"Rising from the ashes of the expired patent" might seem a trifle dramatic for a weblog theme, but there's a new blog on the block and it's aimed at a subject which is as important as it is neglected -- the extension of patents, particularly through the mechanism of supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) which is favoured within the European Union.
Right: the phoenix -- an apt theme for SPCs?
Piloted by IPKat team member Jeremy together with his friends Rob Stephen and Catherine Katzka, this niche blog is
"dedicated to the issues that arise when supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) extend patents beyond their normal life -- and to the respective positions of patent owners, investors, competitors and consumers. The blog also addresses wider issues that may be of interest or use to those involved in the extension of patent rights".Jeremy, Rob and Catherine hope to put together a handy bundle of source materials and further reading on SPCs and, if sufficient interest emerges, to help build a little community of people who are concerned about how patent extension works, in theory and in practice, and who want to share their thoughts with others.
You're welcome to visit The SPC Blog here.