The Rule of Reason under Article 82 EC after Sot Lelos Kai Sia

29 Pages Posted: 7 Jul 2009 Last revised: 2 Sep 2015

Tu T. Nguyen

Faculty of Law, Lund University

Timo Minssen

University of Copenhagen - Centre for Information & Innovation Law - Faculty of Law

Xavier Groussot

Lund University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: July 7, 2009

Abstract

Using Sot. Lelos kai Sia as a starting point, the main purpose of this paper is to investigate the trend of application of the rule of reason under Article 82 EC with respect to a refusal to supply in the European Union (EU) pharmaceutical market. In addition, some procedural issues deriving from this case and Syfait shall be analyzed in the beginning. In the light of that purpose, section 2 of this paper considers procedural concerns raised by those two cases with regard to the functioning of Regulation 1/2003. Section 3 then examines the application of the rule of reason under Article 82 EC to refusal to supply both before and in Sot. Lelos kai Sia. Moreover, section 4 identifies the issues which are still left open by this case. Next, section 5 considers potential developments towards a full fledged rule of reason under Article 82. Finally, section 6 draws implications for the pharmaceutical industry.

Keywords: rule of reason, refusal to supply, parallel trade, pharmaceutical sector, Article 82 EC

JEL Classification: L41

Suggested Citation

Nguyen, Tu T. and Minssen, Timo and Groussot, Xavier, The Rule of Reason under Article 82 EC after Sot Lelos Kai Sia (July 7, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1431010 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1431010

Tu T. Nguyen (Contact Author)

Faculty of Law, Lund University ( email )

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Timo Minssen

University of Copenhagen - Centre for Information & Innovation Law - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Xavier Groussot

Lund University - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Lund, 222 22
Sweden

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