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By Alex Gloor, Christopher D. Bown, Cole Meagher In Canada, claims to new uses based on the discovery of “hitherto unrecognized properties” constitute patentable subject matter. Use claims in the context of pharmaceutical inventions are also allowed; claims to the “use in the treatment or prophylaxis” of AIDS were unanimously held by the Supreme Court […]

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