Hello, my name is Dr. Jonathan Atkinson from HGF in Leeds.
I have a degree and a Doctorate in Chemistry from Oxford University.
My doctoral thesis was sponsored by Glaxo,
the pharmaceutical company and concerned the synthesis of morphine-type alkaloids.
I'm a European patent attorney,
and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Today, I'm going to talk to you about,
an "Introduction to patents in the pharmaceutical industry".
So, today's aims, are to understand why patents
and other IP rights are important in the pharma industry.
The value of some drugs can be enormous.
An example of this,
is the well-known drug Viagra.
In a further example,
is the well-known drug Lipitor.
Both of these drugs were worth more than a billion dollars a year in turnover,
for the companies that owned them.
We're going to understand the types of subject matter that can be covered by patents
because many things besides the drug itself can be patented, and then finally,
we're also going to understand the basis for identifying
and challenging pending and granted patent rights,
and the reason for this,
is that patents aren't always valid and
enforceable so they can be challenged if problematic.
So, let's dive a little deeper into the subject;
and just for your amusement,
that's me on the left in the picture.