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Find top-performing patent attorneysI am seeking input on a new project which helps you identify top-performing patent attorneys.

PatentStat.com uses cutting-edge research on patent strength to identify top-performing patent attorneys and patent firms in 35 technology areas. Attorneys are scored by their average grant time, the number of claims allowed, citations, and other factors.

As an added bonus, PatentStat also profiles patent examiners, creating a tool for patent counsel to better understand their examiner. Average grant times and other metrics for each examiner are posted, helping inform time and financial budgeting decisions.

I invite you to check out the site in development at http://www.PatentStat.com and I look forward to your comments.

 

I continue to measure global biotechnology innovation in the sixth edition of Scientific American Worldview. This special publication is the foundation I use for my talks on global biotechnology (see my recent talk on Building Biotechnology in India).

I will be serving on a panel on June 26th at 12:45-1:45 in Room 3, and David Brancaccio, host of Marketplace Morning Report will be moderating a discussion with industry leaders at 2pm.

In addition to the comparative global biotechnology innovation scorecard which I edit, Worldview also includes subjective stories of global innovation, highlights of selected countries, and profiles of industry leaders.

I look forward to your comments and critiques — check out Scientific American Worldview at http://www.saworldview.com

Drug Patent Expirations for June 2014

TradenameApplicantGeneric NamePatent NumberPatent Expiration
BETOPTIC PILOAlconbetaxolol hydrochloride; pilocarpine hydrochloride5,635,172Jun 3, 2014
LOCOID LIPOCREAMPrecision Dermathydrocortisone butyrate5,635,497Jun 3, 2014
ATACAND HCTAstrazenecacandesartan cilexetil; hydrochlorothiazide5,958,961Jun 6, 2014
NEVANACAlcon Pharms Ltdnepafenac5,475,034Jun 6, 2014
ILEVROAlcon Res Ltdnepafenac5,475,034Jun 6, 2014
EDARBIArbor Pharms Irelandazilsartan kamedoxomil5,958,961Jun 6, 2014
TAZORACAllergantazarotene6,258,830Jun 7, 2014
TAZORACAllergantazarotene5,914,334Jun 7, 2014
ACTONEL WITH CALCIUM (COPACKAGED)Warner Chilcottcalcium carbonate; risedronate sodium5,583,122*PEDJun 10, 2014
NAPRELANAlmatica Pharma Incnaproxen sodium5,637,320Jun 10, 2014
FROVAEndo Pharmsfrovatriptan succinate5,637,611Jun 10, 2014
ACTONELWarner Chilcott Llcrisedronate sodium5,583,122*PEDJun 10, 2014
ATELVIAWarner Chilcott Llcrisedronate sodium5,583,122*PEDJun 10, 2014
XELODAHoffmann La Rochecapecitabine5,472,949*PEDJun 14, 2014
HUMALOG MIX 50/50 KWIKPENLillyinsulin lispro protamine recombinant; insulin lispro recombinant5,461,031Jun 16, 2014
HUMALOG PENLillyinsulin lispro recombinant5,474,978Jun 16, 2014
HUMALOG MIX 50/50 KWIKPENLillyinsulin lispro protamine recombinant; insulin lispro recombinant5,747,642Jun 16, 2014
HUMALOGLillyinsulin lispro recombinant5,474,978Jun 16, 2014
HUMALOG MIX 75/25Lillyinsulin lispro protamine recombinant; insulin lispro recombinant5,474,978Jun 16, 2014
HUMALOG MIX 50/50Lillyinsulin lispro protamine recombinant; insulin lispro recombinant5,461,031Jun 16, 2014
HUMALOG MIX 75/25 KWIKPENLillyinsulin lispro protamine recombinant; insulin lispro recombinant5,461,031Jun 16, 2014
HUMALOG MIX 50/50Lillyinsulin lispro protamine recombinant; insulin lispro recombinant5,747,642Jun 16, 2014
HUMALOG MIX 75/25 KWIKPENLillyinsulin lispro protamine recombinant; insulin lispro recombinant5,747,642Jun 16, 2014
HUMALOG MIX 50/50 KWIKPENLillyinsulin lispro protamine recombinant; insulin lispro recombinant5,474,978Jun 16, 2014
HUMALOG MIX 75/25Lillyinsulin lispro protamine recombinant; insulin lispro recombinant5,461,031Jun 16, 2014
HUMALOG KWIKPENLillyinsulin lispro recombinant5,474,978Jun 16, 2014
HUMALOG MIX 75/25Lillyinsulin lispro protamine recombinant; insulin lispro recombinant5,747,642Jun 16, 2014
HUMALOG MIX 50/50Lillyinsulin lispro protamine recombinant; insulin lispro recombinant5,474,978Jun 16, 2014
HUMALOG MIX 75/25 KWIKPENLillyinsulin lispro protamine recombinant; insulin lispro recombinant5,474,978Jun 16, 2014
SOLARAZEFougera Pharmsdiclofenac sodium5,639,738Jun 17, 2014
SOLARAZEFougera Pharmsdiclofenac sodium5,929,048Jun 17, 2014
IMAGENTImcor Pharms Codimyristoyl lecithin; perflexane5,639,443Jun 17, 2014
SOLARAZEFougera Pharmsdiclofenac sodium5,852,002Jun 17, 2014
MARQIBO KITTalon Therapvincristine sulfate5,741,516Jun 20, 2014
MARQIBO KITTalon Therapvincristine sulfate5,814,335Jun 20, 2014
MARQIBO KITTalon Therapvincristine sulfate5,543,152Jun 20, 2014
ZEMPLARAbbvieparicalcitol5,587,497*PEDJun 24, 2014
YAZBayer Hlthcaredrospirenone; ethinyl estradiolRE37838Jun 30, 2014
BEYAZBayer Hlthcaredrospirenone; ethinyl estradiol; levomefolate calciumRE37564Jun 30, 2014
YAZBayer Hlthcaredrospirenone; ethinyl estradiolRE38253Jun 30, 2014
BEYAZBayer Hlthcaredrospirenone; ethinyl estradiol; levomefolate calciumRE37838Jun 30, 2014
ACOVAPfizerargatroban5,214,052Jun 30, 2014
YAZBayer Hlthcaredrospirenone; ethinyl estradiolRE43916Jun 30, 2014
BEYAZBayer Hlthcaredrospirenone; ethinyl estradiol; levomefolate calciumRE43916Jun 30, 2014
YAZBayer Hlthcaredrospirenone; ethinyl estradiolRE37564Jun 30, 2014
BEYAZBayer Hlthcaredrospirenone; ethinyl estradiol; levomefolate calciumRE38253Jun 30, 2014
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Asian biotechnology innovation

Asian biotechnology innovation

My paper on global biopharmaceutical productivity has been published in the latest issue of Nature Biotechnology.

This paper is a refinement of my work ranking international biotechnology for Scientific American Worldview, and draws on the DrugPatentWatch database.

In this paper I investigate the locations of drug inventors, as measured by patents covering marketed drugs. The result, which may surprise many readers, is that the bulk of the innovation still occurs in the legacy pharma regions — Western Europe, the United States, and Japan.

I have many thoughts on why larger Asian countries like India, South Korea, and China demonstrate little innovation in biopharmaceuticals (and I’ve expressed these views at length in my talks, and here and here), and I have also published prescriptions for smaller nations.

Given the poor output of patents covering marketed drugs from countries such as China, one must ask whether vigorous pro-patenting policies (China leads the world in patent applications — but not in grants) are appropriate. Additionally, one must ask if Western metrics for innovation should be applied to other contexts.

To access the full paper (paywall), see http://www.nature.com/nbt/journal/v32/n6/full/nbt.2933.html

For more information on the DrugPatentWatch database, see http://www.DrugPatentWatch.com

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ABSTRACT: The European Commission has launched a public consultation on its proposed amendments to the Medical Devices Directive (MDD) (Dir 93/42/EEC). The aim of the European Commission's proposals is to improve the coherence, transparency and effectiveness of the legislation governing medical devices in line with the recommendations of the report produced in 2002 by the European Commission's Medical Device Experts Group...

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Susan Kling FinstonThis is a guest post from Susan K Finston, President of Finston Consulting. Do you have a response to Susan’s post? Respond in the comments section below.

India’s recent election has brought a decisive majority to the right-of-center BJP Party, carrying BJP leader Narendra Modi to the Prime Minister’s office. What will the decisive BJP Victory mean for the future of innovative life sciences in India? Will Prime Minister Modi re-invigorate commercial biotechnology in Delhi?

The State of Gujarat has long been a been a manufacturing and export powerhouse for generic pharmaceuticals, where “Gujarat contributes nearly 28 per cent to national pharmaceutical exports.” In contrast to the broader challenges facing bio-pharma growth in India, Gujarat has continued as a bright spot for pharmaceutical exports, enjoying double-digit growth over the last fiscal year. Long recognized as a manufacturing powerhouse, Gujarat has captured an outsize share – now exceeding 40% of India’s total generics turnover. 

During his 12-year tenure as Chief Minister of the State of Gujarat, Minister Modi identified the innovative life sciences as having great development potential, having seen the benefits to India’s southern states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh from the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) revolution. Then-Chief Minister Modi set out to to attract highly innovative life sciences companies to the State through seed funding programs as well as promotion of the sector at Vibrant Gujarat – a bi-annual pan-industrial congress attracting industry leaders from across India and abroad.

Established under the jurisdiction of the Gujarat State Biotechnology Mission (GSBTM) and administered by the Gujarat Venture Fund Limited (GVFL), the Gujarat Biotech Venture Fund (GBVF) provides seed funding to innovative companies registered in Gujarat. (Full disclosure: my biotech start-up, Amrita Therapeutics Public Limited, received initial seed funding under the GBVF that enabled the company to initiate R&D at the depths of the global economic crisis in early 2009.) I met Minister Modi at the 2009 Vibrant Gujarat  in Gandhinagar, and witnessed first hand the intensive efforts underway to support growth of Gujarat’s innovative biotech sector.

Now Prime Minister-elect Modi has the opportunity to ‘green light’ incentives to encourage home-grown biotech start-ups across the country, including:

  • Investment Tax Credits to encourage investment by VCs and Angel Investors in ‘high risk, high reward’ biotech discovery companies that require a substantial commitment of funds for a decade or more before commercial launch
  • Expansion of current Department of Biotechnology (DBT) industry partnership programs, with an orientation to support for cutting-edge, biotech ventures vs. established pharma manufacturers
  • Focus on regulatory excellence: Indian industry – and Indian’s own citizens – can only thrive in an environment with unquestionable Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Good Clinical Practices (GCP)
  • Collaborate closely with the International Conference on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH) to ensure that Indian clinical trials fully meet international standards and that Indian patients gain access to clinical research for indigenous innovative therapies and cures for cancer and other high priority public health threats

Beyond increasing access to early capital, the Indian Government also could do more specifically to promote innovative oncology research to address the growing public health threat of colorectal and other cancers for Indian nationals. In the U.S. and in India alike, biotechnology companies historically take root and multiply in clusters in close proximity with other biotech companies, research institutes, and incubation facilities that provide access to wet-labs and high-cost, sensitive equipment and other supplies — Establishment of focused research clusters for oncology R&D would bring long-term benefits.

The Indian electorate voted decisively for change and economic reforms to encourage the assimilation of new technologies for broader social and economic benefits. Time will tell whether Prime Minister-elect Modi will again focus efforts on biotechnology – beyond Gujarat’s borders – for the benefit of India and the world.

About the author:
President of Finston Consulting LLC since 2005, Susan works with innovative biotechnology and other clients ranging from start-up to Fortune-100, providing support for legal, transactional, policy and “doing business” issues. Susan has extensive background and special expertise relating to intellectual property and knowledge-economy issues in advanced developing countries including India and South Asia, Latin America and the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region. She also works with governments, and NGOs on capacity building and related educational programs through BayhDole25. Together with biotechnology pioneer Ananda Chakrabarty, she also is co-founder of Amrita Therapeutics Ltd., an emerging biopharmaceutical company based in India with cancer peptide drugs entering in vivo research. Previous experience includes 11 years in the U.S Foreign Service with overseas tours in London, Tel Aviv, and Manila and at the Department of State in Washington DC. For more information on latest presentations and publications please visit finstonconsulting.com.

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