Chemistry

Patents and Polymorphs

Patents directed to a specific compound polymorph can be a great way to obtain second- or third-line protection for lead candidates, and they usually will outlast earlier composition of matter filings by a few years.The EPO does grant patents relating to polymorphs, but not all applications are ultimately successful. Josh...

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Chemical Oppositions – Can Experimental Data be the Key to Success? Part 2

There is a nine-month window in which anyone can oppose the grant of a European patent. If the opponent is successful, the patent can be limited to a scope that they can work around, or the patent can even be revoked entirely. Filing an opposition can therefore be an extremely...

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Chemical Oppositions – Can Experimental Data be the Key to Success? Part 1

There is a nine-month window in which anyone can oppose the grant of a European patent. If the opponent is successful, the patent can be limited to a scope that they can work around, or the patent can even be revoked entirely. Filing an opposition can therefore be an extremely...

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The chemistry of collaboration

From Paul Allen founding Microsoft with Bill Gates, to Ben and Jerry creating their much loved ice cream flavours, many of our modern technologies and luxuries are the product of collaboration. Those within R&D will know the value of collaboration – rarely do breakthroughs result from the work of just...

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Chemistry and the skilled person

Almost undoubtedly, those with an interest in the patent field will have heard patent attorneys and examiners alike talk about “the skilled person”. This fictitious person represents a standard against which numerous aspects of patentability are assessed. But who is this “skilled person”? What capabilities and expertise do they have,...

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