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27 May 2019
In order to integrate and upgrade Pakistan's IP infrastructure, improve its services, public awareness and IP enforcement, the Intellectual Property Office recently proposed draft amendments to the Patents Ordinance 2000 on its website. The amendments aim to:
The proposed amendments include the following:
the mere discovery of a new form or new property of a known substance which does not result in the enhancement of the known efficacy of that substance or the mere discovery of any new property.
Moreover, under clause (f):
salts, esters, ethers, polymorphs, metabolites, pure form, particle size, isomers, mixtures of isomers, complexes, combinations, solvates, pro-drugs, hydrates, N-oxides, analogs and other derivatives of a known substance shall be considered to be the same substance, unless they differ significantly in properties with regard to efficacy.
The proposed amendments have been published on the Intellectual Property Office's website for public comment but have yet to be finalised.
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