China’s new administrative regulations on human genetic resources as applied to foreign persons

The Administrative Regulations of the People’s Republic of China on Human Genetic Resources (the “Regulations”), promulgated by China’s State Council, went into effect on July 1, 2019, superseding prior regulations on China’s human genetic resources (“China HGR”), particularly the 1998 Interim Methods of Human …›

Confidentiality of Documents: Only if Related to Court Proceedings or Commercial Interests

In particular for commercial reasons, pharmaceutical companies have an interest in the confidentiality of documents submitted in connection with the marketing authorization for medicinal products vis-á-vis its competitors as well as vis-á-vis the public. The Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) ruled in …›

The Diagnostics Dilemma: Securing and Protecting Diagnostic-Based Claims

While many life sciences companies are built on platforms involving the development of diagnostic products and methods that underlie personalized medicine allowing treatment that is customized to a patient’s unique biology, the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to the industry with its decision …›

A Structured Guide to Recent Case Law of the Court of Justice of the European Union on Supplementary Protection Certificates in Europe

In principle, patents confer protection for a maximum of 20 years. In Europe, however, the patent terms for pharmaceutical products that meet the conditions necessary for supplementary protection certificates (“SPC”) can be extended for up to five years. Once a patent has been filed, a …›