Images by B. Charnley

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

Vol. 7 March 2015

Contents:

1. International, regional and national Intellectual Property Office news

2. Patents on Stem Cells

3. Open Access and Data

4. Post-GMO

5. Plain-old-GMO

6. GMO Labelling

7. NGO news

8. Genetic testing and personalised medecine

9. Geographical Indicators

10. Publications & Podcasts

11. Events

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1) International, regional and national Intellectual Property Office news

European Patent Office Annual Report (26/02/2015), with analysis by country, sector etc., you can also see a round up of coverage here. (Although it misses one Polish response here)

Barbados Developing Intellectual Property Strategic Plan

Intellectual property: the view from Jamaica.

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2) Patents on Stem Cells

The Battle to Patent Human Stem Cells

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3) Open Access and Data

Retraction Watch, "PLOS ONE retracts breast cancer genetics paper after claim of misappropriated data"

New Archive: Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics, at the Wellcome Library

Figshare partners with Brill Publishing to support open data in the humanities

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4) Post-GMO

By ‘Editing’ Plant Genes, Companies Avoid Regulation

Status and market potential of transgenic biofortified crops

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5) Plain-Old GMO

Inside Monsanto, America's Third-Most-Hated Company

Over 60% of breads sold in the UK contain pesticide residues, tests show, Guardian

On Trial: Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa

IP fight over GMO mustard, plaintiff "alleged mischief by fire/explosive substance wth intent 2 destroy property"

Genetically modified food: Frankenfine, The Economist

Filipino Farmers Protest Government Research on GMO Rice

W.H.O. Report links Roundup ingredient to cancer Seralini: Roundup is toxic to the heart – new study (See also: is glyphosate new DDT? i.e. focal point for activism and regulatory change in the foodchain: http://sustainablepulse.com/2015/01/05/u-s-hospitals-expose-critically-ill-children-harmful-glyphosate-herbicides/#.VK5RUPmsWAX & http://www.hortweek.com/dutch-plan-glyphosate-reduction-not-ban/edibles/article/1306576)

Compromise blooms in European GMO crop debate, Nature

Brazil officials clash with Monsanto over soybeans seeds (again)

Hungary says NO to GMO

Belfer Center at Harvard says Let's Go

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6) GMO Labelling

Monsanto Sues Maui for Direct Democracy, Launches New PR Campaign

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7) NGO News

Bioversity International and Embrapa sign 5-year agreement to boost sustainable food systems

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8) Genetic Testing and Perosnalised medecine

‘Moonshot’ Personalized Medicine Will Let Us Down & letters responses

23andMe approved to sell personal genetic testing kits in the UK & comment in The Independent

Myriad loses appeal on cancer gene test patents Rebecca Trager @ Chemistry World

Playing bigpharma and beating bigpharma in the patent game

ACLU Comment on Myriad Genetics Settling Patent Lawsuits

Mary-Claire King’s Pioneering Gene Work, From Breast Cancer to Human Rights

John Liddicoat & Dianne Nicol: Gene patents may sound scary but soon they may no longer matter

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9) GI

GI status given to Warli tribes for their world famous art by Intellectual Property office at Chennai

Whose Crab Is It Anyway? Cooperative IP and securing a GI

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10) Publications and Podcasts

Charles Lawson & Berris Charnley (eds) "Intellectual Property and Genetically Modified Organisms A Convergence in Laws" (Ashgate 2015)

Shubha Ghosh, 2014. "Demarcating Nature After Myriad" IPBio-ACIPA Intellectual Property and the biosicences workshop (See also, on On Teva v. Sandoz and construction and review of patent claims; de novo or clear error? and Are South African Yellow Canaries a Question of Law or Fact?)

Matthew Rimmer, 2014. "Geopiracy: Patent Law, Climate Change, and Geoengineering", Chain reaction, 121, p.41

Q&A: Mark Lemley on the changing landscape for intellectual property law

Lateef Mtima, Intellectual Property, Entrepreneurship And Social Justice From Swords to Ploughshares (EE 2015)

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11) Events

14th April 2015. Cultivating Innovation: How (and How Not) to Think about Intellectual Property in Agriculture and Plant Science?. John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK.

22-24 April 2015. Being Modern: Science & Culture in the early C20th, Institute of Historical Research, London.

18-19 May 2015. ORCID-CASRAI Joint Conference, Universitat de Barcelona, Research Evaluation, with an emphasis on emerging practice in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

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