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Tuesday 18 August 2009

BIA Forum 2009 to tackle SPCs again

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the BioIndustry Association has designed an attractive and colourful logo for its 2009 Forum. This event takes place on Thursday 1 October, which sadly clashes with the first full day of the CIPA Congress (both events are being held in Central London).

The Intellectual Property Hot Tops once again include SPCs, the full list being:
* Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) Policy and Guidance
* European Patent Office (EPO) procedural changes
* Patent litigation update
* EPO referral on dosage regimes
* US legislation – an update following the introduction of the Obama administration
Court costs updates
* Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs)
* European Litigation and Legislation updates)
The Hot Topics speakers and panelists are
* Michael Burdon, Partner, Olswang
* Kristina Cornish, Partner, Kilburn & Strode
* Fiona Crawley, Counsel, Bryan Cave
* Sue Foster, Attorney, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo
* Tim Powell, Partner, Powell Gilbert
* Sarah Roques, Partner, JA Kemp & Co
* Olivér Várhelyi, Head of Unit Industrial Property, DG Internal Market & Services, European Commission
The 2009 Forum web page, with lots 0f details and registration form, can be accessed here. The SPC Blog recalls that last year's BIA Forum was greatly appreciated by those who attended, and is sure that the special attention again devoted to SPCs will help keep this topic high on the agenda of priority issues in the bio-sector.

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