Archive for July, 2020

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China Closer to Granting Patent Term Extensions?

A new draft amendment to Chinese Patent Law was submitted to the National People’s Congress Standing Committee on June 28, 2020. Key provisions include the establishment of patent term adjustment (PTA) caused by delays in the patent office and patent term extension (PTE). Under the new draft amendment, a Patentee…

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Life Science Companies Participate in Convertible Bond Surge

Life science companies have been among the biggest users of convertible debt financing in the first half of 2020.  As highlighted in our recent Client Insight article, life science, technology and other traditional high-yield debt issuers were the biggest participants in the record issuance of convertible bonds.  Through June 30,…

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Goodwin Webinar - Healthcare Issues + Trends: The False Claims Act and Other Government Enforcement

Healthcare companies are facing unprecedented challenges as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. This includes heightened enforcement risks. A key area of risk is the federal False Claims Act (FCA), a powerful tool for the DOJ to seek substantial penalties including three times the amount of money a company received…

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USPTO Announces COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program for Small or Micro Entities

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is accepting requests for prioritized examination or “fast track” of patent applications that claim a product or process subject to FDA approval for COVID-19 use, without the payment of additional fees.  The USPTO will advance accepted patent applications out of turn, aiming…

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FDA’s COVID-19 Enforcement Policy for Digital Health Devices for Treating Psychiatric Disorders

Developers of certain digital health devices for treating psychiatric disorders may be able to take advantage of an FDA enforcement policy, which remains in effect for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency.  The policy applies to certain prescription computerized behavioral therapy (CBT) devices for psychiatric disorders, digital health…

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