Brazil Considers Easier Path For Compulsory Licensing
President Is Unlikely To Sign Off Bill
A bill amending Brazilian patent law to make compulsory licensing easier has passed the senate but still must be signed off by president Jair Bolsonaro.
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Companies in Brazil will not have to provide know-how and other detailed information on patents that are subject to compulsory licenses, although other provisions of a law passed last year to ease the compulsory licensing process remain in place.
The European Commission is to present the World Health Organization with a set of proposals to tackle the barriers to the global rollout of COVID-19 vaccines. They include allowing the issue of compulsory licenses without consulting the rights holder, encouraging vaccine companies to expand production through licensing deals and contract manufacturing, and eliminating vaccine export restrictions.
Brazil’s health technology assessment institute is to incorporate cost-effectiveness thresholds into its decision making.