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To offer some fresh ideas for life science, we’ll tweak the laws to spur research, trim patents, and focus on safety and efficacy.
Becoming ‘Boutique’ Much of the attention paid to patent reform this year will focus on the broad legislative effort to overhaul the patent system. But Congress is also considering several bills that specifically target the life sciences sector. And they aptly embody the current debate over the patent system, which can be summed up as “patents are good, except when they’re not.” by John P. IsacsonNew Risks, New Plan The effects of new government regulation will filter down through the process of selecting drug candidates, the scope and type of clinical studies, and the market value of products and companies. Pharmaceutical companies must respond by improving their own risk management strategies. by Stephen Paul Mahinka and Kathleen M. SanzoAn Obvious Surprise? This spring the Supreme Court aimed to expand the grounds on which obviousness can be demonstrated. Another decision this spring, from the nation’s second most important patent bench, is further roiling the water — especially for the life science arts. by John W. Ryan and Thomas M. Haas

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