European Commission Launches Monitoring of Patent Settlements Concluded Between Pharmaceutical Companies

January 13, 2010
The European Commission confirmed in a press release on January 12, 2010 that it has issued requests for information to certain pharmaceutical companies asking them to submit their patent settlement agreements for analysis by the Commission. This latest use by the Commission of its extensive investigation powers confirms that patent settlements are a priority on the Commission’s enforcement agenda in the pharmaceutical sector. This update examines the Commission’s efforts.