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article 14 Feb 2014

More bang for your buck: second medical use and the EPC 2000

Second and further medical use claims provide companies and patent lawyers with interesting opportunities, as Caroline Pallard explains.

The article illustrates that “any specific use in a medical method” as defined in Article 54(5) EPC 2000 seems to offer broad possibilities for defining a further medical use of a known substance. However, it should be borne in mind that such new further medical use must also be considered inventive in view of the prior art in order to constitute a patentable invention.

This article was first published in LSIPR Quarterly 2, February 2014.

Article: More bang for your buck: second medical use and the EPC 2000
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