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In depth: Why HGS ruling will benefit biotech investment

James Nurton, London

Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision in HGS v Eli Lilly gives applicants more certainty by bringing UK law on industrial applicability into line with that applied in the EPO

In their decision, the five judges of the Supreme Court unanimously reversed the lower courts' decisions that HGS's patent for neutrokine-α was invalid as it lacked industrial application.

In doing so, they pointed to policy aims that biotech investment should...

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