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8th June 2021
Medical technology most patented subject matter at EPO in 2020

Pharmaceutical and biotechnology patent applications also make top 10 most patented. Recent statistics published by the EPO show that a total of 14,295 European patent applications were filed in 2020 …

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8th June 2021
How do you intend your software/app to be used?

Is your software/app a medical device? For over 10 years now, software used for medical purposes might be classified as a medical device under EU law. The rules were initially …

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8th June 2021
Searching for the distinctive

How to streamline the trade mark selection process by conducting effective, in-house ‘dirty searches’. Selecting the right trade mark for your new healthcare product is a critically important task. Consumers …

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8th June 2021
The EPO ‘How To’ guide for antibody applications in Europe

The 2021 EPO Guidelines provide much needed guidance on how to protect antibodies in Europe. Biological drugs including therapeutic antibodies have become increasingly important to the pharmaceutical industry. The European …

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8th June 2021
Personalised drug patenting in Europe

Opportunities for additional pharmaceutical product patent protection in Europe, based on the use of a drug to treat a patient exhibiting a biomarker indicative of drug response. Recent years have …

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8th June 2021
The Internet of Medical Things

Exploring the growth of patents for connected medical devices, and how best to protect them. The Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to change our lives by creating a connected …

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8th June 2021
Covid-19 vaccine patent waivers

To waive, or not to waive, that is the question. The earliest identified date of a patient presenting with symptoms of a “novel coronavirus” in Wuhan, China is reported to …

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2nd March 2021
Women revolutionising healthcare

The UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science – 11th February and International Women’s Day – 8th March Both The UN International Day of Women and Girls in …

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2nd March 2021
A new dawn for SPCs

Will UK Courts deviate from CJEU case law and support a less restrictive interpretation of the SPC Regulation? The UK has formally exited the EU and the English Court now …

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