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

Friday 28 November 2008

SPCS on the syllabus and in print

Two snippets of news:

1. This blog thought it might be handy to compile a list of institutions that include SPCs within the purview of their patent law syllabuses (see previous post). First to respond is our friend and correspondent Professor Ulrich M. Gassner, who together with two colleagues, teaches a specialised course at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC) under the title of "Pharmaceuticals and IP". This course also covers SPCs, though Professor Gassner informs us that the infomation on the center's website is somewhat outdated. Phillip Johnson has also reported that SPCs are covered on the Queen Mary (University of London) MSc course from this academic year, as well as on Professor Johanna Gibson's IP Aspects of Medicine course at the same institution.

2. This blog recently asked for information about features on Supplementary Protection Certificates. It has learned that Patent World has commissioned a piece that will appear in its February 2009 issue. Written by some lawyers from Howrey LLP, it is entitled "SPCs - is the law any clearer?" and will compare three jurisdictions: UK, Germany and the Netherlands.

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