Patent Examination Finally Begins in the Kuwaiti Patent Office

In a long awaited development, the Kuwaiti Patent Office (KPO) has finally initiated substantive examination of patent applications and is issuing search and examination reports on pending applications.  Nonetheless, given that substantive examination is new in Kuwait, the process has

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Introducing Future Foods Friday

Welcome to Future Foods Friday!  In this new Friday series, we will focus on patent, regulatory and other issues associated with “future food technologies” such as non-animal derived food products, cellular agriculture, and gene editing techniques.  As many readers are

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Filing a Divisional Application in Europe – Part 15

This is the fifteenth post in our 16-part series examining divisional practice in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam (in no particular order).  Our first fourteen

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Filing a Divisional Application in the United States – Part 14

This is the fourteenth post in our 16-part series examining divisional practice in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam (in no particular order).  Our first thirteen

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Filing a Divisional Application in Vietnam – Part 13

This is the thirteenth post in our 16-part series examining divisional practice in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam (in no particular order).  Our first twelve

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Expediting Patent Publication and Examination in China

According to Articles 34 and 35 of Chinese Patent Law, an invention patent application (versus a utility model or a design patent application) will be published within 18 months from its filing date (or earliest claimed priority date) after passing

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A Primer on Patent Term Extension in Russia

Background Since 2003, Article 1362 of the Russian Civil Code has provided patent holders the possibility of extending the term of a Russian patent for a drug, pesticide or agricultural chemical for a period of up to five years.  A

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Filing a Divisional Application in Saudi Arabia – Part 12

This is the twelfth post in our 16-part series examining divisional practice in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam (in no particular order).  Our first eleven

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Filing a Divisional Application in Russia – Part 11

This is the eleventh post in our 16-part series examining divisional practice in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam (in no particular order).  Our first ten

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Are You Ready for China’s Patent Linkage System?

On September 11, 2020, the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) and the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) issued the “Implementing Measures for Drug Patent Dispute Early Resolution Mechanism (Trial for Implementation)” (Draft Measures).  The Draft Measures establish a framework

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Data and Marketing Exclusivity in Russia

Article 13 of the Law “On Circulation of Medicines” (the Law) in Russia provides a list of medicines that are subject to state registration (namely, the grant of marketing authorization (MA)) by the Ministry of Health (MoH)), namely: Medicines that

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Filing a Divisional Application in Singapore – Part 10

This is the tenth post in our 16-part series examining divisional practice in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam (in no particular order).  Our first nine

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First Gene Therapy Products Approved in Brazil

Brazil has become the first among the Latin American countries to approve the marketing of gene therapy products. Specifically, the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (ANVISA) recently granted marketing authorization for Novartis’ gene therapy products Luxturna® and Zolgensma®.  As published in

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Filing a Divisional Application in Malaysia – Part 9

This is the ninth post in our 16-part series examining divisional practice in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam (in no particular order).  Our first eight

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Zombie Patents? USPTO Issuing Notices of Abandonment in U.S. National Stage PCT Applications After Filing of an RCE where no Inventor Oath or Declaration or Substitute Statement has been Filed

Back on April 2, 2015, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published final rules for implementing the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs July 2, 1999 (Final Rules).  Implementation of the Hague

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Ukraine Adopts a Bolar Exemption

On June 2, 2020, the Ukrainian Parliament passed a draft law introducing a legal exemption for patent infringement for actions relating to the development and submission of testing data to a Ukrainian regulator/authority for obtaining marketing authorization for medicinal products.

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Filing a Divisional Application in Pakistan– Part 8

This is the eighth post in our 16-part series examining divisional practice in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam (in no particular order).  Our first seven

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Filing a Divisional Application in Thailand – Part 7

This is the seventh post in our 16-part series examining divisional practice in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam (in no particular order).  Our first six

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Filing a Divisional Application in Canada – Part 6

This is the sixth post in our 16-part series examining divisional practice in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam (in no particular order).  Our first five

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Filing Divisional Application in Argentina – Part 5

This is the fifth post in our 16-part series examining divisional practice in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam (in no particular order).  Our first four

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Filing Divisional Application in India – Part 4

This is the fourth post in our 16-part series examining divisional practice in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam (in no particular order).  Our first three

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Filing Divisional Patent Applications in China – Part 3

This is the third post in our 16-part series examining divisional practice in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United States, Vietnam (in no particular order).  Our first two posts

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