hill, and a list of upcoming energy industry events. In Leaders in the...more

Cleantech and solar photovoltaic innovation – an area of opportunity for the mining industry

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency’s (ARENA) funding priorities for new investment represent an area of opportunity for the mining industry. While investment in clean technology may, on the surface, seem at odds with the...more

New IP Legislation Under Consideration Regarding Tax Relief for Income Generated From IP Assets

McGraw Hill Financial, Oracle and Facebook, announced they are forming a group called “American Innovation Matters” (AIM) to lobby Congress to revise the U.S. international tax code rules in an effort to encourage innovation...more

Guest Post -- The Biggest Side-effect of Making Medicine: How to Manage Intellectual Property and Patent Law

International intellectual property regulations are doing serious damage to the pharmaceutical industry and, by extension, to the health of people around the world. The core of the problem: growing global concern about how...more

Companies: Five Steps to Protecting Trade Secrets

If your management team knows it needs to better protect company trade secrets but isn’t sure where to start, take note. CREATe.org and PwC have put together a five-step framework to guide companies on how to identify, assess...more

Blog: Joining the Debate, Hillary Clinton Releases Plan to Curb Drug Prices

In the wake of the uproar about drug pricing, Hillary Clinton unveiled on Tuesday, a plan to address the rising cost of prescription drugs. The plan will focus on ending “excessive” profits, lowering out-of-pocket costs,...more

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