• According to WTO rules, countries must either accept the WTO's stringent patent-protection regime for plant and animal products or set up their own systems for protection.


  • EU's 20 official languages. (The cost of translation makes getting a patent in Europe far more expensive than in, say, America.) This would have created broad patent-protection and cut costs for inventors.

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  • So fluid are their markets, and so weak the historical patent-protection in them, that bosses often prefer to keep things in the dark and come up with the next innovation as necessary to stay ahead of the competition.

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  • Under U.S. law, the clock on patent protection--20 years--starts ticking at a drug's invention.

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  • Even if that never happens, Sanofi's cancer drugs eventually are going to lose patent protection--although that could take almost a decade.

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  • Patent protection--which keeps anyone from selling cheaper versions of easy-to-make pills--is the main reason branded prescription drugs are the most profitable product on the planet.

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  • Three once lucrative cholesterol-cutters have already lost patent protection ( Merck (nyse: MRK - news - people )'s Mevacor and Zocor, and Bristol-Myers Squibb (nyse: BMY - news - people )'s Pravachol).

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  • Three once lucrative cholesterol-cutters have already lost patent protection (Merck's Mevacor and Zocor, and Bristol-Myers Squibb's Pravachol).

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  • They found that the patent was more valuable than it initially appeared, because it would allow the biotechnology giant patent protection after its co-marketing deal with partner Pfizer ends.

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  • The trial goes to the heart of the escalating controversy over how much patent protection pricey brand-name drugs should get.

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  • There are bills pending to open up insurance to foreign competition and confer patent protection on foreign-invented pharmaceuticals, both of which are reviled by the left.

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  • This is the day that Zocor, the second-best selling drug in the country, loses patent protection, opening the way for cheaper generic versions--potentially saving consumers and health plans billions while cutting into sales for drugmaker Merck and rivals like Pfizer and AstraZeneca.

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  • Merck and Bristol-Myers Squibb lose patent protection on Zocor and Pravachol next year, removing any incentive.

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  • Lilly loses patent protection on its top-seller, the schizophrenia drug Zyprexa, in 2011.

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  • Lilly is staggering after the earlier-than-expected loss of patent protection on the antidepressant.

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  • Trolls argue that just because they choose not to make or sell products, they should not have less protection than active patent-holders.

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  • Such a medicine might clear plaque from the arteries and help extend the Lipitor franchise past 2011, when the big-selling drug loses patent protection.


  • Cholesterol-drug Zocor loses patent protection next year, and the painkiller Vioxx was withdrawn in September because it increased the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

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  • The stated purpose of this bill is to "streamline" the process whereby inventors - the engine behind American entrepreneurialism and economic vitality - can be given patent protection for their products.

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  • Compared to the past few years, there will simply not be as many big-selling brand-name medicines losing patent protection, which means generic drugmakers cannot simply jumpstart growth by acquiring another generic drugmaker.

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  • By June, it will lose patent protection on four drugs--Vasotec and Prinivil for hypertension, Mevacor for high cholesterol and Prilosec, which it shares with AstraZeneca (nyse: AZN - news - people), for ulcers.

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  • Worse, the company's chief asset--its nifty software--still has no patent or trademark protection (see radar graph).

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  • American Locker apparently has no patent protection for its meal ticket -- the virtually indestructible plastic postal cluster boxes for housing developments and apartments.

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  • America finally gave enough ground for an agreement that should enable poor countries to override patent protection on drugs when public-health needs justify it.

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  • The drug giant is facing thousands of personal injury lawsuits related to its withdrawn pain pill Vioxx, and its cholesterol-lowering drug Zocor lost patent protection this summer, allowing cheap generics to eat away at its sales.

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  • That's not enough to make up for the hit coming in 2006, when Merck's top seller, the cholesterol-lowering pill Zocor, loses patent protection.

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  • "It is the biggest setback for multinational pharma companies, which have been denied patent protection for a series of life-saving drugs in recent years, " the newspaper said.

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  • To make matters worse for New York-based Pfizer (nyse: PFE - news - people ), the globe's largest drug maker, Zocor maker Merck (nyse: MRK - news - people ) will lose patent protection on the active ingredient in that pill next year, causing Zocor's price to plunge as it becomes a cheap generic.

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  • Moreover, its best-selling anti-allergy drug, Claritin, lost patent protection last year and the firm's various strategies to maintain market share have yet to show results.

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  • That leads to another potential upside for Merck: It could switch patients from Zocor to a Zocor-Zetia combination pill before Zocor loses patent protection in 2006.

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