OM Weekly Digest (17-06-2016)

 

COLOMBIA | Patents, Regulatory | For second time in Colombia, a Compulsory License is denied

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The Ministry of Health and Social Protection rules out the granting of a Compulsory License for a patent covering the β polymorph of imatinib (Glivec®) from Novartis AG, ending the Administrative Procedure for the Declaration of Public Interest (DPI) seeking a Compulsory License.

Specifically, Resolution 2475 (14 June 2016) declares Imatinib (Glivec®) as a pharmaceutical of public interest, requesting the National Pharmaceutical Price Commission (NPPC) to consider a new methodology to determine the price of Glivec.

This is the second time that a Compulsory License in Colombia is denied.  Previously, it was intended to obtain a Compulsory License for Kaletra® Antiretroviral, denied by Regulation 1444 (8 May 2009).

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COLOMBIA| Intellectual Property | Superintendence of Industry and Commerce introduces a new online IP system: deadlines will be suspended

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The new system replaces the current platform, and will be characterized because will allow to perform the entire prosecution digitally.

The implementation of the new system means the replacement of the actual platform, reason for which the SIC will suspend temporarily all procedures in trademarks and patents.  This implies a terms suspension for all IP procedures before SIC between 1 to 18 July 2016, highlighting the following dates:

  • Last notification list: 28 June.
  • Last SIC IP Gazette (No. 765): 30 June.
  • SIC’s IP physical office closure: 30 June at 16:00 hours (UTC -5).
  • Actual online system shutdown: 30 June at 23:59 hours (UTC -5).
  • Start of deadlines suspension: 1 July.
  • New IP system opening: 18 July.

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Here you can see SIC’s new online IP system implementation chronogram.

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COLOMBIA | Consumer Law | Colombian Congress evaluates Bill against abuses towards electricity and natural gas domiciliary users

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The Bill (No. 097 of 2015, from the House of Representatives) seeks the protection of energy and natural gas public services users.  The Bill will update the Domiciliary Public Services Law (No. 142 of 1994) and wants to ensure a balance in the contractual relationship between public services companies and users.

Its main developments are in equating the conditions of users and providers in domiciliary public services contracts, the establishment of grounds allowing to users ceasing execution of these contracts and the definition of criteria on abuse of dominant position.

Here you can see the last available Bill text, and the next link show the issuing process history.

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