Drug Price Debate: Can An Obscure Supreme Court Patent Case Lead To Lower Prescription Prices?

International Business Times

Could one solution to lower or control the price of prescription drugs in the United States lie in the hands of the Supreme Court justices? Quite possibly, argues an article published Friday on the life sciences site STAT News. The article discusses a case argued before the Supreme Court Monday that looks at the way patents are challenged, saying the case could "leave a big mark on medicine" and have "huge" consequences for the pharmaceutical industry. The thinking is the case could change the way patents are challenged and, for drug companies, loosen brand-name prescription drugs' protections from cheaper generic drugs. The article generated a buzz within the biosciences and healthcare worlds, but legal experts are doubtful that the case, Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Lee, would have a significant impact on the patents that are so vital to the prices affixed to brand-name prescription drugs -- even in the unlikely event that the justices rule in favor of the plaintiff.


U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on damages in Apple-Samsung patent case

Los Angeles Times

They had been recognizable hallmarks of smartphones for years: Rectangular bodies. But Apple Inc., which had patented the designs, took aim at rival Samsung Electronics Co. in 2011, accusing it of illegally copying the look in its phones. A federal jury in San Jose sided with Apple, stoking fears in Silicon Valley that a rarely feuded-over class of patents would become a minefield of legal troubles. Now, the Supreme Court could put those fears in check. The high court agreed Monday to hear part of Samsung's appeal in the long-running dispute with Apple.


United States Patent Application: 0160117863

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In a system for presenting augmented reality views of product instructions a method may include receiving a request from a client device, the request including image data. The method may further includes identifying an object in the image data and generating an augmented reality view of the identified object. The method may further include transmitting the augmented reality view to the client device.


United States Patent Application: 0160103833

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One of the methods includes providing a search result in response to receiving a search query. If one or more of biometric parameters of a user indicate likely negative engagement by the user with the first search result, an additional search result is obtained and provided in response to the search query.


YouTube Music Europe Payment Update 2016: Copyright Infringement Concerns May Prompt Bigger Pay Day For Artists

International Business Times

In the era of live streaming and free music via the internet, the music industry has continuously castigated video sharing sites like YouTube for not paying enough for the music content it provides. As a result, content and music creators alike are asking for the reform of European copyright law so that it complies with safe harbor conditions. Safe harbor regulations are defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General as "various payment and business practices that, although they potentially implicate the Federal anti-kickback statute, are not treated as offenses under the statute." More specifically, the requests are being made so that users on sharing services like YouTube can avoid possible copyright infringement. A potential directive could require that publishers and producers alike disclose to authors and music artists their profits from copyrighted work, the BBC reported on Wednesday.