A niche blog dedicated to the issues that arise when supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) extend patents beyond their normal life -- and to the respective positions of patent owners, investors, competitors and consumers. The blog also addresses wider issues that may be of interest or use to those involved in the extension of patent rights. You can email The SPC Blog here

Thursday 23 October 2008

A conference -- and a competition!

The SPC Blog is pleased to announce that it is sponsoring the forthcoming C5 conference, Pharma/Biotech Patent Litigation, which is being held in Amsterdam from Tuesday, 17 February to Wednesday, 18 February 2009. Preliminary details of this event can be inspected here. Readers of The SPC Blog who would like to attend this event are entitled to a 10% discount on the £1,399 conference registration fee if they book quoting the reference code SPCBLOGREADER. In addition, C5 is offering free registration as a prize for The SPC Blog's competition, which is quite simple. On the premise that the letters "SPC" stand not only for "Supplementary Protection Certificate" but also "Simply Perfect Cocktail", competition entrants are invited to submit their own recipe for the simply perfect cocktail (one recipe per entrant, please). The closing date for the competition is Sunday 25 January and the winner will be announced on this blog on Tuesday 27 January. The best entries will be published too, though readers should note that, while they may have been tested for immediate efficacy, their long-term impact will remain unknown and they will still be in need of market authorisation!

Please email your cocktail entries to The SPC Blog here, marking the subject as "SPC Cocktail Competition".

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