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The Ins and Outs of Insolvency

Jeremy Grushcow at The Cross-Border Biotech Blog breaks down how the recent amendments to Canada’s insolvency legislation pertain to intellectual property licenses. He writes that unlike in the U.S., where Section 365 (n) of the bankruptcy code protects licensees in the event that that licensor becomes insolvent, Canadian law has not offered such protection in the past. This has historically forced licensors to establish IP holding companies as separate, bankruptcy-remote structures. Gruschow writes that under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act or Bankrupty and Insolvency Act proposals, “even if an intellectual property license has been successfully disclaimed by an insolvent licensor, the licensee’s right to use, or its ability to enforce a right of exclusive use of, the licensed intellectual property is not affected for the duration of the license agreement (which includes any rights of renewal).” He also offers some cautionary notes regarding the amendments’ terminology.

The Scan

LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

Researchers report in Science Translational Medicine that the accumulation of LINE-1 RNA contributes to premature aging conditions and that symptoms can be improved by targeting them.

Team Presents Cattle Genotype-Tissue Expression Atlas

Using RNA sequences representing thousands of cattle samples, researchers looked at relationships between cattle genotype and tissue expression in Nature Genetics.

Researchers Map Recombination in Khoe-San Population

With whole-genome sequences for dozens of individuals from the Nama population, researchers saw in Genome Biology fine-scale recombination patterns that clustered outside of other populations.

Myotonic Dystrophy Repeat Detected in Family Genome Sequencing Analysis

While sequencing individuals from a multi-generation family, researchers identified a myotonic dystrophy type 2-related short tandem repeat in the European Journal of Human Genetics.