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Five Key Aspects of a Patent Landscape


Five Key Aspects of a Patent Landscape

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For especially competitive technology fields, patent research can be used to shape the earliest stages of research and development. In pharmaceuticals, electronics and many other high-tech industries, a thorough understanding of the patented technologies that already are in play—or soon will be—is vital to a company’s business strategy and market position.

Validity of Human Gene Patents

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As researchers explore and exploit even the smallest particles of life – our genetic code – legal and ethical issues need to be dealt with. As the pharmaceutical industry seeks to learn more about the impact of our DNA and profit from it with the help of patent protection, as technology evolves, the ethical and […]

Protecting Incentives to Innovate while Addressing Healthcare Costs

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In a previous blog post, we reviewed key factors that drive the research, development, and pricing of prescription drugs. Drug research is extremely expensive and yields only about one successful medication for every 20 candidates in development. Those medications then have a limited period of patent protection in which to earn back the cost of that […]

Drug Companies Facing ‘Patent Cliff’

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Baseball players are sometimes used to illustrate the elusive nature of success. Players who maintain a batting average of .300 throughout their careers – meaning they failed to get a hit 70 percent of the time – often are named to the sport’s hall of fame. If the pharmaceutical industry enjoyed a similarly lofty rate […]