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Monday 4 October 2010

New UK Office Manual changes affect SPCs

A number of changes have just been incorporated into the October 2010 version of the UK Intellectual Property Office's Manual of Patent Practice. Among other changes, SPC sections SPM3.02.1, SPM3.02.3 have been amended in light of Yeda Research and Development Company Ltd v Comptroller General of Patents and the Court of Justice reference in Medeva's SPC Applications and Georgetown University, Loyola University of Chicago, and University of Rochester’s SPC Applications.

You can read the current version of the SPC section here. A line in the left-hand margin highlights text which you won't find in the earlier January 2010 version.

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