Comparative Patent Compulsory Licensing Under COVID-19

4 Pages Posted: 21 Apr 2020 Last revised: 11 May 2020

Date Written: April 19, 2020


It is fascinating to see how the law has always followed human needs and development. Historically, when a new issue was rising, governments started to legislate in order to ensure social stability and to maintain citizens’ trust in politics, but sometimes the regulatory process may be undertaken in advance. Indeed, even if the compulsory licensing procedure has always been one of the flexibilities of the TRIPS agreement, ever since 1995, it has sporadically been used by some states while other nations have never applied this flexibility at all. Recently, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance and the popularity of compulsory licenses have been growing all over the world.

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Lo Bianco, Federico, Comparative Patent Compulsory Licensing Under COVID-19 (April 19, 2020). Available at SSRN: or

Federico Lo Bianco (Contact Author)

Kore University of Enna ( email )

Cittadella Universitaria
Enna, 94100

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