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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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Can You Patent A Recipe?

This holiday season brings with it the many delights of festive food and drink. As consumers, we are enticed not only with adverts showcasing these festive treats, but with tempting window displays and arrangements in stores across the country inviting us to try the latest seasonal delight. However, it is...

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UK Referral to CJEU on Unregistered Designs Could Have a Big Impact Post-Brexit

For many years, unregistered Community design (UCD) protection has offered designers a flexible and free form of protection for their designs across the European Union. However, European case law suggests that this right is only generated by disclosures that take place within the EU, but is judged for novelty against...

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Bittersweet News for Employee Compensation in the Pharmaceutical Sector

The UK Supreme Court’s decision in Shanks v Unilever has provided some guidance on the circumstances that may lead to an inventor being entitled to a financial reward from their employer under UK law. The court awarded Professor Shanks a £2 million pay-out after finding that a biosensor for measuring glucose...

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Here’s how to use Intellectual Property to Engineer Success

This article was originally published on Institution of Mechanical Engineers and remains their copyrighted material. Follow this link to read the full article. Some industries appear kinder to entrepreneurs than others. Silicon Valley can make it look like anyone with exceptional coding skills can create a disruptive product, but certain sectors can...

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