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Patents and the EU medical devices sector: a slumbering volcano

This article was originally published in RAJ Devices

Executive Summary

The patent situation regarding medical devices in the EU may not be as volatile as that of their pharmaceutical counterparts, but litigation in the sector appears to be on the increase. Whilst the European Commission’s focus on competition in the pharmaceutical sector may begin to fade, there are suggestions that it may turn its gaze towards medical devices. In addition, a more contentious issue has arisen that is likely to have a significant impact on both sectors.




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