South Africa: Hope for measures to prevent abuse of the patent system
Government-led schemes to incentivise patents are leading to delays and prejudice against legitimate applicants. Tyron Grant of Spoor and Fisher explains how South Africa is tackling the problem.
Medical device innovations and IP: A strategy is everything
Bringing a medical device to market relies on a broad understanding of IP, explain Sabing Lee and Kregg Koch of Knobbe Martens.
The increasing relevance of ‘technical character’
Two decisions from the European Patent Office offer important guidance for healthcare inventions that use computers, says Rosie McDowell of EIP.
Predicting the unpredictable during pregnancy
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.
When alliances fail, is arbitration the answer?
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
UK experimental use exemptions: Part 4—the SPC manufacturing and stockpiling waiver
In the final article of a four-part series, Sophie Topham of Marks & Clerk discusses the supplementary protection certificate manufacturing waiver.
UK experimental use exemptions: Part 3—the expanded exemption
In the third article of a four-part series on experimental use exemptions from infringement in the UK, Sophie Topham of Marks & Clerk considers the expansion of the original exemption.
Second medical use: a regulatory perspective
Under close scrutiny by regulators, the rules around second medical use patents vary from country to country, explains Jackie Mulryne of Arnold & Porter.
What 2020 means for the life sciences
Between Brexit and COVID-19, 2020 has had seismic implications for the life sciences industries. Sally Shorthose and Rumana Khanom of Bird & Bird report.
SPCs: a deep dive into CJEU case law
The CJEU’s many attempts to clarify the law around SPCs has created more questions than answers, as Katie Cambrook and Ben Millson of Bristows explain.