Patents for Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology (6th edition)

ISBN : 9780199684731

Philip W. Grubb; Peter R. Thomsen; Gordon Wright
624 ページ
156 x 234 mm

Patents for Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology is the established and highly-acclaimed introduction to patent law and practice, guiding the reader through the legal and procedural complexities of the British, European, Japanese, and United States patent systems. It explains in detail the role of patent practitioners, both in private practice and in-house, in maximising the commercial potential of their company's or client's products. The eagerly awaited new sixth edition of this highly respected text has been fully revised and updated to discuss major new developments in patent law, patent aspects of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), developments in the area of competition law and patents, and all relevant case law of the US, UK, and the European Patent Office (EPO). This is a comprehensive and invaluable guide to this rapidly developing and increasingly globalised area of law, providing a full description of the techniques and industry know-how that underlie successful patent practice and portfolio management.


Part I: Introduction and Background to the Modern Patent System
1 The Nature and Origins of Patent Rights
2 Historical Developments
3 Harmonization of Patent Law

Part II: Patent Law and Procedure
4 What can be Patented
5 Filing a Patent Application
6 Obtaining a Granted Patent: Patent Cooperation and Treaty Procedure
7 Obtaining a Granted Patent: European Patent Office Procedure
8 Obtaining a Granted Patent: National Procedures
9 Maintaining a Patent in Force and Extending the Patent Term
10 Enforcing Patent Rights
11 Invalidity and Amendment of Granted Patents

Part III: Patentability of Inventions in Specific Technical Fields
12 Chemical Inventions
13 Pharmaceutical Inventions
14 Biotechnological Inventions
15 Patenting of Genes, Plants, and Animals

Part IV: Patenting in Practice
16 The Patent Practitioner and his Functions
17 Drafting the Patent Specification
18 Drafting the Claims

Part V: Commercial Exploitation of Patents
20 Inventorship, Ownership and Compensation
21 Commercial Exploitation of Patents
22 How to Catch the Infringer - and How not to be Caught
23 Patent Aspects of Licensing
24 Patents and Competition Law


Philip Grubb is formerly Intellectual Property Counsel of Novartis International AG, and Adjunct Professor of the Franklin Pierce Law Center, Concord, NH (2007-8). ; Peter R. Thomsen is a Swiss and European Patent Attorney and a CEIPI (University of Strasbourg) tutor. He was elected into the Council of the Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (epi) for the period 2011-2014 and is currently working as Global Head IP-Policy and Senior Manager IP-Litigation at Novartis International AG. ; Tom Hoxie is a Patent Attorney with over 25 years of experience in intellectual property law, and founder of his own law firm, Hoxie & Associates LLC. He has given numerous seminars on patent law to patent attorneys in the United States and Europe and was a tutor in European patent law for the Centre d'Etudes Internationales de la Propriete Industrielle (CEIPI) at the Universite de Strasbourg.; Gordon Wright is a Consultant and UK and European Patent Attorney at Elkington & Fife LLP. He has nearly 30 years experience in patents, the greater part of which was spent in-house in the pharmaceutical industry.