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Tuesday 27 August 2013

Just for the record: details of Croatia's new SPC law

From AG-IP News ("The Only Specialized Global Intellectual Property News Agency") comes a short item by Anamarija Stancic Petrovic which confirms that the Croatian Parliament passed a new Patent Act and Act on Amending the Patent Act (Official Gazette No. 76/2013) on an urgent basis, even ahead of Croatia’s EU accession on 1 July 2013, on 29 June 2013. As the piece explains:
The amendments were made with respect to the provisions on supplementary protection certificates and compulsory licensing. The amending Act establishes a competent body and its tasks relating to the implementation of:

Regulation (EC) No. 469/09 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 May 2009, concerning the supplementary protection certificate for medicinal products intended for humans or animals, as amended (Official Journal of the EU (OJ) L 152, 16.6.2009, containing all the amendments);

Regulation (EC) No. 1610/96 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 July 1996, concerning the creation of a supplementary protection certificate for plant protection products, as amended (OJ L 198, 8.8.1996, containing all the amendments); and

Regulation (EC) No. 816/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 May 2006, on compulsory licensing of patents relating to the manufacture of pharmaceutical products for export to countries with public health problems, as amended (OJ L 157, 9.6.2006, containing all the amendments).
The new law came into force in Croatia on 4 July 2013.

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