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Patent Intelligence Briefings

Pharmaceutical Patents

Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs)

Paediatric Extensions

Data & Marketing Exclusivity

Exclusivity vs. Patent Cover

Paediatric Use Marketing Authorisations

The Specific Mechanism

Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights

Product, Process & Formulation Patents

Key Patent Definitions



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Patent Intelligence Briefings

Pharmaceutical Patents > 

Patents protecting the intellectual property of products in the industrial area are vital to the owners existence. This is particularly so for the research-based pharmaceutical industry...

Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs) >

A guide to the application of supplementary protection certificates to European pharmaceutical patents, including an explanation of their duration.

Paediatric Extensions >

What are paediatric extensions and how do they work?

Data & Marketing Exclusivity >

How to calculate data and marketing exclusivity in EU member states and the implications of this.

Patent Cover vs. Data & Marketing Exclusivity > 

Why it is essential to understand and be aware of both.

The Specific Mechanism >

What is the specific mechanism and how does it work?

Paediatric Use Marketing Authorisations (PUMAs) >

What is a paediatric use marketing authorisation and how does it work?

Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights

Patents, trademarks, copyrights - What is intellectual property?

Product, Process & Formulation Patents >

An explanation of the basic types of patents.

INID Codes >

Numbers for identification of bibliographic data in patent documents or in Patent Gazettes...

Country Codes >

WIPO recommended, two-letter alphabetic country codes...

Anatomical Classification of Pharmaceutical Products >

List of anatomical classifiaction codes...

Key Patent Definitions > 

Not sure what it all means? Then visit our glossary of key terms.

International Patent Agreements > 

Key international patent agreemnets: The Paris Convention, The European Patent Convention (EPC), The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)

Patent Application Progressions > 

Progress of a patent application depends on the country or region in which it was filed. The generalised progress for a patent application is explained here.

Patent Enforcement > 

It is up to the patent holder to ensure that the patent is not infringed by third parties. The patenting authorities do not monitor for infringing acts...

Background to and Purpose of EU Supplementary Protection Certificates >

SPC or pharmaceutical term extension is applicable in all European countries. In the EU it is covered by two regulations, the first of which was enacted January 1993 (EC 1768/92) and has been subsequently updated since then to incorporate changes to EU...

Pharmaceutical Patents Database Significance >

Pharmaceutical patents… Are they any different to other patents? Apart from certain specific elements that relate to pharmaceuticals, the answer is no. However...

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