Welcome to our blog dedicated to Life Sciences. We report on EU and national regulatory, compliance, intellectual property and transactional developments in the sector. We focus on (bio)pharmaceuticals and medical technologies, and also cover food and beverages, cosmetics and other healthcare products.

The definition of “product” in the SPC Regulation: (Part 1 of 2) What’s in a name?

Nicola Dagg

Anyone familiar with supplementary protection certificate (SPC) law will know the importance of the definition of “product” for SPC purposes. “Product” is defined within art.1(b) of Regulation (EC) No 469/2009 (the SPC Regulation) and plays a central role in the interpretation of that Regulation, in particular as regards the conditions for obtaining an SPC set Read More

UK position on Continuity in the Availability of Goods for the EU and the UK set out as Brexit negotiations continue

Erin Currie

A number of position papers have recently been published as negotiations continue on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.  One such position paper from the UK is the Continuity in the availability of goods for the EU and the UK, published on 21 August 2017, which sets out proposals that will be applicable to the Read More

UK Life Sciences companies need full-cycle support to grow

Matthew Appleton

Now that the dust is settling after the publication of the UK’s “Life Sciences: industrial strategy”, it seems a good time to focus on one of the report’s key themes – growth. The report rightly notes that despite the UK having a strong track record in Life Sciences companies emerging, very few of those have Read More

UPC ratification process in Germany put on hold following constitutional complaint

Joachim Feldges

In March 2017, a constitutional complaint was filed against both the German bill for ratifying the UPC Agreement and the UPC Agreement itself with the German Federal Constitutional Court (“Bundesverfassungsgericht”). Many stakeholders have been speculating on the grounds for this constitutional complaint. Now, the German Federal Constitutional Court has disclosed the main line of argumentation Read More

UK issues Brexit position paper on collaboration in science and innovation

Jacqueline Bore

The UK Government’s Brexit position paper on collaboration in science and innovation was published by the Department for Exiting the European Union on Wednesday 6 September. As expected, the UK negotiating team aims to seek a far reaching science and innovation agreement with the EU that could “be even more ambitious than any yet agreed Read More