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88 Post-patent Agrochemical AIs Defence Strategie Report -- Patent Expiry from 2000 to 2017

  • Publisher: Enigma Marketing Research (EMR)
  • Publication date: Jul. 7, 2016
  • Format: Electronic – PDF
  • Pages: 535
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Summary
Table of contents
The culmination of 16 years of scrutinising patent expiry of agrochemical active ingredients (a.is.), this new report analyses quantitative and qualitative data of 88 a.is. whose patent expiry dates span 2000 to 2017.   

With a market value of US$ 21 billion, these 88 a.is. represent 36% of the US$ 60 billion crop protection market. Most analysts suggest that generic products have captured 25-30% of the total crop protection market, yet, for these 88 a.is., generic companies only have on average a 11% market share – why is this? Each a.i. is explored to determine the extent of generic sector activity post expiry of its patent.  

This report covers a.is. from blockbusters such as: azoxystrobin, prothioconazole, fipronil, mesotrione, pyraclostrobin and thiamethoxam to more niche market products such as: amicarbazone, spirodiclofen, spiroxamine and topramezone.  

Since the year 2000, we have published eight reports titled “New Off-Patent/Generic Agrochemicals – Post 20XX©” (the latest is - Post 2015). These reports profiled active ingredients (a.is.) which would lose patent protection over the subsequent four year period. Over 170 a.is. have been examined in total.   

The new report identifies and profiles 88 a.is. and analyses the success or failure of the generic sector to penetrate the market. (This report does not profile the older a.is. with patents expiring pre-2000 such as 2,4-D, glyphosate, chlorpyrifos, glufosinate etc.

Section 1: Post-patent defence strategies  
This report analyses the post-patent defence strategies employed by inventor companies for each, a.i. and how successful these have been in defending the market.  
In order to analyse how successful the inventor company has been in retaining market share each a.i. profile looks at the strategies employed by the patent holder to protect market share and includes:-  
• Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) - patent term extension and supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) • Mixture product strategy • Registrations - data protection issues • Marketing – licensing strategies • Existence of other non-crop markets  
This report therefore identifies where the opportunities are for the generic sector to gain further market share and how vulnerable the inventor company is to generic competition.
With a total market value of US $21 billion the major sectors are:-  
• Fungicides total sales of US $8.8 billion.  • Herbicides total sales of US $6 billion. • Insecticides total sales of US $5.8 billion.   

Throughout this study, the importance of mixture products in defending a market from generics is frequently demonstrated and highlights how important the granting of patents for many of these mixtures has helped the inventor companies maintain such a high % market share.   

The off-patent/generic sector of the US $60 billion agrochemical crop protection industry has been growing in relative terms, however, much of this is still controlled by the inventor companies and in our analysis of each a.i. we look at the importance of IPR, especially IPR for mixture products, licensing deals and data protection rights provided by registration systems in post-patent defence strategies.   
 
 
Section 2: Profiles of 88 active ingredients  
Each profile includes:  
• EU and/or US patent number
• EU patent expiry date (confirmation of SPCs for the active  ingredient and mixture products)
• Global sales at farm level of a.i. (including mixture  products)
• Global sales of inventor company
• Global sales of major licensee companies
• % share of market taken by generic competition
• Major commercial development milestones pre-patent expiry
• Major commercial development milestones post-patent expiry
• Major crops
• Major markets
• Major mixture products
• Listed manufacturers of the a.i.
• Analysis of where the major opportunities are for generic competition.