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News Story
3/13/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Legal battle not over, experts say Patent rights, belonging to a Wisconsin academic foundation, to grow human embryonic stem cells were affirmed, but narrowed, by a federal agency this week. The technology is seen by many as a key to treating such incurable diseases as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and multiple sclerosis. Control of the technology is...
News Story
3/12/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The federal government has upheld two more UW-Madison stem-cell patents, meaning all three patents under contention can stand. But expected appeals on one of the patents could linger for years. And the government review caused the university to narrow some patent claims and loosen its licensing policies, the patent challengers say. The Wisconsin...
News Story
3/12/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
MADISON, WI -- The United States Patent and Trademark Office officially upheld Tuesday the two remaining patents on stem cell technology held by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation that had been challenged by two watchdog groups. The decision came nearly two weeks after the patent office issued an initial decision upholding the first of the...
News Story
3/12/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
MADISON, WI -- The United States Patent and Trademark Office upheld the two remaining embryonic stem-cell patents in support of UW-Madison researcher James ThomsonTuesday that were challenged in April 2007. The patent office has now upheld three of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation's stem-cell patents within the past two weeks. Patents 780...
News Release
3/12/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Author Received $21,000 from Bill Benefactors SACRAMENTO, CA -- A consumer advocate will speak out against proposed legislation that would create a loophole in existing law which bars the sharing of private medical information without a patient's consent. The bill, SB 1096 (Calderon), does so by deeming what amounts to marketing material to be...
News Story
3/11/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Legislature is reduced to small measures as need for fundamental change grows California's quasi-public stem cell research agency is holding a rare meeting in Sacramento on Wednesday, and questions about its internal conflicts and finances remain as urgent as ever. Three months ago, the oversight board of this San Francisco-based institute was...
News Story
3/11/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
MADISON, WI -- In a major victory for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has upheld two more patents that cover embryonic stem cell research techniques discovered at the school. In rulings made public Tuesday, hearing examiners confirmed the patents covering UW-Madison scientist James Thomson's work on...
News Release
3/10/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Group Calls for Swift Action to Curb, Regulate Energy Speculators, 'Today's Enron Rogues' Santa Monica, CA -- Congress and President Bush must take joint action against the speculators who have driven oil and gasoline prices past all-time records, said OilWatchdog.org, a project of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights. Gasoline prices...
News Story
3/7/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
LOS ANGELES, CA -- Rejecting a challenge by insurance groups, a Los Angeles judge ruled today that the state insurance commissioner can continue awarding compensation to members of consumer groups who take part in rate review processes. The insurance organizations filed a petition last May 25 in Los Angeles Superior Court asking that state...
News Release
3/3/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
U.S. Price Also Near Record; Group Demands Curbs on Speculation, Action on Oil Subsidies Santa Monica, CA -- Spiking gasoline prices are pushing through state and national records, months shy of their usual peak, said the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR), while oil profits head toward new highs. FTCR called on Congress today to...