MBHB Partner Kevin Noonan Authors Perspectives in Medicine Article Entitled, “The Role of Regulatory Agencies and Intellectual Property: Part I”

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP partner Dr. Kevin E. Noonan authored an article entitled, “The Role of Regulatory Agencies and Intellectual Property: Part I” that appears in the March 17, 2015 online edition of Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine. The patent and regulatory regimes of different agencies of the federal government are not always in agreement, and although the concept of the “unified executive” holds that the executive branch speaks with one voice, that is not always the case. Some agencies, like the Food and Drug Administration, tend toward cooperation with government patent policies, whereas others, notably the Federal Trade Commission, are often at odds with the Patent Office, the patent system, or both. These skirmishes, when they arise, eventually come before federal courts and ultimately the Supreme Court, where balancing the differing policy objectives, as well as the will of Congress as embodied in its statutes, is subject to the vagaries of the politics of how the issues are framed by the courts, and the judges’ and justices’ own predilections and prejudices. Examples of these situations were prevalent in 2013 and the circumstances surrounding them illustrative of the tensions inherent between the various federal agencies. View the article