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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 2-7

Patent protection strategies


1 Faculty of Pharmacy, Jamia Hamdard (Hamdard University), New Delhi-110 062, India
2 School of Pharmacy and Technology Management, SVKM's NMIMS University, Mumbai-56, India

Correspondence Address:
Himanshu Gupta
Faculty of Pharmacy, Jamia Hamdard (Hamdard University), New Delhi-110 062
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0975-7406.62694

PMID: 21814422

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It is widely recognized that the pharmaceutical industry faces serious financial challenges. Large numbers of blockbuster drugs are losing patent protection and going generic. The pipeline of new drugs is too sparse to fill the gap and generate a platform for future growth. Moreover, many of the new products are biologics with much narrower target patient populations and comparatively higher prices relative to traditional pharmaceuticals. So now the time has come for pharmaceutical scientists to have a better understanding of patent fundamentals. This need is illustrated by analyses of key scientific and legal issues that arose during recent patent infringement cases involving Prozac, Prilosec, and Buspar. Facing this scenario, the pharmaceutical industry has moved to accelerate drug development process and to adopt at the same time different strategies to extend the life time of the patent monopoly to provide the economic incentives and utilizing it for drug discovery and development. This review covers the need of patent protection and various strategies to extend the patent.


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