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It remains to be seen whether AI developers in the medical sector will benefit from the UK’s ‘flexible’ regulatory environment or find the lack of cohesion detrimental, say Jackie Mulryne and Beatriz San Martin of Arnold & Porter.
Europe
Is the court’s public access rule unfit for purpose? Lawyers at Mathys & Squire are arguing for pleadings and evidence to be automatically made available on request, finds Muireann Bolger.
Biotechnology
Recent clashes over patents covering modified guide RNAs have exposed different approaches from the US and Europe—and new complications for the field, says Claire Irvine of HGF.
Big Pharma
Despite a rocky start, with case-management issues and plenty of scepticism from stakeholders, there is much to applaud in the UPC’s first four months, write Sebastian Moore and John Lao of Herbert Smith Freehills.
Biotechnology
Although UK research universities were going strong after Horizon funding was pulled, it could have been a different story had the scheme not been reinstated, finds Sarah Speight.
Big Pharma
Revocation and infringement actions involving a cholesterol treatment, prosthetic valves, and methods for analyte detection are among the first to land at the court within its first month, explain Joanne Welch and Darren Smyth of EIP.
Big Pharma
Big pharma company picks pan-European venue for next leg of global dispute | IT issues potentially behind new court's low revocation count | Nearly half a million opt-outs registered.
Biotechnology
Protecting new and inventive innovations in this increasingly crowded area is essential, explains Ine Vanderleyden of Mewburn Ellis.
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26 September 2023   An updated UPC rule requires a concrete and verifiable, legitimate reason for making available written pleadings and evidence | The wish from a natural person to form an opinion on the validity of a patent deemed insufficient reason for access | First decision marks latest twist in Amgen v Sanofi showdown.
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18 July 2023   Opposition Division ruling supports the use of immunotherapy patent | Highlights the significance of plausibility in patent evaluation following G 2/21.
27 June 2023   UPC Administrative Committee 'voted unanimously' to approve Milan says Italian politician | Court will hear patent cases related to “pharmaceutical, phytosanitary, agri-food and fashion” | Chemistry and metallurgy moving to Munich, excluding SEPs.
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