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  • Supreme Court rules lower dosage regime obvious

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    Submitted: 04 April 2019

    ​The UK Supreme Court on 27 March 2019 handed down its decision in the Actavis v ICOS patent case. The Supreme Court agreed with the Court of Appeal in overruling the first instance decision and ruling that the patent was invalid for lack of inventive step.

  • Update - SPC Manufacturing Waiver nears approval

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    Submitted: 04 April 2019

    ​Following the flurry of EU legislative activity in January 2019, there have been significant developments in the progress of the proposed amendments to the SPC Regulation (EC/469/2009). In this update, we analyse the main developments in what now appears to be the form of legislation that is set to be passed in the coming months.

  • CJEU issues judgment on SPCs to new formulations of old active ingredients

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    Submitted: 22 March 2019

    In Abraxis (C-443/17), the CJEU confirms that an SPC is not available for a new formulation of an old active ingredient.

  • Referral to the EPO Enlarged Board (G1/19)

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    Last Reviewed: 21 March 2019 / Submitted: 01 March 2019

    An EPO Board of Appeal has referred a set of questions concerning computer-implemented inventions to the Enlarged Board of Appeal.

  • Regen Lab v Estar Medical - Equivalents and Numerical Limits

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    Submitted: 19 March 2019

    A look at a recent decision of the UK Patents Court where the doctrine of equivalents was considered in the context of numerical limitations in claims.

  • Double patenting referral to EPO Enlarged Board

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    Submitted: 08 March 2019

    Referral to the European Patent Office’s Enlarged Board of Appeal concerning a filing strategy for maximising the term of a European patent.

  • Acceleration for cancer-related patent applications

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    Submitted: 20 February 2019

    The USPTO has extended a program providing accelerated examination of patent applications relating to cancer research.​

  • Britannia Rules on SEPs - But is it FRAND?

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    Submitted: 15 February 2019

    ​In this article we consider two recent English Court of Appeal decisions ("Unwired Planet" and "Conversant") and their impact on resolving international FRAND licensing disputes.

  • New Dutch legislation allows pharmacies to prepare patented drugs

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    Submitted: 05 February 2019

    ​This article discusses the implementation of an exemption to the exclusive right of the patentee in the Netherlands which allows pharmacists to prepare drugs which are still protected by patents.

  • Infringement of Swiss-type second medical use claims

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    Submitted: 29 January 2019

    Review article looking at the different approaches taken by the Courts across Europe to enforcing second medical use patents for pharmaceuticals​.

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