Regulations Respecting a Notice of Compliance Pertaining to Patented Medicines

SOR/93-133

SHORT TITLE

Section 1.  

These Regulations may be cited as the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations.

INTERPRETATION

Section 2.  

In these Regulations,

claim for the dosage form means a claim for a delivery system for administering a medicinal ingredient in a drug or a formulation of a drug that includes within its scope that medicinal ingredient or formulation;

claim for the formulation means a claim for a substance that is a mixture of medicinal and non-medicinal ingredients in a drug and that is administered to a patient in a particular dosage form;

claim for the medicinal ingredient includes a claim in the patent for the medicinal ingredient, whether chemical or biological in nature, when prepared or produced by the methods or processes of manufacture particularly described and claimed in the patent, or by their obvious chemical equivalents, and also includes a claim for different polymorphs of the medicinal ingredient, but does not include different chemical forms of the medicinal ingredient;

claim for the use of the medicinal ingredient means a for the diagnosis, treatment, mitigation or prevention of a disease, disorder or abnormal physical state, or its symptoms;

court means the Federal Court or any other superior of competent jurisdiction;

expire means, in relation to a patent, , lapse or terminate by operation of law;

first person means the person referred to in subsection 4(1);

Minister means the of Health;

notice of compliance means a notice issued under section C.08.004 or C.08.004.01 of the Food and Drug Regulations;

patent list means a list submitted under subsection 4(1);

register means the of patents and other information maintained by the Minister in accordance with subsection 3(2);

second person means the person referred to in subsection 5(1) or (2) who files a submission or supplement referred to in those subsections.

REGISTER AND PATENT LIST

Section 3.  

(1) The following definitions apply in this section and in section 4.

(2) The Minister shall maintain a register of patents and other information submitted under section 4. To maintain the register, the Minister may refuse to add or may delete any patent or other information that does not meet the requirements of that section.

(3) If a patent is listed on the register in respect of a new drug submission or supplement to a new drug submission for a drug for which the identification number has been cancelled under paragraph C.01.014.6(1)(a) of the Food and Drug Regulations, the Minister shall delete the patent from the register 90 days after the date of cancellation.

(4) Subsection (3) does not apply if the identification number is cancelled under paragraph C.01.014.6(1)(a) of the Food and Drug Regulations because of a change in manufacturer.

(5) If, after an identification number is cancelled under paragraph C.01.014.6(1)(a) of the Food and Drug Regulations, an identification number is assigned for the same drug, the Minister shall add to the register the patent that was deleted under subsection (3) when the Minister receives the document required by section C.01.014.3 of the Food and Drug Regulations in respect of the drug.

(6) The register shall be open to public inspection during business hours.

(7) No patent on a patent list or other information submitted under section 4 shall be added to the register until after the Minister has issued a notice of compliance in respect of the new drug submission or the supplement to a new drug submission, as the case may be, to which the patent or information relates.

(8) For the purpose of deciding whether a patent, patent list or other information will be added to or deleted from the register, the Minister may consult with officers or employees of the Patent Office.

Section 3.1  

(1) The Minister shall not delete from the register a patent on a patent list that was submitted before June 17, 2006, unless

(2) The Minister shall not refuse to add to the register a patent on a patent list that was submitted before June 17, 2006 solely on the basis that the patent is not relevant to the submission for a notice of compliance to which the patent list relates.

Section 4.  

(1) A first person who files or who has filed a new drug submission or a supplement to a new drug submission may submit to the Minister a patent list in relation to the submission or supplement for addition to the register.

(2) A patent on a patent list in relation to a new drug submission is eligible to be added to the register if the patent contains

(3) A patent on a patent list in relation to a supplement to a new drug submission is eligible to be added to the register if the supplement is for a change in formulation, a change in dosage form or a change in use of the medicinal ingredient, and

(4) A patent list shall contain the following:

(5) Subject to subsection (6), a first person who submits a patent list must do so at the time the person files the new drug submission or the supplement to a new drug submission to which the patent list relates.

(6) A first person may, after the date of filing of a new drug submission or a supplement to a new drug submission, and within 30 days after the issuance of a patent that was issued on the basis of an application that has a filing date in Canada that precedes the date of filing of the submission or supplement, submit a patent list, including the information referred to in subsection (4), in relation to the submission or supplement.

(7) A first person who has submitted a patent list must keep the information on the list up to date but, in so doing, may not add a patent to the list.

(8) The Minister shall insert on the patent list the date of filing and submission number of the new drug submission or the supplement to a new drug submission in relation to which the list was submitted.

Section 4.1  

(1) In this section, supplement to the new drug submission means a supplement to a new drug submission or a supplement to an extraordinary use new drug submission as those terms are used in Division 8 of Part C of the Food and Drug Regulations.

(2) A first person who submits a patent list in relation to a new drug submission referred to in subsection 4(2) may, if the list is added to the register, resubmit the same list in relation to a supplement to the new drug submission, but may not submit a new patent list in relation to a supplement except in accordance with subsection 4(3).

Section 5.  

(1) If a second person files a submission for a notice of compliance in respect of a drug and the submission directly or indirectly compares the drug with, or makes reference to, another drug marketed in Canada under a notice of compliance issued to a first person and in respect of which a patent list has been submitted, the second person shall, in the submission, with respect to each patent on the register in respect of the other drug,

(2) If a second person files a supplement to a submission referred to in subsection (1) seeking a notice of compliance for a change in formulation, a change in dosage form or a change in use of the medicinal ingredient and the supplement directly or indirectly compares the drug with, or makes reference to, another drug that has been marketed in Canada under a notice of compliance issued to a first person and in respect of which a patent list has been submitted, the second person shall, in the supplement, with respect to each patent on the register in respect of the other drug,

(3) A second person who makes an allegation under paragraph (1)(b) or (2)(b) shall

(4) A second person is not required to comply with

(5) For the purposes of subsections (3) and (4), if subsection (1) or (2) applies to a submission or supplement referred to in paragraph C.07.003(b) of the Food and Drug Regulations, if the drug to which the comparison or reference is made is an innovative drug within the meaning of subsection C.08.004.1(1) of those Regulations and if the date of filing of the submission or supplement is less than six years from the day on which the first notice of compliance was issued in respect of the innovative drug, the deemed date of filing of the submission or supplement is six years after the date of issuance of the notice of compliance.

(6) A second person who has served a notice of allegation on a first person under paragraph (3)(a) shall retract the notice of allegation and serve notice of the retraction on the first person within 90 days after either of the following dates:

(7) A first person who has applied for a prohibition order under subsection 6(1) in response to a notice of allegation shall, if the notice is retracted in accordance with subsection (6), apply without delay for a discontinuance of the proceedings.

RIGHT OF ACTION

Section 6.  

(1) A first person may, within 45 days after being served with a notice of allegation under paragraph 5(3)(a), apply to a court for an order prohibiting the Minister from issuing a notice of compliance until after the expiration of a patent that is the subject of the notice of allegation.

(2) The court shall make an order pursuant to subsection (1) in respect of a patent that is the subject of one or more allegations if it finds that none of those allegations is justified.

(3) The first person shall, within the 45 days referred to in subsection (1), serve the Minister with proof that an application referred to in that subsection has been made.

(4) Where the first person is not the owner of each patent that is the subject of an application referred to in subsection (1), the owner of each such patent shall be made a party to the application.

(5) Subject to subsection (5.1), in a proceeding in respect of an application under subsection (1), the court may, on the motion of a second person, dismiss the application in whole or in part

(5.1) In a proceeding in respect of an application under subsection (1), the court shall not dismiss an application in whole or in part solely on the basis that a patent on a patent list that was submitted before June 17, 2006 is not eligible for inclusion on the register.

(6) For the purposes of an application referred to in subsection (1), if a second person has made an allegation under subparagraph 5(1)(b)(iv) or (2)(b)(iv) in respect of a patent and the patent was granted for the medicinal ingredient when prepared or produced by the methods or processes of manufacture particularly described and claimed in the patent, or by their obvious chemical equivalents, it shall be considered that the drug proposed to be produced by the second person is, in the absence of proof to the contrary, prepared or produced by those methods or processes.

(7) On the motion of a first person, the court may, at any time during a proceeding,

(8) A document produced under subsection (7) shall be treated confidentially.

(9) In a proceeding in respect of an application under subsection (1), a court may make any order in respect of costs, including on a solicitor-and-client basis, in accordance with the rules of the court.

(10) In addition to any other matter that the court may take into account in making an order as to costs, it may consider the following factors:

NOTICE OF COMPLIANCE

Section 7.  

(1) The Minister shall not issue a notice of compliance to a second person before the latest of

(b) the day on which the second person complies with section 5,

(c) subject to subsection (3), the expiration of any patent on the register that is not the subject of an allegation,

(d) subject to subsection (3), the expiration of 45 days after the receipt of proof of service of a notice of allegation under paragraph 5(3)(a) in respect of any patent on the register,

(e) subject to subsections (2), (3) and (4), the expiration of 24 months after the receipt of proof of the making of any application under subsection 6(1), and

(f) the expiration of any patent that is the subject of an order pursuant to subsection 6(1).

(2) Paragraph (1)(e) does not apply if at any time, in respect of each patent that is the subject of an application pursuant to subsection 6(1),

(3) Paragraphs (1)(c), (d) and (e) do not apply in respect of a patent if the owner of the patent has consented to the making, constructing, using or selling of the drug in Canada by the second person.

(4) Paragraph (1)(e) ceases to apply in respect of an application under subsection 6(1) if the application is withdrawn or discontinued by the first person or is dismissed by the court hearing the application.

(5) If the court has not yet made an order under subsection 6(1) in respect of an application, the court may

Section 8.  

(1) If an application made under subsection 6(1) is withdrawn or discontinued by the first person or is dismissed by the court hearing the application or if an order preventing the Minister from issuing a notice of compliance, made pursuant to that subsection, is reversed on appeal, the first person is liable to the second person for any loss suffered during the period

(2) A second person may, by action against a first person, apply to the court for an order requiring the first person to compensate the second person for the loss referred to in subsection (1).

(3) The court may make an order under this section without regard to whether the first person has commenced an action for the infringement of a patent that is the subject matter of the application.

(4) If a court orders a first person to compensate a second person under subsection (1), the court may, in respect of any loss referred to in that subsection, make any order for relief by way of damages that the circumstances require.

(5) In assessing the amount of compensation the court shall take into account all matters that it considers relevant to the assessment of the amount, including any conduct of the first or second person which contributed to delay the disposition of the application under subsection 6(1).

(6) The Minister is not liable for damages under this section.

SERVICE

Section 9.  

(1) Service of any document referred to in these Regulations shall be effected personally or by registered mail.

(2) Service by registered mail shall be deemed to be effected on the addressee five days after mailing.

RELATED PROVISIONS

 SOR/98-166, s. 9

9. (1) Subsection 4(4) does not apply to an allegation if, before the coming into force of these Regulations, it was served on the first person, if proof of that service was served on the Minister and if the first person has commenced a proceeding under subsection 6(1).

  (2) Subsections 6(5) and (9) and paragraphs 6(10)(a) and (b) of the Regulations, as enacted by section 5, apply to an application pending on the coming into force of these Regulations.

  (3) Subsections 6(6) to (8) and paragraph 6(10)(c) of the Regulations, as enacted by section 5, apply to an application commenced on or after the coming into force of these Regulations.

  (4) Paragraph 7(1)(e) of the Regulations, as enacted by subsection 6(2), applies to an application made on or after the coming into force of these Regulations. Paragraph 7(1)(e) of the Regulations as it read before the coming into force of these Regulations, continues to apply to an application pending at the time of that coming into force.

  (5) Subsection 7(5) of the Regulations, as enacted by subsection 6(3), applies to an application pending on the coming into force of these Regulations.

  (6) Section 8 of the Regulations, as enacted by section 8, applies to an application pending on the coming into force of these Regulations.]

 SOR/2006-242, s. 6

6. Section 4 of the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations, as enacted by section 2 of these Regulations, does not apply to patents on a patent list submitted prior to June 17, 2006.

 SOR/2006-242, s. 7

7. (1) Subsection 5(1) of the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations, as enacted by section 2 of these Regulations, applies to a second

person who has filed a submission referred to in subsection 5(1) prior to the coming into force of these Regulations and the date of filing of the

submission is deemed to be the date of the coming into force of these Regulations.

  (2) Subsection 5(2) of the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations, as enacted by section 2 of these Regulations, applies to a second person who has filed a supplement to a submission referred to in subsection 5(2) prior to the coming into force of these Regulations and the date of filing of the supplement is deemed to be the date of the coming into force of these Regulations.

 SOR/2006-242, s. 8

8. Subsection 8(4) of the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations, as enacted by subsection 5(2) of these Regulations, does not apply to an action commenced under section 8 of the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations prior to the coming into force of these Regulations.

 SOR/2008-211, s. 4

4. (1) Words and expressions used in this section have the same meaning as in the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations.

  (2) If, after March 29, 2007, the Minister deleted from the register a patent on a patent list that was submitted before June 17, 2006 solely on the basis that the patent was not relevant to the submission for a notice of compliance to which the patent list relates, the first person may, within 30 days after the day on which these Regulations come into force, deliver a written request to the Minister asking that the patent be added to the register.

  (3) The Minister shall, within 30 days after the day on which the request referred to in subsection (2) is received, add the patent to the register.

  (4) If, after March 29, 2007, the Minister refused to add to the register a patent on a patent list submitted before June 17, 2006 solely on the basis that the patent was not relevant to the submission for a notice of compliance to which the patent list relates, the first person may, within 30 days after the day on which these Regulations come into force, deliver a written request to the Minister asking that the patent be added to the register.

  (5) The Minister shall, within 30 days after the later of the day on which the request referred to in subsection (4) is received and the day on which the notice of compliance referred to in that subsection is issued, add the patent to the register.

  (6) A second person is not required to comply with subsection 5(1) of the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations in respect of a patent added to the register under subsection (3) or (5) on or after the date of filing of the submission referred to in that subsection 5(1).

  (7) A second person is not required to comply with subsection 5(2) of the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations in respect of a patent added to the register under subsection (3) or (5) on or after the date of filing of the supplement referred to in that subsection 5(2).

  (8) Subsection 6(5.1) of the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations does not apply to a motion of the second person brought under subsection 6(5) of those Regulations before the date of the publication of these Regulations in Part I of the Canada Gazette.


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