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Edwards Lifesciences AG v Cook Biotech Incorporated
  • Bird & Bird
  • United Kingdom
  • July 17 2009

Mr Justice Kitchin handed down a decision only four weeks after the hearing, finding Cook’s patent invalid and not infringed by Edwards’ SAPIEN heart valve


Confidentiality in clinical trials
  • Bird & Bird
  • Netherlands
  • October 16 2008

Confidentiality covering clinical trials is important in the context of obtaining patent protection for an invention that is the subject of a clinical trial


Paedriatric SPC extension: zero or negative term SPCs
  • Bird & Bird
  • European Union, United Kingdom
  • March 11 2009

Zero or negative term SPCs give rise to a unique disunity amongst the granting authorities in the European Member States


Brexit: Life Sciences implications
  • Bird & Bird
  • European Union, United Kingdom
  • January 24 2017

On 23 June 2016, the UK public voted to leave the EU. The Prime Minister subsequently announced an intention to serve notice of withdrawal under


Recent Dutch seizures of generic drugs add fire to the WTO dispute regarding seizure of goods in transit
  • Bird & Bird
  • Global, Netherlands
  • March 23 2009

The dispute regarding goods in transit has been highlighted in recent months due to several seizures of generic drugs in transit by the Dutch customs authorities


The Wellcome Foundation Ltd v Paranova Pharmazeutika Handels GmbH
  • Bird & Bird
  • Austria
  • March 11 2009

Following a reference from the Austrian Supreme Court, the ECJ ruled on two questions relating to the conditions applicable to repackaging of pharmaceutical products in a parallel imports case


Corevalve Inc. v. Edwards Lifesciences AG & Edwards Lifesciences PVT, Inc
  • Bird & Bird
  • United Kingdom
  • March 11 2009

Edwards Lifesciences, the world leader in replacement heart valves, succeeded in upholding the validity of their patent for a transcatheter valve


UK Office of Fair Trading report on the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme
  • Bird & Bird
  • United Kingdom
  • March 9 2007

On 20 February 2007, the Office of Fair Trading (“OFT”) published a 120 page report on the regulation of the price of branded pharmaceutical products under the voluntary scheme that is periodically re-negotiated between the industry and the Department of Health, the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme (“PPRS”


UK Patents Court allows supplementary protection certificate for combination product: Gilead Sciences, Inc’s application
  • Bird & Bird
  • United Kingdom
  • October 30 2008

Gilead has succeeded in its appeal to the Patents Court (Mr Justice Kitchin) from the UK Intellectual Property Office, which refused the grant of an SPC in respect of a combination product comprising tenofovir and another antiretroviral, emtricitabine


Status of the insufficiencyobviousness squeeze - an appraisal of the House of Lords’ Generics et al v Lundbeck judgments
  • Bird & Bird
  • United Kingdom
  • May 1 2009

In February 2009 the House of Lords unanimously dismissed an appeal by a number of pharmaceutical companies against the Court of Appeal’s decision to not revoke Lundbeck’s escitalopram patent on grounds of insufficiency