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What is a biosimilar? A similar biological medicinal product (commonly termed 'biosimilar') is a medicinal product that is similar to a biological medicinal product (the...

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What is biotechnology Biotechnological inventions are defined in Rule 26(2) of the European Patent Convention (EPC) as: ‘inventions which concern a product consisting of...

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This new starter guide provides an introduction to intellectual property (IP) law. It is aimed at trainee solicitors and those who are new to IP as a practice area. This...

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What is digital health? Digital heath falls at the intersection between healthcare IT and medical devices and covers the use of data to assist in the...

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What is a medical device? ‘Medical device’ is a broad term that covers a wide range of products involved in human or animal health and encompasses very simple devices,...

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This Practice Note is intended for commercial lawyers not specialised in intellectual property (IP). It provides an introduction to copyright and associated rights...

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This Practice Note provides an introduction to design law and covers the four different types of design right that exist in the UK: UK registered designs, UK unregistered...

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Unlike many other countries, the UK has no unfair competition law. Brand owners seeking to prevent competitors from marketing ‘copycat’ products or using misleading...

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This Practice Note provides an introduction to: • what is a patent? • applying for and maintaining patents • dealing with patents in agreements • patent assignment and...

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This Practice Note provides an introduction to: • what is a trade mark? • registering a trade mark • dealing with trade marks in agreements • asserting trade marks •...

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What is 3D printing? Conventionally objects have been made by casting in a mould or by machining material from a block of steel, wood or the like or some combination of...

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This new starter guide provides an introduction to patent law. It focuses on highlighting the basic principles that apply and includes numerous links to other LexisNexis®...

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This new starter guide provides an introduction to trade marks. It focuses on highlighting the basic principles that apply and includes numerous links to other...

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When parties collaborate on creative projects or research and development, complex questions arise about the ownership of any resulting intellectual property (IP). Joint...

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What is know-how? ‘Know-how’ is technical or practical knowledge resulting from research or experience and usually relates to the way something is done. This technical or...

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Introduction Patent claims may be separated into two broad categories: product claims and process claims. Product claims and process claims are recognised as having a...

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The patent box is an elective regime that provides for an effective 10% rate of corporation tax on worldwide profits attributable to qualifying patents and a few similar...

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The word 'invention' is not defined in the Patents Act 1977 (PA 1977). Instead of attempting a definition which might have a restrictive effect on the granting of patent...

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Compound protection Protection is available for a novel compound or New Chemical Entity (NCE). Such compounds may be claimed individually, but they are more usually...

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Pharmaceutical trade marks: regulation and naming procedures In most fields of business, trade mark owners have a relatively free hand in selecting the brands they use to...

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As a signatory to the World Trade Organisation’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, the UK is obliged to provide protection for new plant...

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Background to medical use claims Second (and subsequent) medical use patent claims are specific to the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry and are used to define the...

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An intellectual property (IP) owner may choose to license its IP to a third party. This can be an effective route to generating revenue while maintaining ownership of...

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Patent systems are intended to foster innovation, not to impede it. For this reason, the patent laws of many jurisdictions contain exemptions to infringement for...

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Introduction to the laws protecting confidential information and trade secrets in the UK Historically, the UK has had no statutory regime to address the protection of...

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Introduction to the unitary patent and Unified Patent Court system The new system is in two parts: • a newly available European patent with unitary effect, better known...

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Historical background and concepts As far back as the 1950s, the six founding members of what is now the EU sought to introduce a patent covering the totality of their...

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