EU Plans IP Law Shake-Up
New Patent Scheme And SPCs Are In The Frame
European Commission proposals for strengthening intellectual property protections in the EU, particularly the supplementary protection certificate (SPC) system, have been broadly welcomed by the European pharmaceutical industry federation EFPIA. But the medical NGO, MSF, says the SPC proposals run counter to the commission’s own efforts to improve access to medicines.
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The EU has published an action plan that is intended to upgrade the bloc’s intellectual property framework while ensuring that goods such as medicines and vaccines are made as widely available as possible. The initiative is part of wide-ranging plans to support member states’ recovery from the pandemic crisis and help ensure the EU’s resilience to future health threats.
The EU pharmaceutical strategy published on 25 November will be the first step in a “complete overhaul” of the medicines legislative framework to be proposed in about two years’ time, says the European Commission.
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