News & Opinion
AN INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE
September 2022, Issue 2
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Brush Up Summaries
Research Products Blog
Words for Nerds
Week in Review: August 29–September 2
Jef Akst | Sep 2, 2016
Roger Tsien dies; the CRISPR patent dispute you’ve never heard of; immunotherapy for Alzheimer’s; Tasmanian devils developing resistance to transmissible cancer
Do Patents Promote or Stall Innovation?
Catherine Offord | Jun 1, 2016
A petition recently filed with the Supreme Court triggers renewed debate about the role of patents in the diagnostics sector.
“Heroes of CRISPR” Disputed
Tracy Vence | Jan 19, 2016
Critics have harsh words for the Broad Institute’s Eric Lander and
over a recent perspective piece describing the history of CRISPR.
Opinion: Translation Nation
Kathleen Marsman and Lisa McKerracher | Nov 18, 2015
What’s in store for commercialization grants at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research?
Picks: January 29, 2014
Tracy Vence | Jan 29, 2015
Celebrating lab techs; Myriad settles suits; publish in top-tier journals or perish
Keeping Up with IP
Kate Yandell | Sep 1, 2014
It’s never too early to start thinking about intellectual property rights—even for biologists doing basic research.
Yet Another Lawsuit over Genetic Tests
Tracy Vence | Jun 17, 2014
Myriad Genetics, the company originally behind tests for the cancer-associated BRCA mutations, is suing another competitor for patent infringement.
Week in Review: August 19–23
Tracy Vence | Aug 23, 2013
The importance of smORFs; America Invents Act and innovation in biotech; birds adjust their behavior to avoid cars; in defense of fundamental science
Opinion: AIA Does Not Discriminate
G. Nagesh Rao | Aug 21, 2013
The America Invents Act (AIA) was a step in the right direction for US competitiveness and open innovation.
Medicines for the World
Suerie Moon and Ellen â??t Hoen and Suerie Moon and Ellen â??t Hoen | Oct 1, 2012
A global R&D treaty could boost innovation and improve the health of the world’s poor—and rich.
IP Lawsuits Settled
Jef Akst | Sep 5, 2012
Two lawsuits against prominent researcher Craig Thompson for allegedly failing to share intellectual property with his institution lead to a licensing agreement on cancer diagnostics.
Opinion: On the Gene Patent Debate
Courtenay C. Brinckerhoff | Mar 7, 2012
Two key patent cases that no doubt will impact the future of personalized medicine are pending review by the US Supreme Court. What will the Court decide?
Jef Akst | Feb 1, 2012
How to successfully surmount the challenges women face in becoming biotech industry leaders
Gene Patents Upheld
Jef Akst | Jul 29, 2011
A US federal appeals court says human genes are patentable.
Opinion: Food Security Needs Sound IP
Howard D. Grimes, Jane Payumo, and Keith Jones | Jul 20, 2011
To meet the agricultural demands of the growing population, appropriate technology transfer incentives are a must.
Opinion: IP problems for personal med
Jennifer Gordon, Steve Lendaris and Anna Volftsun | Jun 14, 2011
Legal battles over gene patents and uncooperative patent holders threaten the widespread implementation of personalized medicine.