Feb 15, 2018

Russian Roadmap for Competition in Healthcare Targets Innovative Drug Developers and Pharmaceutical Patents

Pharmaceutical Patents

On January 12, 2018, the Russian Federation published an ambitious Roadmap For Development of Competition in Healthcare, including the latest shot across the bow of innovative drug developers, who are bracing for the possible loss of antitrust immunity, the establishment of procedures for compulsory licensing of pharmaceutical patents, the loss of exclusivity to data in applications for registration of pharmaceuticals, and other measures. Legislative initiatives to limit the scope of patent protection for pharmaceutical products are driven by the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) but opposed by the Ministry of Health and the Russian patent and trademark office (“Rospatent”).  At least… Read more