New measures for digital advertising of medicines in the 2021 Farmaindustria Code

On January 1, a new version of the Farmaindustria Code, will enter into force, replacing the current version, issued in 2016. This post aims to highlight the most striking innovations in terms of promoting prescription medicines in a   digital environment, including advertising on social networks. The Pharmaceutical Industry Code of Best Practices (the Farmaindustria Code) […]

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How to protect innovation in the cosmetics industry: patents, utility models or trade secrets?

The cosmetics industry in Spain is a clear example of innovation and competition. According to the Spanish Cosmetics, Toiletries and Perfumery Association (STANPA), Spain generates around 36% of the industry’s European patents. Companies in this field invest between 3.4% and 5% of their turnover in R+D+i, a percentage that is well above that of other […]

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New setback for DABUS: An artificial intelligence system cannot be an inventor

Both the European Patent Office (EPO) and the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) have refused the first patent applications designating an artificial intelligence (AI) system, called DABUS, as an inventor, considering that only a natural person can be an inventor. DABUS (device and method for the autonomous bootstrapping of unified sentience) is an artificial […]

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