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Canadian Patent Examination Will Soon Be More Expensive, Less Flexible and Require Additional Care in Prosecution to Avoid Loss of Rights

Canadian Patent Examination Significant fee increases will be effective at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (“CIPO”) on October 3, 2022 related to excess claims (claims over 20) and the number of examination reports it issues during prosecution. These changes may negatively impact the breadth of patent protection an applicant could…

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The Unified Patent Court is (Finally) Coming to Europe and Bringing Some Pretty Fundamental Changes with It

Seven years after the Member States of the EU signed the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (“UPCA”), the Unitary Patent (“UP”) and the Unified Patent Court (“UPC”) are likely to commence during the second half of 2022. This promises to bring significant changes to patent protections across Europe, potentially…

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USPTO Deferred-Fee Provisional Application Pilot Program for COVID-19 Related Inventions

In an effort to lend further support to the expedited development of COVID-19-related vaccines and therapeutics (see Covid-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program), the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has implemented a deferred-fee provisional patent application pilot program whereby applicants filing under 35 U.S.C. 111(b) can elect to defer…

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The Purple Book and The Orange Book - When do Patents Expire and Regulatory Exclusivities end for FDA Approved Products?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) maintains two searchable online databases for approved products: the Purple Book (approved licensed biological products) and the Orange Book (approved drug products). The Orange Book provides details about an approved drug product, including the patents covering the approved drug product and the expiration dates…

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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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Strategic Considerations for Seeking Patent Term Extension (PTE) and Its Scope for Drug Products

Life science companies developing new therapeutics – both small molecule and biologic – know that obtaining long patent term for their products is a key driver of valuation and revenue. A particular challenge in this respect is minimizing the loss of patent term during drug development. Fierce competition in the…

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