Déjà-vu: Advertising activities during the term of an SPC

Case No. S2014_003 (O2014_007) ¦ Decision of 31 March 2014 ¦ “Anbieten eines Arzneimittels (Generikum) während Laufzeit eines ESZ für die Lieferung danach; Gutheissung einer superprovisorischen Massnahme”

You might recall the case S2014_002 I have reported on in several earlier posts. The present matter is an astonishing blueprint. The FPC has again ordered a defendant to refrain from advertising activities during the term of an SPC — without hearing the defendant beforehand (Art. 77 PatA; Art. 261(1), Art. Art. 265(1) CPC). From the term of the SPC that is given in the decision, most likely the same SPC is concerned again.

There is not much to report on this decision in addition to what has been discussed already in the earlier posts. Again, the FPC had no doubt that an offer during the term of the SPC constituted an infringement (Art. 140d, Art. 8 PatA), even if delivery was only promised for the time when the SPC will have lapsed. In this respect, the FPC referred to the decision Simvastatin of the German Federal Supreme Court (X ZR 76/05); see #10, last sentence:

Eine funktionsbezogene Betrachtung des Verbots des Anbietens während der Schutzdauer dahin, ob sich das Angebot auf ein weiteres Verhalten bezieht, das für sich, etwa als Herstellen, Inverkehrbringen oder Einfuhr, unter den zeitlich begrenzten Schutz des Patents fällt, verbietet sich damit.

A highly complicated German sentence, put in simple English terms:

Offering is prohibited during the term of a patent, to whatever further action at whatever point of time this offer might relate to.

Oral proceedings in this matter were initially scheduled for April 07, but the hearing has been cancelled.

Reported by Martin WILMING

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Case No. S2014_003 (O2014_007) ¦ Decision of 31 March 2014 ¦ “Anbieten eines Arzneimittels (Generikum) während Laufzeit eines ESZ für die Lieferung danach; Gutheissung einer superprovisorischen Massnahme”

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Subject(s):

  • Infringement of a SPC

Composition of the Board of the FPC:

  • Dr. iur. Dieter BRÄNDLE (President, Single Judge)
  • Lic. iur. Susanne ANDERHALDEN (Court Secretary)

Representative(s) of Plaintiff:

  • Dr. Michael RITSCHER (MLL)
  • Dr. Simon HOLZER (MLL)

Representative(s) of Defendant:

  • (not identified)

Full text of the decision right here:

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