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

Vol. 5 April 2014


1. WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore

2. Biotech stocks

3. Hidden costs of Biotech

4. IP in Parliament, Court and the patent office (PK, SA, RU, USA)

5. Genetics and animal breeding

6. IP and University Research

7. US and India tussle over IPRs

8. GMOs

9. Beyond Gene Patents

10. Beyond Diagnostic testing

11. Events

12. Publications


1) WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore

Decisions of the Twenty-Seventh Session of the Committee


2) Biotech stocks

U.S. Stocks Decline as Biotechnology Selloff Continues" Nasdaq.

Russ Britt Amid bubble talk, biotechnology ETFs and indexes pull back sharply" Market Watch (WSJ).

Dilip Kumar Jha [Indian] Biotech stocks rise on govt nod to GM crop field trials Business Standard


3) Hidden costs of Biotech

Carolyn Y. Johnson Horseshoe crab bleeding may be linked to species decline The Boston Globe


4) IP in Parliament, Court and the patent office (PK, SA, RU, USA)

Intellectual property policy sent to ministry for comments: IPO The Nation (Islamabad)

Amy Green Patients before patents, demand health activists Mail & Guardian

Delphine d'Amora Intellectual Property Rights Case Load Overwhelming Fledgling Court The Moscow Times

Inventor battling [USPTO] over patents Mohave Valley Daily News

Gene Quinn USPTO Renews Patents for Humanity Program IPWatchdog


5) Genetics and Animal Breeding

Laurissa Smith, Genetics the key to stronger wool ABC Rural

[PR] Better Meat Quality with Duroc Genetics The Pig Site

See also, tree breeding without genetic engineering, Anthony Doesburg Research and development: Forest Genetics The New Zealand Herald


6) IP and University Research

Jim Singer Penn State University to license patents via online auction IP Spotlight


7) US and India tussle over IPRs

India ready to discuss intellectual property rights norms at WTO if US wants: Anand Sharma The Economic Times

See also: Rupali Mukherjee Changes to India's patent law will impact prices of life-saving drugs The Times of India

and Doug Schoen Protecting American Intellectual Property Forbes

also Meir Perez Pugatch On intellectual property, a new strategy The Indian Express

and Sumeet Chatterjee U.S. fears for patents on next-generation drugs in India Reuters


8) GMOs

Elizabeth Kucinich (Center for Food Safety) GMO Pushers and The Art of War HuffingtonPost

Dan Flynn Plant Biotechnology Industry Rolls Out Site to Address Top Consumer Questions Food Safety News

Lazarus Sauti Embracing agricultural biotechnology The Southern Times (SA)

Emmanuel Elebeke Nigeria: Biotechnology'll Grow Economy By U.S.$11.6 Billion - Monsanto Vanguard

Vishwa Mohan Draft biotechnology strategy documents highlights importance of GM crops The Times of India


9) Beyond Gene Patents

Hyeongsu Park Written Description Problems of the Monoclonal Antibody Patents after Centocor v. Abbott Harvard Journal of Law and Technology


10) Beyond Diagnostic Testing

Myriad Genetics Inks HRD Alliance with Tesaro Zacks Equity Research

(see also Glyn Moody Myriad Genetics Loses Again: Court Refuses To Grant Preliminary Injunction Against Rival Genetic Testing Company TechDirt)

Jemima Kiss 23andMe admits FDA order 'significantly slowed up' new customers Guardian

Shelley DuBois Insight Genetics works to personalize cancer treatment The Tennessean


11) Events

Public Lecture: Mario Biagioli "When Machines were Texts: The Strange History of the Idea/Expression Distinction", University of Leeds, 15 May 6-7pm. Registration:

INTERNATIONAL DIVERSITY IN PATENT CULTURES – A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE, 15-16 May 2014, University of Leeds (Registration required):

'The "Artificial" and the "Natural" in the Life Sciences, c. 1850-1950', Exeter, 25th-27th June 2014

NURTURING GENETICS: REFLECTIONS ON A CENTURY OF SCIENTIFIC AND SOCIAL CHANGE, An international and interdisciplinary symposium, University of Leeds, 29 June-2 July 2014

BRIT XIV Belgium-France, 14th international conference BRIT (Border Regions In Transition): The border, a source of innovation / La frontiere, source d'innovation, Nov. 4-7 2014

(CFP) 2nd World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities (WSSD-U-2014), 3-5 September 2014, Manchester, United Kingdom

(CFP) Global Food Global Justice, @ 3-6 September, 2014, Glasgow. 400 word abstracts to by 1 feb.

(CFP) Reflections on moral sentiments within the anthropology of development, @ASA14: Anthropology and Enlightenment, Edinburgh, 19th-22nd June 2014

(CFP) Unnatural Futures Conference, 3 & 4 July, 2014, University of Tasmania


12) Publications

Rachel A. Ankeny and Sabina Leonelli Valuing Data in Postgenomic Biology: How Data Donation and Curation Practices Challenge the Scientific Publication System, in Stevens and Richardson (eds.) PostGenomics. Duke University Press.

Terry Marsden and Adrian Morley, (eds) Sustainable Food Systems: Building a New Paradigm. Routledge.

HORIZON 2020 in brief. The EU Framework Programme for Research & Innovation

UK-IPO Estimating UK investment in intangible assets and Intellectual Property Rights


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