The monitoring of patent settlements (fourth report)

By Dr Wolfgang Rehmann and Diana Heimhalt

On 9 December 2013, the European Commission published its report on the monitoring of patent settlements concerning the period from January to December 2012. The intention of the European Commission is to continue the monitoring of patent settlements between originator and generic companies and to identify those settlements that delay generic market entry to the detriment of the European consumer, possibly in violation of European competition law.

According to the fourth monitoring exercise undertaken by the European Commission, 183 patent settlement agreements were concluded in the European Economic Area (EEA) between 1 January 2012 and 31 December 2012. Therefore, the present exercise has confirmed the increasing use of patent settlements in the European pharmaceutical sector. The results show that the commission’s announcement that it would continue scrutinising this kind of settlement in the future has not hindered companies from concluding settlements in general…

If you are registered and logged in to the site, click on the link below to read the Taylor Wessing briefing. If not, please register or sign in with your details below.  

Briefings from Taylor Wessing

View more briefings from Taylor Wessing

Analysis from The Lawyer

  • merger deal

    Corporate crunch time: who will triumph at The Lawyer Awards 2014?

    As the equity capital markets rocketed back into favour and global M&A saw at least a partial return to form, there have been some rich pickings for The Lawyer’s Corporate Team of the Year award shortlisted firms in 2014. 

  • singapore orchid

    Singapore: Cash course

    The city-state is working hard to become a global wealth management hub, and law firms are gearing up for a prosperous new world

View more analysis from The Lawyer


5 New Street Square

Turnover (£m): 241.20
No. of lawyers: 860 (UK 200)
Jurisdiction: UK
No. of offices: 4
No. of qualified lawyers: 67 (International 50)