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Breaching the Great Wall: Major Pharma Changes Proposed in China

With a revision of China’s basic drug approval law now underway, a multinational team of experts is proposing major changes to make the country a world class player in innovation. Dr. Wang Chenguang, Dean of Tsinghua Law School Behind the vaulting growth statistics that make China the centerfold in Big Pharma’s global playbook is a […]
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FTC v. Actavis: Supreme Court Decision—The Rule of “No” Reason

by Traci Medford-Rosow and Peter Richardson On June 17, 2013 the Supreme Court decided FTC v. Actavis by a 5-3 vote. Justice Breyer delivered the majority opinion with Justices Kennedy, Ginsburg, Sotomayor and Kagan concurring. Chief Justice Roberts filed the dissenting opinion in which Justices Scalia and Thomas joined. For unstated reasons, Justice Alito took […]
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Myriad Decision: Praise and Perils for Biotechnology Patent Policy

The Supreme Court decision blocking patents on naturally-occurring genes has generated predictions of doom for biotech innovation, along with expectations of more healthy competition in discovering new treatments and diagnostics. Although some commentators regarded the decision, Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, as a “major reversal” in longstanding patent policy, many leaders of the […]
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Medicines Patent Pool: Industry's Toe Still in the Water

At a time when Big Pharma is struggling with new business models geared to the demands of a changing marketplace, the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) is offering a way forward through voluntary licensing and patent deals that it insists will deliver what the drug majors say they want: more innovation; better market access; and the […]
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First 'Real' European Patent Imminent

It’s exciting times for patents in Europe. Not everyone’s excitement is pleasurable, but there’s certainly plenty going on, writes Reflector, Pharm Exec‘s EU correspondent. Much of the excitement is linked to the imminent advent of Europe’s first real European patent. After decades of failed attempts, by the beginning of 2014 the European Union will finally […]
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