SPC term extensions and adjustments: protection beyond 20 years in Europe, the US and Asia: 1 EU and USA


Starts: 09.06.2020 at 15:00
Ends: 09.06.2020 at 16:15


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Since the introduction of the Hatch-Waxman Act in the US in 1984, many countries and regions have adopted laws for extending patent protection on medicinal products as a compensation for the expensive research and development phase in the pharmaceutical industry.These laws also facilitate the production of generic drugs after the protection has expired. This series of webinars aims at a better understanding of patent term extensions for medicinal products in Europe, the US and Asia. We will also highlight the most recent developments like the EU manufacturing waiver and upcoming law revision in China. In the first session, you will get an overview of patent term extensions in Europe ("SPCs") and the United States. We will present the legal framework and combine it with the information in the EPO's databases, including INPADOC or Espacenet. We will also have a ook at the future plans for SPC information in INPADOC. In the subsequent two sessions, we will focus on patent term extension information from Asian jurisdictions. We will give an overview of related provisions in the Chinese, Japanese and Korean patent laws and regulations. Furthermore, we will also look at the provisions in Singapore and other jurisdictions. In addition, we will show you how to retrieve data on term extensions from the official sources provided by the Asian patent offices. We will also give tips on how the EPO's Asian Patent Information Services can help you go further with this topic.


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Level of expertise

Entry level


Online training


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Registration fee

Participation in this webinar session is free of charge.

We would kindly ask you to cancel your registration in case you won't be able to join the session. This would allow us to allocate your place to other registered participants who are currently on the waiting list.


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Patent Information Training at pitraining@epo.org



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