Archive for patents

Patents, Not Just Politics, Create Obstacles to University Stem-Cell Research

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 24 January 2011 by Steve

“For the past several years, scientists who see limitless medical benefits from stem-cell research have battled through hard limits to their ability to pursue their work. The problem is not just the political debate on whether such research is ethical …” (more)

[Paul Basken, Chronicle of Higher Education, 24 January]


Lessons from Bayh–Dole

Posted in Legal issues, research with tags , , on 14 December 2010 by Steve

“Developing countries wanting to boost commercialization of their academic research should learn from the mistakes of US patenting legislation …” (more)

[Bhaven N Sampat, Nature, 9 December]

Supreme Court To Decide University Patent Case

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 1 November 2010 by Steve

“The Supreme Court will decide whether patents on inventions that arise from federally-funded research must go to the university where the inventor worked …” (more)

[Huffington Post, 1 November]

Has the US government abandoned gene patents?

Posted in Legal issues, research with tags , on 1 November 2010 by Steve

“In an unexpected move certain to make queasy biotechnology executives reach for their Pepto Bismol, the United States government issued a brief last Friday that strongly argues against gene patents …” (more)

[Heidi Ledford, The Great Beyond, 1 November]

EU patent plan could boost research

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 24 October 2010 by Steve

“The EU presidency is seeking to resolve the sensitive question of what languages should be used to write European patents, which could have a knock-on effect of encouraging more research innovation in European universities …” (more)

[Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News, 24 October]

Gray litigation against UWA unnecessary, court rules

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 22 June 2010 by Steve

“Litigation that destroyed the assumption of universities that they automatically owned the inventions of their academics need never have happened, a Federal Court judge has ruled. The University of Western Australia has been saddled with millions of dollars in costs after it spent five years unsuccessfully pursuing former surgery professor and inventor Bruce Gray to the highest court in the land …” (more)

[Bernard Lane, The Australian, 23 June]

Irish patents fall below EU average

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 9 May 2010 by Steve

“The number of patents granted to Irish companies and researchers increased by 18 per cent last year, but Ireland still lags well behind the European average for patents. The European Patent Office (EPO) granted 145 patents to Ireland last year, up from 122 for 2008 …” (more)

[Ian Kehoe, Sunday Business Post, 9 May]