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Revisiting Supplementary Protection Certificates of the European Union

Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs) are a form of additional patent protection for pharmaceuticals and plant protection products, granting up to 5 years of extra market protection beyond the standard 20 year patent period. The E.U has established regulations to ensure uniformity across member countries in the grant of SPCs, and over 20000 SPCs have been granted since 1993. Further study is needed to identify when and where SPCs are necessary to ensure they are used responsibly and do not unreasonably…

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Patent Term Extension, Dog ate my Homework Act

This post was first published on 12th April, 2011.    Guest Post by Ms. Vinita Radhakrishnan  In future, 'Dog ate my homework' may be a perfectly accepted excuse for missing a deadline at United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for Patent term extension (PTE) request. Recently, I stumbled upon an article authored by Dianna Goldenson titled “A day late and a few million dollars short". The article mainly refers to the deadline calculation for the Patent term extension request to…

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