While pharmaceutical companies are more likely to seek patent protection for their inventions, trade secrets can be useful too, particularly following two recent legislative developments, say Andy Sanderson and Ling Zhuang of Potter Clarkson.
Ahead of the Life Sciences Law Forum 2016, which takes place on June 23 at Etc Venues in the City of London, LSIPR previews some of the main discussion points.
EPO case law suggests that inventions covering homeopathic medicines do not have to meet a higher bar of patentability than conventional medicaments, but it still must be shown that the claimed products lead to the alleged therapeutic effect. André Guder of Uexküll & Stolberg reports.
Europe is not providing an adequate level of patent protection to the medical device industry, and while a solution exists, legislators need to be brave enough to abandon convention and adopt it, argue Reuben Jacob and Fiona Kellas of Jenkins.
Birmingham—Britain’s second city—with a leading university for research and development, allows biotech companies to enjoy the benefits of a cluster, as James Wilkie, CEO of Alta Innovations, the commercial spinout of the University of Birmingham, told LSIPR.
The biotech industry on both sides of the Atlantic is facing serious challenges in protecting its inventions, argues Nathalie Moll, secretary general of EuropaBio, which is organising a discussion on the topic at the 2016 BIO International Convention in San Francisco.
In Russia, more attention is being paid towards the correlation between IP rights and competition restrictions, and pharma companies should keep abreast of developments, says Ilya Goryachev of Gorodissky & Partners.
With the UK set to decide on whether it wants to be in or out of Europe, Jane Wainwright and Tom Harding of Potter Clarkson examine how politics is shaping IP in Europe.
Despite several major EU rulings on supplementary protection certificates, national IP offices and courts can form differing interpretations, and it seems that a unitary-style SPC right would be hard to create. LSIPR reports.
It is likely that many patent applications directed to CRISPR technology will be filed in India, says Hemant Singh of Inttl Advocare, who analyses some of the early applications and the rules on patentability.