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

Monday 30 July 2012

Neurim rapid response seminar this Thursday

The Olympic Sheep 5K run. Can you tell which sheep is on the melatonin? 
Wasting no time at all, the UK branch of the AIPPI (that's the Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle, the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property or Internationale Vereinigung für den Schutz des Geistigen Eigentums, depending on your preference) is holding a Neurim-themed rapid response seminar this coming Thursday, 2 August.
"On 19th July 2012, the Court of Justice of the European Union delivered its eagerly anticipated Neurim Pharmaceuticals judgment [see earlier posts on this weblog here and here]. Following the Advocate General's guidance, the Court has made it clear that Neurim should be granted its SPC for melatonin despite the existence of earlier authorisations relating to that active ingredient. However, the judgment is expressed in terms which are considerably broader than the facts at issue in the Neurim case.

Continuing AIPPI UK's quick response events on SPCs, Hugh Goodfellow returns to give his insightful views having acted for Neurim along with Ed Oates. Jürgen Dressel from Novartis will be speaking to give his views. They will together examine the extent to which the Neurim judgment has changed the SPC system".
This event kicks off at 5.30pm for 6pm and its official title is "The world of SPCs post-Neurim. So what has changed?"  Even though almost every corner of London is filled with Olympians contending for gold in sports as obscure as tiddlywinks, shove-ha'penny and hunt the slipper, the AIPPI UK has found an appropriate place to hold the seminar: Carpmaels & Ransford, One Southampton Row, London WC1B 5HA. Tickets are considerably cheaper for this event than for most Olympic ones: admission will set you back just £20 (AIPPI non-members) or indeed nothing at all if you belong to AIPPI.  Drinks are apparently free, whether you belong to AIPPI or not. Further details by email here or online here.

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