The pharmaceutical industry needs to adjust its expectations of the scope of IP protection available in the digital age, say Stephen Bennett, Elisabethann Wright and Mark Marfe of Hogan Lovells, and James Cross of RGC Jenkins.
Brexit will have significant consequences for the UK regarding SPCs and the unitary patent system, while the UPC’s proposed start date of early 2017 looks highly unlikely, say Christopher Stothers and Paul Abbott of Arnold & Porter.
While we await the outcome of the appeal in Warner-Lambert v Actavis, which concerns second medical use patents, there are several steps drugs companies should take given the need to balance the interests of patent owners and generic makers. Clare Greatbanks of Osborne Clarke reports.
The consequences of the Brexit vote for the life sciences sector will depend on the UK’s relationship with the EU once the negotiations are concluded, as Christina Guazzi and Nina Schäffner of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer explain.
The European Patent Office has announced several reforms to its patent opposition procedures. Stephanie Pilkington and Ling Zhuang of Potter Clarkson consider some of their implications for centralised patent revocation in Europe from a life sciences perspective.
In order to be well prepared before a generic or biosimilar marketing authorisation is approved, drugs companies in the EU may consider monitoring pending applications, says Ruth Franken of Hogan Lovells.
Everyone benefits from an efficiently run clinical drug study, including sponsors, contract research organisations, the investigator sites where patients are treated and observed, and most of all, patients, says Charlie Nicholson of Premier Research.
For many of the key questions relating to the grant of SPCs, there is some variance in the practice of national patent offices, even where there is guidance from the CJEU, as Simon Spink and Adrian Chew of Bristows explain.
Legislative developments surrounding supplementary protection certificates in the EU are moving fast, and may be catching on as far afield as Australia. Gareth Morgan of Olswang explains more.
Following the UK’s vote to leave the EU, it is business as usual for life sciences companies working with intellectual property, at least for now, says Claire Phipps-Jones of Bristows.