A niche blog dedicated to the issues that arise when supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) extend patents beyond their normal life -- and to the respective positions of patent owners, investors, competitors and consumers. The blog also addresses wider issues that may be of interest or use to those involved in the extension of patent rights. You can email The SPC Blog here
Tuesday, 30 December 2008
Saturday, 20 December 2008
The Bulgarian Patent Office (BPO) website can be accessed here and searches on their database can be done on the BPO On-line website here. However, the database appears to be limited to trademarks, industrial design and case law - unfortunately not much help to those interested in patents. While researching this I noticed I was visitor no. 201,070 to the site. By the time I had done 3 searches, I was visitor no. 201,073...
Monday, 15 December 2008
Since Wikipedia is open to amendment and correction by all responsible readers who take the trouble to edit it themselves, it seems prudent for all readers of this weblog who value the accuracy of information concerning SPCs and their public image to monitor the Wikipedia entry regularly in order to ensure that it is acceptable.
Sunday, 14 December 2008
Similarly to its Spanish counterpart, the Portuguese Patent Office's website is a colourful site. Information is available to the user both in Portuguese as well as in English.
Under the section devoted to patents, there is a subsection on SPCs containing the usual information. The legal basis for SPCs is found in another section. However, the legal basis for plant protection products (EC Regulation 1610/96) is missing from the list...
And last but not least, and in no way related to SPCs but nevertheless interesting, the INPI has made an effort to reach out to young people on IP issues by using comics. Click here for some Portuguese IP-related comics (but then again, how many kids out there still read comics instead of being glued to a virtual entertainment device?)
Friday, 12 December 2008
"The Paediatric Regulation introduces the requirement to include information about paediatric studies in the Marketing Authorisation (MA) application. This requirement, already mandatory for new medicinal products as from 26 July 2008, will start soon to be compulsory also for previously authorised medicinal products covered by a supplementary protection certificate (SPC) or a patent, which qualifies for the granting of the SPC (as from 26 January 2009)".
Monday, 8 December 2008
You can read and download the formal invitation here. If you'd like to attend, email Natalie Smith here and let her know. Space is limited and we can't guarantee to squeeze everyone in, but we hope we won't disappoint anyone.
Saturday, 6 December 2008
There's very little intellectual property information available online from this source, and most of what's there deals with trade marks. A site search of the English language version of the text for 'SPC' received no hits at all. "Supplementary protection certificate" fared equally badly. Even "patent" received just nine hits.
If this review has failed to unearth any significant SPC information from this website which is known to any of our readers, can the relevant link be posted by using the Comment facility below.
Monday, 1 December 2008
The formal structure of the site divides subject-matter between inventions, topographies, trade marks and designs. There is no page or click-through that is devoted to supplementary patent certificates at all. However, a site search for "SPC" throws up one hit -- a 300 page pdf document dated 27 February 2006 which turns out to be the Official Gazette. A word search of that document produces two hits for "SPC" and none at all for "supplementary patent certificate". Site searches for "supplementary protection certificate" fare substantially, producing four hits of which three are in English: two are from the 2oo2 Annual Report, the third being a read-only Word document containing the English translation of the Lithuanian Patent Act as amended to June 2005.