A Paper Tiger? Compulsory License Regimes for Public Health in Europe

International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law (IIC), January 2011

37 Pages Posted: 2 Dec 2010

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Esther van Zimmeren

University of Leuven

Geertrui Van Overwalle

KU Leuven - Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP)

Date Written: December 1, 2010

Abstract

Lately, specially tailored compulsory license mechanisms aimed at serving public health have been established in France, Belgium and Switzerland. The introduction of these mechanisms was triggered by the controversy surrounding diagnostic gene patents. The present paper describes the (ongoing) global controversy and the conventional compulsory licenses, critically examines the newly introduced compulsory license mechanisms and compares them with the conventional compulsory license regimes.

Keywords: Patents, Licenses, Compulsory Licenses, License of Right, Public Health

JEL Classification: I18, K11, O32, O34, H51

Suggested Citation

van Zimmeren, Esther and Van Overwalle, Geertrui, A Paper Tiger? Compulsory License Regimes for Public Health in Europe (December 1, 2010). International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law (IIC), January 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1717974

Esther Van Zimmeren (Contact Author)

University of Leuven ( email )

Oude Markt 13
Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant 3000
Belgium

Geertrui Van Overwalle

KU Leuven - Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP) ( email )

Sint-Michielsstraat 6 box 3443
Leuven, 3000
Belgium

HOME PAGE: https://www.law.kuleuven.be/citip/en/staff/00015469

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