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Tuesday 26 October 2010

Lithuanian Kirin Amgen ECJ reference: a local lawyer comments

Readers will recall the recent ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union in Case C‑66/09, Kirin Amgen Inc. v Lietuvos Respublikos valstybinis patentų biuras, Amgen Europe BV, noted on The SPC Blog here. A note on this decision, "ECJ preliminary ruling on patent law referral from Supreme Court", has now been published on International Law Office. This note, written by Edita Ivanauskienė (Lideika Petrauskas Valiunas ir partneriai LAWIN), concludes with the observation that the Court of Justice took a strict position regarding the issuing of supplementary protection certificates in a new Member State, demonstrating "the potential consequences of EU accession for the medicinal product's patent protection".

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