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Early Resolution of Pharmaceutical Patent Disputes

In terms of relationship between patent protections and regulatory approvals for pharmaceutical products, the patent-linkage system, the patent extension rule, and the Bolar exception form a complete suite of rules balancing the interest between innovative pharmaceutical companies and generic pharmaceutical companies.  The Bolar exception was introduced into the PRC Patent Law during the amendment in 2008. However, the patent-linkage system and the patent extension have not been included in the legislative pipeline until recently. Read more…