BIO Supports Patent Reform Act of 2011: Press Release

BIO Supports Patent Reform Act of 2011

Bipartisan, consensus-oriented approach will strengthen nation’s patent system

 

Washington, D.C. (January 28, 2011) – Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) President and CEO Jim Greenwood released the following comment on the introduction of the Patent Reform Act of 2011 (S. 23) by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) earlier this week:

“BIO appreciates the dedication of Chairman Leahy, Ranking Member Charles Grassley (R-IA) and the bill’s other cosponsors for their tireless efforts over the past several years to carefully craft bipartisan, consensus-oriented patent reform legislation.

“We believe the Patent Reform Act of 2011 will help strengthen and improve our nation’s patent system for all users while preserving the incentives necessary to spur the creation of high-wage, high-value jobs and sustain America’s global leadership in innovation.

“Innovation in biotechnology is based upon the strong and predictable protection of intellectual property provided by our nation’s patent system. Without strong and predictable patent protection, investors would shy away from investing hundreds of millions of dollars, over a decade or more, in high-risk biotechnology companies, and will simply put their money into projects or products that are less risky or offer a more immediate return but are of less value to society.

“The Patent Reform Act of 2011 would improve the patent system in ways that would benefit all sectors of the U.S. economy by enhancing patent quality and the efficiency, objectivity, predictability, and transparency of the patent system.  BIO remains steadfast in our commitment to work with the Chairman and members of the House and Senate as this legislation advances to ensure that the final bill remains true to these principles.”

About BIO

BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. BIO also produces the BIO International Convention, the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the world. BIO produces BIOtech Now, an online portal and monthly newsletter chronicling “innovations transforming our world.” Subscribe to BIOtech Now.

Upcoming BIO Events

BIO CEO & Investor Conference
February 14-15, 2011
New York, NY

BIO-Europe Spring 2011
March 14-16, 2011
Milan, Italy

BIO Intellectual Property Counsels Committee Spring Conference and Committee Meeting
April 13-15, 2011
Seattle, WA

World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioprocessing
May 8-11
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

BIO International Convention
June 27-30, 2011
Washington, DC

2011 BIO Human Resources Conference
June 26-28, 2011
Washington, DC

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One Response

  1. […] After all, the Patent Reform Act of 2011, a bipartisan bill that compromises on some provisions in previous proposals, is the first such bill to make it out of the Senate. What happens next is up to the full House, but in any case, it seems clearer than ever that the country’s top legislators are hell-bent on pushing through changes to America’s intellectual property rules, many of which will have widespread affects on the pharmaceutical industry. (Read PhRMA and BIO’s support of the Senate bill here and here.) […]

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