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Welcome to the IPBio Newsletter - a quarterly roundup of intellectual property and bioscience news

Vol. 1, April 2013

Contents:

1. Recent Publications

2. Novartis and Patent Evergreening

3. Plant Patents

4. Intellectual Property and Research

5. ABS / TK / Biodiversity

6. Geographical Indicators

7. Intellectual Property and Food Security

8. Copyright and Punitive Intellectual Property Enforcement

9. And finally, Bowman v. Monsanto

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1) Recent Publications

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), 2012 Global Food Policy Report, http://www.ifpri.org/sites/default/files/publications/gfpr2012.pdf

Daniel J. Kevles, 'Can they Patent Your Genes', The New York Review of Books, 7 March 2013, http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2013/mar/07/can-they-patent-your-genes/

See also, "Concern over Gene Patents" on the Australian Supreme Court's Myriad decision http://www.nouse.co.uk/2013/03/05/concern-over-gene-patents/ and http://www.theage.com.au/business/myriad-genetics-wins-bid-to-patent-human-genes-20130215-2ehfm.html An appeal against the decision has already been launched: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-03-04/myriad-genetics-win-on-gene-patent-ownership-is-appealed.html

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2) Novartis and Patent Evergreening

In the UK press: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/pharmaceuticalsandchemicals/9964953/Novartis-loses-landmark-patent-case-in-India.html and http://www.economist.com/blogs/schumpeter/2013/04/drug-patents

US press: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/02/business/global/top-court-in-india-rejects-novartis-drug-patent.html?_r=0

Indian press: http://www.hindustantimes.com/business-news/CorporateNews/A-bitter-dose-How-Western-media-reacted-to-SC-s-Novartis-verdict/Article1-1036209.aspx and http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Father-of-Glivec-hails-SC-ruling/articleshow/19350692.cms?

@ Intellectual Property Watch http://www.ip-watch.org/2013/04/01/novartis-loses-patent-bid-lessons-from-indias-3d-experience/

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3) Plant Patents

Monsanto and DuPont finally make peace, "drop their respective antitrust and soybean patent lawsuits and enter into licensing agreements for making genetically modified crops.": http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-03-27/monsanto-bittorrent-microsoft-intellectual-property.html

S&W Seed Company To Acquire Seed Genetics International: http://www.heraldonline.com/2013/03/17/4699599/sw-seed-company-to-acquire-seed.html

UPOV 1991 in Tanzania: http://www.ip-watch.org/2013/03/25/upov-1991-will-adversely-impact-farmers-in-tanzania-civil-society-and-farmers-say/

Monsanto and GMO in Eygypt: http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/biotechnology-report-1000-hectares-genetically-modified-maize-grows-egypt

Steve Savage at Science 2.0, in defence of plant patents: http://www.science20.com/agricultural_realism/defense_plantcrop_related_patents-105931

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4) Intellectual Property and Research

Adam Vogel in the Conversation: http://theconversation.com/great-idea-thanks-intellectual-property-and-theft-12322

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5) ABS / TK / Biodiversity

WIPO Patent Disclosure Negotiations Stay On Track But Consensus Will Prove Difficult: http://www.twnside.org.sg/title2/biotk/2013/biotk130201.htm

Report On First Round Of Projects Of Seed Treaty Benefit-Sharing Fund: http://www.ip-watch.org/2013/02/16/report-on-first-round-of-projects-of-seed-treaty-benefit-sharing-fund/

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6) Geographical Indicators

Registered for the first time in Thailand and Myanmar, soon to be recognised by the EU: http://winelexasia.blogspot.com.au/

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7) Intellectual Property and Food Security

David Lawrence (Non-exec Director at Syngenta AG) on biotechnology and food security: http://forumblog.org/2013/03/will-biotechnology-provide-food-security/

Report On Seed Giants' Initiatives To Preserve Monopoly On Global Food: http://www.etcgroup.org/sites/www.etcgroup.org/files/ETCCommCharityCartel_March2013_final.pdf

Analysis at IP Watch here: http://www.ip-watch.org/2013/03/08/report-on-antitrust-concerns-seed-companies-working-to-extend-iprs-to-control-global-food/

See also, SEED GIANTS VS. U.S. FARMERS, a report on similar issues of market concentration from the Center for Food Safety and Save our Seeds: http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/files/seed-giants_final_04424.pdf

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8) Copyright and punitive intellectual property enforcement

Aaron's Army fights the Trans-Pacific Partnership: http://theconversation.com/aarons-army-fights-the-trans-pacific-partnership-12273

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9) And finally, Monsanto v. Bowman.

Monsanto v. Bowman: Stocktaking After Supreme Court Hearings: http://www.ip-watch.org/2013/03/05/monsanto-v-bowman-stocktaking-after-supreme-court-hearings/

And a great round-up of newspaper coverage of the case collated by the Centre for Food Safety here: http://www.columbia.org/pdf_files/cfsmediacoverage.pdf

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[This newsletter is compiled by Berris Charnley at ACIPA, please forward any items for inclusion in future editions to: Berris.Charnley@gmail.com]