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Tuesday 31 October 2017

EU Commission consultation on SPCs and pharmaceutical research exemptions

The EU commission has announced a consultation (available here) on improvements to the SPC system.  Possible improvements could include the creation of a European SPC title, the introduction of an SPC manufacturing waiver and an update on the scope of EU patent research exemptions.

Responses to the consultation must be submitted via an online questionnaire (available here).  The deadline for filing submissions is 4 January 2018.

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