Finnegan's Take

A new phenomenon is sweeping the Internet like a virus – they call it Spamiflu Tamiflu has now overtaken Viagra as the drug most frequently advertised in spam emails. Regulators fear criminals are cashing in on public anxiety over swine flu, with fake medicines and unproven ‘cures’ being sold online. Products claiming to contain Tamiflu… » read more

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Lawmakers will soon have so many issues to consider that they will be unable to function A new report by a panel of innovation experts offers a useful insight into the thinking that will shape next year’s European Innovation Act. It covers financing, collaboration and it attempts to broaden the definition of innovation. It is… » read more

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Lisbon: The Live Blog

Welcome to the Blogactiv Lisbon Referendum Live Blog. If you’re following live, just refresh your browser to read the latest news… 18.30: Well, that’s that. If you didn’t follow the excitement this afternoon, the final result was 67.1% ‘Yes’. Follow all the fallout throughout the week on EurActiv. All eyes now turn to Prague…over to… » read more

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Patent reform shelved pending European Cout of Justice decision European member states have found a new excuse for their failure to agree on the community patent system which all are agreed is essential to the much-vaunted “knowledge economy”: the positive move to introduce a unified patent litigation system (UPLS) requires the opinion of the European… » read more

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Barroso’s buzzwords

Market, Economy and Crisis dominate Commission President’s list of most-used words. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso unveiled his ‘summer homework‘ today, setting out his agenda in a bid to convince a sceptical European Parliament that he has a vision for a second term. So what were his priorities? Well, taking an outrageously crude quantative… » read more

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Sitting listening to the EU’s enterprise commissioner holding forth at the European Parliament’s environmental committee on the subject of regulating medicines, I was prompted to wonder how the status of health policy could be so low. Swine flu, counterfeit drugs, and our ageing population are supposed to be priorities but health is an afterthought. The… » read more

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There is a movement afoot to bring the education and industry sectors closer together. The European Commission is on board, industry is thrilled and business schools see a market opportunity. Some go as far as to suggest that industry should have input into university curricula. The prevailing logic runs like this: Industry and innovation are… » read more

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