A User's Guide to Intellectual Property in Life Sciences

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Life Sciences is one of the most innovative and complex areas of law. It is currently undergoing a period of intense transformation, with companies facing an ever-increasing level of regulation as well as strict cost management in order to remain competitive and profitable.

The latest in "A User's Guide to..." series it covers life sciences in relation to:

- patents
- copyright
- trade marks; and
- data protection

The book covers UK law with references to significant EPO cases. A key part of the book is the coverage of case law. Case studies and detailed analysis of the key cases, eg the Kymab mouse case, the human genome sciences case, and the pregabalin case feature heavily helping to put this often complex area of law into context.

Where appropriate and for comparison purposes, approaches of key foreign jurisdictions are summarised and for ease of use there are clearly signposted.

A key text for practitioners specialising in life sciences and intellectual property in general and patents officers dealing with life sciences applications.

This title is included in Bloomsbury Professional's Intellectual Property and IT online service.

Table of Contents

Part I Patents in the Life Sciences: Validity and Enforcement
Chapter 1 Requirements for a Valid Patent 1: Novelty
Chapter 2 Requirements for a Valid Patent 2: Inventive Step
Chapter 3 Requirements for a Valid Patent 3: Patentable Subject Matter and Exclusions
Chapter 4 Requirements for a Valid Patent 4: Sufficiency
Chapter 5 Patent Infringement 1: Scope of Protection of Claims
Chapter 6 Patent Infringement 2: Acts of Infringement
Chapter 7 Patent Infringement 3: Defences
Chapter 8 Patent Infringement 4: Remedies
Part II Patent Ownership, Dealings and Litigation
Chapter 9 The European Patent System and Obtaining a Patent
Chapter 10 Rights in a Patent
Chapter 11 Patent Dealings
Chapter 12 Patent Proceedings in the Courts of England and Wales
Chapter 13 Amendment and Parallel Proceedings in the EPO and the English Courts
Chapter 14 Terminating Patent Agreements and Points of Dispute
PART III Other Rights Protecting Life Sciences Subject Matter
Chapter 15 Supplementary Protection Certificates
Chapter 16 Data and Market Exclusivity Rights
Chapter 17 Trade Secrets
Chapter 18 Plants and Genetic Resources
Chapter 19 Trade Marks, Passing Off, Designs and Copyright
Chapter 20 Exhaustion of Rights, IP Offences and Customs Powers
Chapter 21 Personal Data – GDPR Rights and Obligations
Coda Brexit
Appendix A Patents Act 1977
Appendix B Trade Secrets (Enforcement, etc.) Regulations 2018
Appendix C Intellectual Property (Enforcement, etc.) Regulations 2006
Appendix D Regulation (EC) No 469/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 May 2009 concerning the supplementary protection certificate for medicinal products
Appendix E Regulation (EC) No 1901/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 December 2006 on medicinal products for paediatric use
Appendix F Regulation (EC) No 141/2000 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 1999 on orphan medicinal products
Appendix G European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018

Product details

Published 23 Mar 2021
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 880
ISBN 9781526511751
Imprint Bloomsbury Professional
Dimensions 216 x 138 mm
Series A User's Guide to... Series
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Paul England

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