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EU court ruling could make it easier to get patents for cell therapies, says expert

A ruling by the EU's highest court should make it easier for biotech companies to obtain patents for inventions from human embryonic stem cell research, an expert has said. 18 Dec 2014

Need to repeat “inadequate consultation” could further delay NHS data-sharing programme

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'Selection' patents invalid unless they make 'plausible' technical contribution, rules High Court

Pharmaceutical companies stand to lose patent monopolies that cover a number of individual compounds within a broader chemical formula if they cannot show a plausible link between the compounds covered by the patent and a technical contribution to treatment... 04 Dec 2014

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