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Japan to allow more potents for medical inventionsThe Japanese government's IP Strategic Headquarter appears set to revise its patent examination standards for medical inventions involving known drug compounds. From the end of 2009 As reported by Patent Baristas, patent protection for new and inventive dosage regimens and administration modes will be granted as "product-related inventions", provided that the claimed drug has effects beyond that which is expected by a person skilled in the art.

The Japan IP Strategic Headquarter's report "The Current State of Patent Protection in Advanced Medicine" [PDF link] is available in Japanese only.

In other JPO news, East meets West reports that from March 2010 onward, the JPO will no longer accept applications via ISDN. Further information is available on JPO's website, but again only in Japanese.


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