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Patent library will be founded in Lithuania

Industry news / 23 May 2017 / Niamh Marriott, Junior Editor

The State Patent Bureau of the Republic of Lithuania (SPB) and Kaunas University of Technology National Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre (KTU NIEC) has signed the collaboration agreement, which laid foundation for the new Patent Library – PATLIB Centre. This will be the first time, when a PATLIB Centre is established at a university. “Founding of […]

Opening life sciences’ Unified Patent Court war chest

Blog, Z Homepage promo / 11 October 2016 / Vanessa Rieu and Annsley Merelle Ward

Vanessa Rieu and Annsley Merelle Ward explain how life sciences companies can leverage their knowledge of national patent laws in a post-Brexit Europe…


Patient trial and appeal board upholds validity of Shire’s patent

Industry news / 6 October 2016 / Niamh Louise Marriott, Digital Content Producer

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) found that the patent was valid in light of the challenges put forward by the petitioner…

Pharmaceutical patents: Clear the way but careful where you tread

Blog, Z Homepage promo / 27 September 2016 / Dominic Adair and Emma Muncey, Bristows

Top litigators Dominic Adair and Emma Muncey review patent court cases to identify the legal steps you should take when marketing a biosimilar…

Shire wins Lialda patent trial against Watson

Industry news / 29 March 2016 / Victoria White

The US District Court for Southern Florida has upheld Shire’s patent for Lialda (mesalamine) delayed release tablets for adults with ulcerative colitis…

Allergan files ANDA to the FDA for generic Abraxane

Industry news / 17 March 2016 / Victoria White

Allergan believes it is a first applicant to file an ANDA for generic Abraxane and, should it be approved, may get 180 days of generic market exclusivity…

Dave Elder, GlaxoSmithKline and JPAG

The cost of drug counterfeiting

Issue 1 2015 / 10 March 2015 / David Elder, GlaxoSmithKline and JPAG

The World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2010 described counterfeit medicines as those which are “Deliberately and fraudulently mislabelled with respect to identity and/or source. Counterfeiting can apply to both branded and generic products and counterfeit products may include products with the correct ingredients or with the wrong ingredients, without active ingredients, with insufficient active ingredients or with fake packaging.” The WHO also now uses the term ‘spurious/falsely labelled/falsified/counterfeit (SFFC) medicines’. In addition, there is the related phenomenon of sub-standard medicines, classified by the WHO as: “Genuine medicines produced by manufacturers authorised by the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA), which do not meet quality specifications set for them by national medicines.” Most of these counterfeit/imitation medicines are manufactured in Asia (predominantly India and China) and Latin America, where patents carry little weight, enforcement agencies are lax and there is a cheap, abundant workforce…


Kuros announces grant of US patent for its synthetic hydrogel technology

Industry news / 24 February 2015 / Kuros

Kuros Biosurgery AG, a biotechnology company focused on the development of novel biomaterials and bioactive-biomaterial combination products for sealant, orthobiologic and surgical wound indications, announced that its patent application U.S.S.N 12/102,157 will issue today and has been assigned U.S. Patent No. 8,961,947…


Patent cliff means pharmaceutical companies will lose $65 billion by 2019, says GlobalData

Industry news / 11 December 2014 / GlobalData

Pharmaceutical companies will suffer an estimated $65 billion drop in sales by 2019 due to the patent expiries of several leading drugs, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData…


The future of ‘Patent Boxes’ – the OECD’s adoption of a joint proposal by UK and Germany

Industry news / 4 December 2014 / Deloitte

In a written ministerial statement issued, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Mr David Gauke, confirmed that the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has adopted all of the proposals…


Teva announces UK High Court gives positive judgment in the company’s patent case against AstraZeneca

Industry news / 3 September 2014 / Teva

Court decision invalidating AZ’s patent supports Teva’s launch of DuoResp Spiromax® in UK…

is it ever right to sue a client?

Issue 2 2011, Patents / 19 April 2011 / Jim Kinnier Wilson, Partner, Manches

Imagine that you are part of a small biotech company, BiotechCo, whose business is the development of delivery systems for pharmaceutical products. One of your team, who is in charge of developing sales with a large pharmaceutical company, Pharma Co, came to you three months ago with the possibility of a very interesting contract within that company. You went to a meeting where various things were discussed on a confidential basis. As a result of that, you now have a clearer idea of where the pharmaceutical company is aiming to take an important drug, which is approaching the end of its patent life. If BiotechCo can come up with a new improved delivery system, then you will assist Pharma Co in creating a significant market lead for their drug, and by so doing probably increase the chances of selling your portfolio of technologies to Pharma Co. You have set your best research brains on to the problem, and they have come up with a very clever device which uses technology that has been known outside the pharmaceutical sector for a non-medical purpose. Their developments have been reported to Pharma Co on a confidential basis and Pharma Co has been given a prototype. Pharma Co has done some tests on the device.


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