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Thursday 17 November 2011

Spain: court orders change in practice in ganirelix ruling

The SPC Blog has learned from its friend Herwig von Morze that it has been the long-established practice of the Spanish Patent Office to refuse the grant of an active ingredient with its salts. Now, however, following an appeal to the Spanish Federal Court, the Spanish Patent Office has been ordered to grant an SPC for ganirelix and its salts based on the rationale of the Farmitalia decision.

We are chasing up further information on this decision and hope to be able to report on it in greater detail soon.

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