Pharma Alert Q&A: Viread China’s First Victim of Compulsory Licensing?

Innovative pharmaceuticals take notice. Reuters’ Tan Ee Lyn asserts that China “overhauled parts of its intellectual property laws” to allow generics companies to start exploiting patented medicines cheaply. In other words allowing compulsory licensing. Tan mentioned one medicine for HIV patients as a possible candidate for compulsory licensing.



China is known to be looking at Gilead Sciences Inc’s tenofovir, which is recommended by the World Health Organisation as part of a first-line cocktail treatment for AIDS patients, two
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China Wants Legally-Binding Climate Agreement, But Has Many Demands

The degradation of the environment is China’s biggest challenge. Remember March of this year (2011), when the Chinese government released its 12th Five-Year Plan it emphasised sustainable economic growth and came up with policy objectives and quantitative targets that foster green technology. It also announced that there must be a 16 percent cut in energy consumption […]

How Green Should Patents in China Be? Poisonous Green

9 articles to go: IP Dragon on its way to its 1000th article If you live in China, you will easily see one of its biggest problems: pollution. In China car manufacturers claim that they are unable to produce low-cost hybrid cars because of a small number of companies that have patented key components, writes […]

Are Statutory Compensation Rules For Inventors Scary?

In the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) Asia of March 18, 2010, Andrew Browne and Jason Dean wrote an interesting article called ‘Foreign businesses sour on China’. IP Dragon was happy to see that patent law in China was on the front page and page 17 of the WSJ Asia. The authors of the article assert […]

TRIPs Amendment; China’s Medicine For A New Pandemic?

It is good to be prepared for the worst. Zhu Zhe of the China Daily reports that last Sunday, during the 30th session of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, China’s legislature accepted an amendment to the World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) to enhance access to […]

Compulsory Licensing: Philips About to Bring A WTO Case Against Taiwan

Taiwanese company GigaStorage has a conflict with Dutch company Philips about a patent for the manufacturing of CD’s since 1999. After a complaint at the Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission it applied for a compulsory license of Philips’ patent for the manufacturing of CD’s, based on article 79 Taiwan’s Patent Law, which states:“In the case of […]