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Clinical Trial Invalidates European Patent

Pharmaceutical inventions usually require human clinical testing in order to obtain regulatory approval to market the new product. Often a patent application is filed before the invention undergoes human testing, but sometimes a human clinical trial may be started—or even completed—first. While U.S. patent law provides that a “public use” of the invention within the … Continue reading this entry

New Duty of Disclosure for European Patent Applications

European patent applications filed on or after January 1, 2011 will be subject to a new disclosure requirement designed to support international worksharing efforts. The new rule will require applicants to submit copies of search results received from the national patent office of the priority country (the Office of First Filing, or OFF). Failure to comply with … Continue reading this entry