A pressing need for more non-invasive prenatal tests is leading to increasing IP activity and commercial interest, say Fran Salisbury and Alice Jefferies of Mewburn Ellis.
The ‘joint applicants’ approach to PCT applications would provide an elegant solution to issues of who is entitled to priority claims in PCT applications, suggests Chiara Banas of EIP.
A new referral to the European Patent Office’s enlarged board of appeal will determine whether post-filed data can be used to support inventive steps in patentability, as Sarah Gibbs of Appleyard Lees reports.
With evidence of antimicrobial resistance increasing, can innovation incentives drive pharma to fight back? Donald McNab and Mark Schuster of Marks & Clerk explore.
Should the MHLW and CSIMC consider competition in drug pricing, it would be necessary to formulate systems to utilise the expertise of a competition expert, namely the Japan Fair Trade Commission, says Takanori Abe of Abe & Partners.
A seemingly small decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit could have a big impact on owners of design patents, explains Elizabeth Ferrill of Finnegan.
The global pandemic has increased collaboration and a new wave of disputes is likely. Arbitration is well placed to help, argue Kate Davies McGill, Gaela Gehring Flores and Paul Keller of Allen & Overy
Chiara Banas, patent scientist at EIP, queries the gender gap in life sciences, and shares how her own experiences could prefigure change.
Effective support and guidance can achieve greater diversity in life sciences, say general counsel from Bristol Myers Squibb, AstraZeneca, The Chemours Company and Eli Lilly.
While the effort to secure greater vaccine and treatment equality via an IP waiver is admirable, it could stifle innovation and create long-term problems, say Matthew Howell and Lauren Griffin of Alston & Bird.