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November 09, 2007


Congratulations to the best bio-patent blog. Keep up the great work! Special kudos to Kevin Noonan for his sensible, thoughtful insights.

One suggestion (which I think is already beginning to be taken up here): I'd like to see a more international perspective. The USA tends to be rather insular which is not surprising given its premier market value. However, as is abundantly clear these days, its patent system is hardly free from flaws, possibly arising from its unique features. For example, I am not aware of continuations being available anywhere outside the US other than divisionals, and usually those are intended for distinct inventions under the PCT-style unity concept. (On the other hand, may be divisionals are used in practice as a type of continuation in other jurisdictions? In Canada, that would not be feasible because of double patenting, but may be in Australia?).

Perhaps you could have a guest blogger to offer a non-US perspective?

Thanks for running this blog. It provides a real service to the profession. I have signed on only recently, and find the information and insight helpful even though I am not a biotech practitioner and do not handle much pharma work either.

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