An extremely useful article by Naira Rezende Simmons was recently published in the The John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law. The article discusses the count system the USPTO uses for Examiners to incentivize efficient and thorough examination of patent applications. As you will see in the article, the USPTO heavily incentivizes a quality initial examination of a patent application with less points awarded for final office actions and notices of allowance. This article is definitely worth the read.
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA) are teaming up to provide a database to the pubic that links marketed drugs to issued patent. Twenty leading global research-based biopharmaceutical companies, including founders Novartis, GSK, Pfizer and Merck KGaA have already agreed to participate.
More information about Pat-INFORMED can be found in the recent WIPO press release here.