BIO’s IP Priorities for 2011

As we start a new year, the BIO Intellectual Property Department has determined their 2011 priorities.  Intellectual Property remains a foundational priority for BIO and our 1100 biotechnology company members.

BIO’s IP department has approved the following priorities for 2011:

1) PTO reforms to improve efficient, timely and quality examination

2) Congressional patent reform legislation

3) Improving IP protection in key foreign markets

4) IP legal developments in the courts

5) Protecting the breadth and flexibility of the patent and technology transfer system.

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USPTO Economic Research Agenda

The USPTO has a new Office of the Chief Economist and they have recently published their research agenda.

USPTO Economic Research Agenda

The OCE is embarking upon an aggressive economic research program to provide evidence on a range of matters relevant to policymaking and the effect of IP on economic outcomes more generally.  These include:

(1) Relating IP to economic growth, performance and employment, including:             

            (a)  IP and entrepreneurship                                 

            (b)  IP and wider economy-wide growth.                              

(2) IP in de facto standards, standard setting, and standards policy.

(3) Researching the economics of trademarks and trademark examination.

(4) Understanding the economics of USPTO initiatives, including initiatives to reduce application backlogs, by better understanding their costs, benefits, and effects.

(5) Analyzing the role that IP plays in the markets for technology and knowledge 

Report on a conference discussing the “Research Agenda”  at the University of California (09/10/2010)

For more specifics from the PTO website click here.