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  1. Legal news
    22 October 2020
    China passes Patent Law Amendments 2020 and introduces Drug Patent Linkage and Supplemental Protection Period systems
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2020/china/china-passes-patent-law-amendments-2020-and-introduces-drug-patent-linkage-and-supplemental

    On 17 October 2020, China's Standing Committee of the National People's Congress ("NPC") passed the amendments for the Patent Law of China ("Patent Law Amendments 2020"), which will come into effect on 1 June 2021.

  2. Legal news
    15 October 2020
    Patent linkage scheme in Singapore – A process patent can be "A patent in respect of the therapeutic product"
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2020/singapore/patent-linkage-scheme-in-singapore

    In Singapore, pursuant to the Health Products (Therapeutic Products) Regulations 2016, applicants for registration of a therapeutic product in Singapore must declare whether "a patent is in force in respect of the ...

  3. Legal news
    04 November 2020
    Chinese patent linkage system - the Chinese Supreme Court issues Draft Judicial Interpretations
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2020/china/chinese-patent-linkage-system---the-chinese-supreme-court-issues-draft-judicial-interpretations

    As the patent linkage provisions are new for China, the Draft Judicial Interpretations provide some guidance on how the system will be implemented in practice. The Draft Judicial Interpretations are open for public ...

  4. Legal news
    04 November 2019
    Are German Courts the “Spoilsport” of the “Divisional Game” when it comes to Preliminary Injunction Requests?
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2019/germany/are-germany-courts-the-spoilsport-of-the-divisional-game-when-it-comes-to

    If a patentee undertakes actions with respect to a patent of the same patent family (e.g. waiving the parent patent of a divisional patent), this is often negatively characterised as playing the “Divisional Game”. We ...

  5. Legal news
    07 February 2019
    German Federal Patent Court denies request for preliminary grant of a compulsory license – Where do we go from here?
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2019/germany/german-federal-patent-court-denies-request-for-preliminary-grant-of-compulsory-license

    Sanofi sought a compulsory licence for the distribution of its high cholesterol drug Praluent® but this was dismissed in preliminary proceedings (docket no: 3 LiQ 1/18).

  6. Legal news
    02 July 2019
    Transfer of value: amendments to the French “anti-gift” provisions by the draft Health Act
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2019/global/transfer-of-value-amendments-to-the-french-anti-gift-provisions-by-the-draft-health-act

    The French so-called “anti-gift” provisions strictly frame the conditions under which companies in the health sector are allowed to provide advantages, in cash or in kind, to healthcare professionals ("HCPs”)

  7. Legal news
    12 November 2019
    PI for Tadalafil Dosage Patent refused in Italy
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2019/italy/pi-for-tadalafil-dosage-patent-refused-in-italy

    By decisions dated 30 July 2018, then confirmed in the appeal by decisions dated 30 August 2018, the Court of Milan dismissed PI requested by ICOS and its licensee Eli Lilly against Sandoz, ascertaining the prima facie ...

  8. Legal news
    07 October 2019
    Dutch competition authority ACM publishes a sector report on the impact of biosimilars on competition between TNF-alfa inhibitors
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2019/netherlands/dutch-competition-authority-acm-publishes-a-sector

    The Dutch competition authority, ACM, initiated a market study in 2018 into the effect of the introduction of biosimilars on the competition between TNF alfa inhibitors. TNF-alfa inhibitors are biological medicines that ...

  9. Legal news
    30 September 2019
    Bird & Bird secures win in preliminary injunction patent case before the Düsseldorf Courts
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2019/germany/bird-and-bird-secures-win-in-preliminary-injunction-patent-case-before-the-dusseldorf-courts

    On September 26, 2019, the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf confirmed on appeal that Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (“Teva”) – one of Bird & Bird’s key clients – is entitled to a preliminary injunction against ...

  10. Legal news
    18 September 2019
    When does speaking badly about your competitors become a competition law problem?
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2019/global/when-does-speaking-badly-about-your-competitors-become-a-competition-law-problem

    Following seminal “denigration” cases from the French, Danish and Italian competition authorities, our competition team looks into this new practice of exclusionary abuse.