Earlier this summer, the California Healthcare Institute and the Biotechnology Industry Organization each released white papers addressing the current patent law landscape and its potential impact on the biomedical industry and academic technology transfer.

Taken together, the papers underscore the growing apprehension from these sectors regarding recent proposed patent reform legislation and patent-related Supreme Court decisions in the US — as well as concerns that faster-moving industries such as information technology may be influencing patent reform too much.

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