What does the “London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases” reveal about research and development efforts into neglected and tropical diseases?

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Earlier this week the Gates Foundation, USAID, DfID, the WHO, DNDi, the Governments of Mozambique, Tanzania, Brazil and a host of multinational biopharmaceutical manufacturers including GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Eisai, Johnson & Johnson, Sanofi, Novartis, Bayer and Abbott, committed to eradicate and control a number of neglected and tropical diseases (NTDs).

This brief will examine the declaration, the pledges made and the methods to be used. For more details click here

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Growing the global solar sector – Will investors take a short-term or holistic perspective?

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Earlier this month, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) released figures showing that overall global investment in clean energy reached record highs in 2011, with investment in solar technologies by far the highest. Yet at the same time, 2011 saw a drop in spending on clean energy R&D, and further reductions are expected. Given the increasing dominance of the solar sector, what does this mean for countries, particularly emerging economies, seeking to incorporate solar and other clean energy sources into their ...

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R&D Tax Credits – Economic Rationale and Impact

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The use of R&D tax credits is a growing area of interest for governments and policymakers around the world seeking to stimulate economic activity and innovation. What is the economic rationale behind the R&D tax credit? What do current tax credits look like within the OECD and G20? And do these tax credits stimulate and attract more R&D investment?

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Microsoft vs. China – who will have the upper hand?

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This week saw Microsoft in an unprecedented move launch a number of lawsuits alleging intellectual property infringement against Chinese retailers including electrics and PC giants Shanghai Gome and Buynow.

With the growth of the Chinese PC market – which overtook the American last year as the world’s biggest – Microsoft is clearly worried about the persistent high levels of software piracy in China which, according to the Business Software Alliance, is still close to 80%.

In a bigger picture, the Microsoft lawsuits ...

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Trends for Innovation, Technology Transfer and Pharmaceutical Market Access 2012

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With the passing of 2011 and the ringing in of a New Year, we thought it apt to highlight some of the issues we expect to be at the forefront of 2012. Below we have compiled a list of what we think will happen in the upcoming year with regards to the global economy and the world of innovation, intellectual property, technology transfer, and market access.

General Economic and Business Outlook

–         The European debt crisis will continue to hang ...

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A mobile patent rat race will end up with no winners

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In the context of the smartphone patent war, does Apple’s courtroom win over HTC really have much bite?

The International Trade Commission found HTC guilty of infringing one of Apple’s patents on a user-interface feature, and HTC will have to stop selling it in the US beginning April 19, 2012. But the ruling affects only one out of the 10 patents which Apple originally claimed were being infringed. And HTC will merely have to design around that one feature to be able to ...

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Survey Results: The collapse of the euro and pharmaceutical reference pricing – a challenge or opportunity?

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Last week we posed the question of what consequences a possible collapse of the euro would have on pharmaceutical pricing policies. We asked a number of leading experts and pharmaceutical insiders how the replacement of the euro with national currencies would affect pharmaceutical pricing in Europe.

Today we publish the results of this survey. As you can see from the below graph a clear majority of survey respondents thought that the replacement of the euro with national currencies would increase the ...

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Bridging the gap?

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The European Patent Office and China’s State Intellectual Property Office have agreed to ensure that the public has access to automatic Chinese-English translation tools for patents. They have pledged to make this free, online service available by next year.

With many of 2010’s 1.8 million patent fillings stemming from China and Europe, this move will no doubt facilitate the ability to follow technical developments and share know-how on a global scale.

But will this actually mean greater, high value transfer of technology ...

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A happy marriage?

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China is the lead exporter of solar panels, and the US the leading supplier of the prime ingredient polysilicon – should be a happy marriage, right?

It could be if governments would step away and let sectors with competitive advantages be truly competitive. Instead, the US Commerce Department is claiming the Chinese government subsidises the export of its solar panels and China of course points to the failure of US-backed solar panel manufacturer Solyndra. Now the Chinese industry may retaliate with its ...

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