The annual International Association for the Protection of IP (AIPPI) conference in Helsinki, Finland, assessed the potential problems for pharmaceutical companies trying to brand their medicinal products.
During a workshop on September 6, one issue discussed was the difference between a trademark signifying a branded product and an international nonproprietary name (INN), which signifies a medical effect.
Examples of registered INNs include -olol for beta blockers (eg, atenolol) and -oxetine for fluoxetine derivatives, a group of antidepressants.
Raffaella Mattivelli, INN programme manager at the World Health Organization (WHO), said: “We have developed a resolution to ensure the INN is prominently displayed on the box of products and is easy to understand.
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