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Healthcare & Life Sciences

03 June 2020
Abigail Smith Amended Patented Medicines Regulations will come into force on 1 January 2021

Canada - Smart & Biggar

The Patented Medicine Prices Review Board recently announced that the amended Patented Medicines Regulations will now come into force on 1 January 2021. Further, a revised set of draft guidelines will be published during the week of 15 June 2020, followed by a 30-day consultation period.

Authors: Abigail Smith, Nancy Pei, Daphne Lainson
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Joanne van Harmelen How does EPO opinion on patentability of plants and animals affect South Africa?

South Africa - ENSafrica

The European Patent Office Enlarged Board of Appeal may have ended the debate on the patentability of plants and animals which are exclusively obtained by essentially biological processes by ruling that these are not patentable. If South Africa follows the board's interpretation, where essentially biological processes such as natural breeding techniques have been used to produce a plant or animal product, such a plant or animal product (and the process for producing the plant or animal) will not be patentable.

Author: Joanne van Harmelen
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International - International Law Office

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Canada - Smart & Biggar

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European Union - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Belgium - ALTIUS

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