Smart & Biggar partner Gunars Gaikis presents Canadian patent updates at LSPN North America.
April 24, 2018

Smart & Biggar is proud to sponsor the Life Sciences Patent Network (LSPN) North America in Boston, MA on April 26, 2018.

Partners Gunars Gaikis and David Schwartz will be in attendance to meet with in-house patent counsel from the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. The LSPN North America conference takes a broad global view of the patent protection landscape, delving deep into important sector issues and the impact of key judgements and political jolts.

Gunars Gaikis will be presenting patent updates from Canada that include new/amended Patented Medicines (NOC) Regulations, the use of the non-infringing alternative (NIA) defence in Canada, how Courts are handling the utility requirement following the SCC’s decision in AstraZeneca striking down the “promise of the patent” utility doctrine and how Courts are reconciling a finding of patent infringement with a generic’s s. 8 damages claim.


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Life Sciences Patent Network North America is the first event in the 2018 Life Sciences Patent Network series.

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