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European Union Adopts Regulation on Compulsory Licensing of Pharmaceutical Products for Export
The Journal of World Intellectual Property (2007)
  • Jakob Cornides
Abstract
On 17 May 2006, the European Union adopted new legislation implementing the World Trade Organization (WTO) General Council Decision of 30 August 2003: Council Regulation 816/2006. This regulation aims to reflect faithfully the compromise negotiated at the WTO without creating an unnecessary burden for importing countries. Not all expectations articulated by the non-governmental organization community could be met. Yet, criticism against the regulation seems premature: the value of compulsory licensing rules does not depend on the number of compulsory licences granted, but on the pressure such provisions exert on patentees to make their product available at a reasonable price.
Keywords
  • patents,
  • compulsory licences,
  • European Union,
  • WTO
Disciplines
Publication Date
February 7, 2007
Citation Information
Jakob Cornides. "European Union Adopts Regulation on Compulsory Licensing of Pharmaceutical Products for Export" The Journal of World Intellectual Property Vol. 10 Iss. 1 (2007)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jakob_cornides/2/