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This half-day workshop is aimed at participants who are responsible for shaping pharmaceutical patent portfolios. The workshop will address the options for maximising patent protection for pharmaceutical products, both in relation to patent filings and term extensions. The validity and enforceability of improvement patents will be discussed, followed by a discussion of how to decide which patents to seek patent term extensions on and how to maximise these options. Finally, the competition concerns which exist in this field will be examined. By addressing the relevant issues in each of these areas and the associated competition concerns, the workshop leader will draw together the necessary considerations for developing a coherent strategy maximising the term of protection.

 

Workshop Overview

  • Considering the options for maximising product protection.

  • Taking account at an early stage of the factors needed to achieve effective protection.

  • Providing the best position for making decisions on an on-going basis.

  • Devising a patent portfolio strategy.

 

 

Andrew Sharples is a Chartered and European Patent Attorney in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP, based in its London office.  He has a background in molecular biology and focuses his practice on the prosecution and exploitation of patents, particularly those with a pharmaceutical or biotechnological content.     His activities include advising on patent portfolio strategies and prosecuting patent and supplementary protection certificate applications as well as the management of patent opposition proceedings. Andrew also provides specialist patent advice on transactional matters, and a significant proportion of Andrew’s practice centres on the conduct of intellectual property litigation, having been involved in matters ranging from disputes before the Patents County Court to the House of Lords.

 

Workshop programme

9:00 Registration & Coffee

9:10 Supplementary Protection Certificates

9:30 Improvement Patents

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:30 Paediatric Extensions

12:00 Competition Concerns

12:30 Close of Workshop

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Buckingham Gate 45/51
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Crowne Plaza Hotel - St James

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WHAT IS CPD?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

GLOBAL CPD

Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

CPD Certificates

We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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