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Part 3 of 3: Patent Term Extension laws for Europe and the United States of America: compared and contrasted

This is the third and last part of the three-part series dedicated to the discussion on the comparison of the Patent Term Extension laws of Europe and the United States of America (USA). While part one of three, which discussed the comparison of terms used for the extension of patent term in Europe and the USA, relevant regulations, effective date of the regulations, authority to grant extension, and provisions of negative or zero extension, was more a kind of introductory one, second part took care of comparison on the basis of statutory requirements for the grant of extension along with possible interpretations of the relevant terms, scope of protection during the extended period of term, maximum number of extensions per product, maximum number of extensions per patent, calculation of period of extension, and this part is giving comparison of the total combined duration of market exclusivity of a general patent and extension, further extension of ‘extension of patent term’, patent term adjustment (PTA), period within which request for extension should be made, interim extension, application fees/ renewal fees, combination product, provision which may reduce the period of extension, terminal disclaimer and extension of patent term.

This table is a continuation of table 1 from part 1 and part 2

About the Author: Swapnil Patil, Patent Associate at Khurana & Khurana, Advocates and IP Attorneys and can be reached at [email protected]

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