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Thursday, 17 May 2018

China - patent term extensions allowable soon?

There have been reports (here and here) of rumors that China will start allowing patent term extensions for pharmaceutical patents.  Does any SPC Blog reader have more information on this exciting development?  If so, please leave a comment below or email us here

1 comment:

Catherine said...

Michael Lin (Marks & Clerk Hong Kong) writes: "At a recent IP conference I attended in Shanghai, a communist party member said that they were seriously considering it, but as far as I know there is no specific announcement about what form/shape it would take, nor the actual timing of such a policy/law change. This would also require coordination between the CFDA as well as the new SMSA – and since the SMA was just announced a few months ago, I am sure there will be at least a few months or a year of reorganization of existing departments that needs to be done before any major policy like a PTE/CPC is considered." He also indicates that China will establish its own online "orange book". If you would like more information, feel free to contact Michael at MLin@marks-clerk.com.hk