Second medical use patent series: Understanding infringement and enforcement

22 January 2021

As the scientific community continues to tackle some of the world's most challenging diseases, research and innovation has led to the discovery of new uses for previously known medicines. Patents that cover these new uses are often called "second medical use" patents.

This form of patent protection has drawn much attention in recent years as courts around the world continue to adjudicate the complex questions that underlie them:

  • What form can second medical use claims take?
  • What must be established for a second medical use patent to be infringed?
  • How do you enforce a second medical use patent?
  • Can you prevent off-label use?

Join members of Gowling WLG's global Intellectual Property Group as they explore these and other questions in this on-demand webinar. Focusing chiefly on the UK, Canada, Russia and China, we outline the key opportunities and obstacles surrounding second medical use patent protection, and help you understand what to expect when a second medical use patent reaches the court.

*This program is eligible for up to 1 hour of CPD credits with the LSO and LSBC, and may be eligible for up to 1 hour of CPD/CLE credits in other jurisdictions. If you require a certificate of participation, please email Shannon Wadsworth.


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