Twenty-five years ago Tuerk and Gold reported the Selex method. Richard Clegg of Mewburn Ellis discusses some of the challenges at the EPO today when attempting to obtain adequate class-level protection for functionally defined molecules.
The Brazilian government has passed a new law which will promote the development of products based on the country’s rich biodiversity. Gabriel Di Blasi of Di Blasi, Parente & Associados discusses the implications for companies, researchers and traditional knowledge holders.
The judiciary system for the new Unified Patent Court has been the subject of much discussion. As part of a regular column, Paul England, senior associate at law firm Taylor Wessing and who chaired a recent discussion between a panel of experts, examines the issue.
The question of whether using a known drug for treating a known disease, but in a distinct sub-population of patients, can constitute a patentable new invention is key to the development of personalised medicine, says Stephen Smith of Potter Clarkson.
The Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office has issued the second decisions in the so-called Broccoli and Tomato cases. Albrecht von Menges of Uexküll & Stolberg examines the decisions and their implications.
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.
This year’s Life Sciences Law Forum is taking place on June 25 in London. LSIPR caught up with the conference’s chair James Horgan, of Merck Sharp & Dohme, and GlaxoSmithKline counsel Anthony Kenny to find out what’s keeping them busy and what they’ll discuss on the day.
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.
How will the OECD’s Modified Nexus Approach to innovator-friendly tax regimes such as the UK’s patent box affect the life sciences industry? LSIPR investigates.
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.