Mexican patent examiners usually reject patents directed to human embryonic stem cells, but applications filed after 2008 may have a greater chance of being approved, as Jasmin Maqueda of Becerril, Coca & Becerril describes.
The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership seemingly contains a bid by the US to increase standards for compulsory licences above those already in place internationally, say Sandra Kuzmich and Russell Garman of Frommer Lawrence & Haug.
The inter partes review system was set up as a cheaper way of invalidating patents than litigation. Given the high success rate, and the large number of ‘patent trolls’ involved, is it likely that troll activity will be dampened? Steve Coyle, Leslie-Anne Maxwell and Chad Dever of Cantor Colburn investigate.
The Supreme Court’s Limelight decision makes it particularly difficult for the owners of diagnostic method patents to enforce those patents against a third party selling the assay. MaryAnne Armstrong of Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch describes the current situation.
Despite the SPC Regulation having been in existence for decades, applicants are still left to navigate uncertain waters on issues of fundamental importance when it comes to ‘combination’ therapies, as Michael Pears of Potter Clarkson reports.
Recent changes in US patent law have made protecting and enforcing patents directed to digital healthcare inventions more challenging, as Marsha Gillentine and Michelle Holoubek of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox explain.
As far we know, the IP chapter in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement contains provisions on modernising plant breeders’ rights, but not all the participating countries are currently on the same page, as LSIPR reports.
LSIPR picks five sessions IP professionals won’t want to miss at this year’s BIO International Convention in Philadelphia, from June 15 to 18.
Pharma company Gilead has been in the headlines since it launched its blockbuster drug Sovaldi with a hefty price tag. Less reported, however, are its numerous patent licensing deals that ensure wider access to medicines in the developing world. LSIPR spoke to Christina Carlson, senior counsel at Gilead Sciences, to find out more.
The ability of third parties to participate in patent challenges has led to new dynamics, including the possibility of parties profiting from movements in stock price and the prospect of patent oppositions by not-for-profit proxies, as Marc Cavan and Phillip Kurs of law firm Ropes & Gray describe.