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Principle that profiteering from illegal acts should be prevented does not apply to patent infringements, rules Supreme Court

A legal principle designed to prevent businesses from profiteering from illegal acts does not apply if that profiteering would stem from infringing patent rights, the UK Supreme Court has ruled. 30 Oct 2014

Medical Innovation 'Saatchi' Bill passes through Lords committee stage

Proposed new UK laws that aim to provide doctors with greater freedom to prescribe innovative new treatments for patients with chronic illnesses are closer to being finalised after they passed through the House of Lords committee stage late last week. 29 Oct 2014

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Patent holder rights to bar parallel imports of their drugs from EU accession states not automatic, CJEU advisor says

Pharmaceutical companies should not be allowed to prevent drugs they put onto market in an EU accession state from being imported into a more established EU country where they hold patent rights for those medicines unless they signal their intention to rely... 24 Oct 2014

AbbVie: "risks and uncertainty" of US tax policy behind decision to drop Shire bid

US pharmaceutical company AbbVie dropped its proposed £54 billion acquisition of UK rival Shire as a direct result of changes to the way in which authorities in the US treat cross-border mergers for corporate tax purposes, it has confirmed. 21 Oct 2014

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