Archive for June, 2013

A clinical trial doesn’t mean public availability

DEY, L.P., DEY, INC., AND MYLAN, INC. v. SUNOVION PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. Fed Circ. 2012-1428 By allowing publicly accessible prior uses to block a later-filed patent,  the law prevents assigning a monopoly to “inventions that the public reasonably...

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U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Human Gene Patents

Held : A naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature and not patent eligible merely because it has been isolated, but cDNA is patent eligible because it is not naturally occurring. Myriad supreme...

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Restoring the integrity of the clinical trial evidence base by forcing publication

Restoring the integrity of the clinical trial evidence base BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f3601 (Published 13 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3601 “Public confidence in the credibility of medical research is at a low ebb.1 2 3 4Many completed clinical trials have...

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Restoring invisible and abandoned trials: a call for people to publish the findings

Restoring invisible and abandoned trials: a call for people to publish the findings BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f2865 (Published 13 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2865 “Unpublished and misreported studies make it difficult to determine the true value of...

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More mindcontrol experiments

Using transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) of the prefrontal cortex, V S Chib1,2,5, K Yun1,2,5, H Takahashi3,4 and S Shimojo1,2 were able to remotely activate the interconnected midbrain and cause increases in participants’ appraisals of facial attractiveness. If you got...

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DOE proposed Export Control Acquisition regulations

: The Department of Energy (DOE) is proposing to amend the Department of Energy Acquisition Regulation (DEAR) to add export control requirements applicable to the performance of DOE contracts.  Written comments on this proposed...

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“Other Transactions” — not a contract or a grant but and “other”

United States: Other Transactional Authority: A Nontraditional Tool For Partnering With The Federal Government Last Updated: June 6 2013 Article by Bradley D. Wine and Tina D. Reynolds Morrison & Foerster LLP http://www.mofo.com/files/Uploads/Images/130529-Transactional-Authority.pdf Apparently first use in...

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Fair Credit Reporting Case

“Defendant credit reporting agency cannot escape liability for a “willful,” or “objectively unreasonable” violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act for its failure to identify one of three sources of information for its erroneous...

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Scam luring Virginia businesses into paying to file bogus government report S

“A scam operation is using official-looking papers to lure central Virginia businesses into paying it to file a bogus report with the State Corporation Commission. Scores of Virginia companies have reported receiving unsolicited mailings...

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FEGLI preempts Virginia Law

HILLMAN v. MARETTA US Supreme Court “The Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance Act of1954 (FEGLIA), 5 U. S. C. §8701 et seq., establishes a life insurance program for federal employees. FEGLIA provides that an employee...

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