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More patents granted with a reduced term of protection due to Supreme Court
(BRPTO’s gazette of April 20, 2021)

Yesterday, more patents were granted with a reduced term of protection due to the preliminary injunction (PI) granted by Reporting-Justice Toffoli on April 7. You can learn more about Reporting-Justice Toffoli PI in our client alert from April 12, 2021.

In its Official Gazette #2624 of yesterday’s date, the BRPTO granted an additional 38 patents with a reduced term of protection, as the provision in the Sole Paragraph of Art. 40 of the Brazilian IP Statute was not applied to them, although they were eligible. Those 38 patents sum up to the 46 patents granted with a reduced term of protection in Official Gazette #2623.

Further explanation on the methodology the BRPTO will apply to identify the patents covering pharmaceutical products and processes and for equipment and materials “for use in healthcare” has been provided in an official communication published in the Official Gazette #2624. According to it, the following groups will have their term of protection reduced by applying the general rule of Art. 40:

  • Pharmaceutical products and processes will be identified by the IPCs that comply with Art. 229-C of the Brazilian IP Statute
  • Medical equipment and materials for use in healthcare will be determined as follows:
    - Applications related to medical technologies, having at least one of the following IPCs: A61B, A61C, A61D, A61F, A61G, A61H, A61J, A61L, A61M, A61N, or H05G, in any position.
    - Applications “for use in healthcare” having at least one of the following IPCs: A61K 6/00, C12Q, G01N 33.

Patents granted on BRPTO’s gazettes #2623 and #2624 affected by Justice Toffoli decision

Among the patents granted in BRPTO’s Official Gazette #2624 is PI 9914508-1, which has been granted albeit already expired. Although the BRPTO took almost 22 years to grant this patent, the BRPTO reduced its term of protection in this 11 years and six months and set its expiration date as October 13, 2019.  Annex I (below) shows the patents granted with a reduced term of protection due to Justice Toffoli’s decision.

Number of patents affected by Justice Toffoli’s decision, per patentee’s country

Licks Attorneys is actively engaged in all aspects of the case before the Supreme Court, with four partners scheduled to present oral arguments during the April 14, en banc hearing session. The firm represents associations covering a broad spectrum of patent owners in different arts. The latest developments concerning the case can be found on the firm’s specially developed website: https://www.lickslegal.com/information-about-the-brazilian-patent-system.

You can download a copy of BRPTO’s original communication here. For additional information, please contact info@lickslegal.com.

Annex I – Patents granted on BRPTO’s gazette #2623 and #2624 affected by Justice Toffoli’s decision
Patentee Patent number Term of protection lost Filing date Current term WO number
3SHAPE A/S BR 1120120212079 2 month(s) 24/02/2011 24/02/2031 2011/103879
ABT HOLDING COMPANY BR 11201200132979 month(s)21/07/201021/07/20302011/011500
ABT HOLDING COMPANY BR 11201202145192 month(s)23/02/201123/02/20312011/106365
AJINOMOTO CO, INC.PI 0902782-31 year(s) and 8 month(s)31/08/200931/08/2029 
ALLERGAN INC.PI 0714885-23 year(s) and 9 month(s)09/07/200709/07/20272008/008718
AMARIN CORPORATION PLC BR 11201200669277 month(s)23/09/201023/09/20302011/038122
AMGEN INC. PI 0911385-11 year(s) and 10 month(s)03/06/200903/06/20292009/149171
ANORMED INC. PI 0515918-05 year(s) and 7 month(s)26/09/200526/09/20252006/039250
ASTRA TECH AB PI 0813639-42 year(s) and 9 month(s)08/07/200808/07/20282009/007371
BAYER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY GMBHPI 0718480-83 year(s) and 6 month(s)06/10/200706/10/20272008/046532
BAYER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY GMBHPI 0819909-42 year(s) and 5 month(s)19/11/200819/11/20282009/068204
BECTON, DICKINSON AND COMPANY PI 0915953-31 year(s) and 9 month(s)21/07/200921/07/20292010/011664
BECTON, DICKINSON AND COMPANYBR 11201202141442 month(s)23/02/201123/02/20312011/106374
BEST ABT, INC.BR 11201200667907 month(s)21/09/201021/09/20302011/037615
BIO2 TECHNOLOGIES, INCBR 11201200032759 month(s)08/07/201008/07/20302011/005933
BIOCON LIMITED PI 0520622-75 year(s) and 6 month(s)13/10/200513/10/20252007/043059
CARDIOPRECISION LIMITEDPI 0906844-92 year(s) and 3 month(s)15/01/200915/01/20292009/090383
CAREFUSION 303, INC. BR 12201902528901 month(s)25/03/201125/03/20312012/011975
CELGENE INTERNATIONAL II SÁRLBR 11201201142715 month(s)15/11/201015/11/20302011/060392
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE
SCIENTIFIQUE (C.N.R.S.) (FR) / UNIVERSITÉ
PAUL SABATIER TOULOUSE III
BR 11201200730107 month(s)04/10/201004/10/20302011/039379
CHUGAI SEIYAKU KABUSHIKI KAISHAPI 0821110-82 year(s) and 4 month(s)05/12/200805/12/20282009/072604
CHUGAI SEIYAKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA PI 0617664-04 year(s) and 6 month(s)20/10/200620/10/20262007/046489
CILAG AGPI 0818249-32 year(s) and 6 month(s)10/10/200810/10/20282009/047314
CONDOR MEDTEC GMBHBR 11201202686351 month(s)18/03/201118/03/20312011/131162
DAIICHI SANKYO COMPANY, LIMITED PI 1013482-41 year(s) and 1 month(s)25/03/201025/03/20302010/110361
DEBIOPHARM S.A.PI 9914508-111 year(s) and 6 month(s)13/10/199913/10/20192000/021527
DESTINY PHARMA LIMITED PI 0512563-45 year(s) and 10 month(s)22/06/200522/06/20252006/000765
DSM IP ASSETS B.V. BR 12201502011951 year(s) and 1 month(s)22/03/201022/03/20302011/090493
D-X INDUSTRIA COMERCIO IMPORTAÇÃO
E EXPORTAÇÃO LTDA
MU 8802728-74 year(s) and 5 month(s)17/11/200817/11/2023 
EXELIXIS PATENT COMPANY LLC PI 1013259-711 month(s)26/05/201026/05/20302010/138598
EXELIXIS, INCPI 0617162-14 year(s) and 6 month(s)09/10/200609/10/20262007/044729
EXELIXIS, INC. PI 0617159-14 year(s) and 6 month(s)09/10/200609/10/20262007/044813
FUNDAÇÃO UNIVERSIDADE DE BRASÍLIAPI 0803141-02 year(s) and 10 month(s)02/07/200802/07/2028 
GENENTECH, INC PI 0510883-75 year(s) and 10 month(s)31/05/200531/05/20252005/117986
GENETECH, INCBR 11201200984626 month(s)26/10/201026/10/20302011/056606
GILEAD SCIENCES, INC.PI 1012638-41 year(s) and 1 month(s)01/04/201001/04/20302010/115000
GLAXOSMITHKLINE LLC PI 0911847-01 year(s) and 11 month(s)30/04/200930/04/20292009/134947
HAIDONG HUANGPI 1006104-51 year(s) and 3 month(s)06/01/201006/01/20302010/078842
ICEUTICA PTY LTDPI 1013835-81 year(s)23/04/201023/04/20302010/121323
INTERCEPT PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.PI 0921983-81 year(s) and 5 month(s)19/11/200919/11/20292010/059853
JANSSEN BIOTECH, INC. BR 11201200889126 month(s)15/10/201015/10/20302011/047298
JOHNSON & JOHNSON INDUSTRIA E COMÉRCIO LTDA PI 1001362-811 month(s)29/04/201029/04/2030 
K.U. LEUVEN RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
(BE) / GERHARD PÜRSTINGER
BR 12201807711007 year(s) and 10 month(s)03/07/200303/07/20232004/005286
KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N. VBR 11201201017146 month(s)11/10/201011/10/20302011/055250
KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N. VBR 11201201223045 month(s)15/11/201015/11/20302011/064688
MARINOMED BIOTECHNOLOGIE GMBH PI 0715070-93 year(s) and 8 month(s)03/08/200703/08/20272008/015007
MERCK SERONO S.P.A. PI 1011103-411 month(s)19/05/201019/05/20302010/134117
METABOLON, INC. PI 0815095-82 year(s) and 9 month(s)17/07/200817/07/20282009/014639
NORDMARK ARZNEIMITTEL GMBH & CO. KG PI 0922653-22 year(s) and 2 month(s)29/01/200929/01/20292010/085975
NOVARTIS AGBR 11201201342644 month(s)03/12/201003/12/20302011/067672
NOVARTIS AGBR 11201201350315 month(s)01/12/201001/12/20302011/068872
NOVO NORDISK A/S PI 1014760-810 month(s)25/06/201025/06/20302010/149772
ORION BIOTECHNOLOGY SWITZERLAND
SÀRL
PI 0715331-73 year(s) and 9 month(s)25/07/200725/07/20272008/012689
Patentee Patent number Term of protection lost Filing date Current term WO number
OSANG HEALTHCARE CO., LTD.PI 0809707-02 year(s) and 10 month(s)24/06/200824/06/20282009/048217
OSS-Q ABBR 11201202268601 month(s)10/03/201110/03/20312011/112145
PAION UK LIMITED PI 0714886-03 year(s) and 9 month(s)10/07/200710/07/20272008/007071
PALADIN LABS INC. PI 0917608-01 year(s) and 4 month(s)14/12/200914/12/20292010/066034
PEDRO CUNHA CHOCAIRMU 9003066-46 year(s) and 2 month(s)04/02/201004/02/2025 
PLASMA TECHNICS BR 11201200613137 month(s)16/09/201016/09/20302011/035074
PORTAL MEDICAL LTDBR 11201202137762 month(s)23/02/201123/02/20312011/104541
PORTAL MEDICAL LTDBR 11201202137842 month(s)23/02/201123/02/20312011/104539
RAPTOR PHARMACEUTICALS INC. BR 11201200469267 month(s)03/09/201003/09/20302011/029059
ROQUETTE FRERESPI 0612770-34 year(s) and 10 month(s)28/06/200628/06/20262007/006885
ROVERS HOLDING B.V. BR 11201300347268 month(s)17/08/201017/08/20302011/021931
SANOFI-AVENTIS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH PI 1008842-31 year(s) and 2 month(s)03/02/201003/02/20302010/089306
SOMALOGIC, INC.BR 11201202587290 month(s)12/04/201112/04/20312011/130289
SPINEWELDING AGPI 1009207-21 year(s) and 2 month(s)24/02/201024/02/20302010/096942
SUN PHARMA GLOBAL FZE PI 0918629-81 year(s) and 7 month(s)15/09/200915/09/20292010/033481
SYMRISE AG PI 0822929-52 year(s) and 9 month(s)10/07/200810/07/20282008/119841
SYNTHES GMBH PI 1006858-91 year(s) and 3 month(s)21/01/201021/01/20302010/085538
TAKEDA PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY
LIMITED
BR 12201702809614 year(s) and 7 month(s)29/08/200629/08/20262007/026916
TERUMO KABUSHIKI KAISHABR 11201200757807 month(s)13/09/201013/09/20302011/040218
TETRAHEDRON PI 0513733-05 year(s) and 9 month(s)22/07/200522/07/20252006/008190
THERAVANCE BIOPHARMA R&D IP, LLCPI 0814288-22 year(s) and 9 month(s)15/07/200815/07/20282009/014610
UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DE MINAS GERAIS PI 0705918-33 year(s) and 10 month(s)01/06/200701/06/2027 
UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DE MINAS GERAIS PI 0905584-31 year(s) and 4 month(s)23/12/200923/12/2029 
UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DE MINAS GERAIS PI 1013470-011 month(s)30/04/201030/04/2030 
UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DE MINAS GERAIS
- UFMG (BR/MG) / LUDWIG INSTITUTE FOR
CANCER RESEARCH LTD.
PI 1005909-17 month(s)02/09/201002/09/2030 
UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DE UBERLÂNDIA
(BR/MG) / FUNDAÇÃO DE AMPARO À
PESQUISA DO ESTADO DE MINAS GERAIS
(BR/MG) / IMUNOSCAN ENGENHARIA
MOLECULAR LTDA-ME
PI 0904827-81 year(s) and 5 month(s)06/11/200906/11/2029 
UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL FLUMINENSE PI 1003106-58 month(s)03/08/201003/08/2030 
UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA "LA
SAPIENZA" (IT) / UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI
DI PAVIA (IT) / UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DI
MILANO (IT) / FONDAZIONE IEO-CCM
BR 11201202706210 month(s)15/04/201115/04/20312011/131576
WISTA LABORATORIES LTD.BR 11201200662697 month(s)23/09/201023/09/20302011/036561
WW TECHNOLOGY AG PI 0919566-11 year(s) and 6 month(s)20/10/200920/10/20292010/045749
WYETH PI 0611600-04 year(s) and 10 month(s)16/06/200616/06/20262006/138553

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