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Friday 19 April 2013

GlaxoSmithKline reference: UK consultation

Readers of the IPKat weblog will already have seen the news that the United Kingdom's Intellectual Property Office has improved the mechanics of its procedures for consulting interested parties over intellectual property references to the Court of Justice of the European Union.

The first "new" consultation, which helpfully gives interested parties some background information concerning the questions referred and also gives them more time in which to respond, is in relation to an SPC case, GlaxoSmithKline v Comptroller General of Patents, noted here on The SPC Blog.

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