Region: Africa & Middle East

Ministry of Health considers granting data exclusivity to biological drugs

The Ministry of Health has invited individuals, organisations and stakeholders to participate in the examination process for the need to amend Section 47D of the Pharmacists Ordinance.

25 September 2018

China and South Korea will displace the West as the world’s innovation leaders by 2029

New report claims status of US, EU and UK as leading innovators under threat as they struggle to maximise return on R&D investment.

20 July 2018

All the big legal, market and deals news from the life sciences sector in June

In June’s round-up of life sciences-related news, we report on the US Supreme Court’s decision to grant certiorari in the Helsinn Healthcare v Teva Pharmaceuticals Section 102 dispute, but not in the Cleveland Clinic’s Section 101 case against True…

07 July 2018

South Africa moves to substantive examination for pharma patents, amid fears system could grind to halt

New IP policy looks to get tough on evergreening in pharma industry but also brings country closer to international best practices.

15 June 2018

Israel's innovation story is extraordinary, but just assuming it will continue would be a big mistake

Series of unique factors contributed to country's status as start-up hub but there are growing signs that more needs to be done to preserve it.

06 May 2018

Israeli startup litigating with Apple inks camera tech licence with Oppo

Corephotonics, a developer of dual camera technologies based in Tel Aviv, last week announced a licensing agreement with Chinese smartphone maker Oppo. It appears to be the first publicly announced IP licence with a major smartphone OEM for the…

26 April 2018

In what looks to be a PTAB first, Saudi Arabia's national oil company seeks IPR aimed at Korean rival

The world’s largest oil and gas company Saudi Aramco has filed an inter partes review (IPR) against a Korean petrochemical business in what is a highly unusual move by one of the energy majors. The Saudi national oil giant, which produces 12.5…

14 November 2017

Major sanctions on ZTE may mean tough times ahead for US-Chinese tech collaboration

The US Department of Commerce has reportedly slapped tough restrictions on telecoms giant ZTE, in a move that could end many of its supplier relationships with US tech companies. Effective today, any company that wants to ship US-made hardware to…

08 March 2016

Novartis is the latest Big Pharma player to extend olive branch in Third World patent rights row

While the global quarrel over the pricing of patented drugs continues unabated, Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis has announced that it will offer a number of its medicines at significant discount to developing countries.According to a press…

28 September 2015

Despite patent slowdown, investor appetite for intangibles is high, says man who sold RadioShack assets

Last week the disposal of a range of intangible assets owned by RadioShack was completed, raising around $40 million for the bankrupt business. The sale included a range of trademarks, domain names and a small portfolio of 73 granted and pending…

02 July 2015

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