In some cases, national authorities may license companies or individuals other than the patent owner to use the rights of the patent without the consent of the patent owner. “Compulsory licensing in Europe” provides a country-by-country overview of compulsory licensing regimes across the 38 EPC contracting states including possible grounds for grant, procedural framework and jurisprudence.
Compulsory licensing in EuropeOverview
Compulsory licensing in Europe
Compulsory licensing in Europe has been prepared by the European Patent Office (EPO) and various authors for training and information purposes only. Although it has been prepared with great care, it cannot be guaranteed that the information it contains is accurate and up-to-date, nor is it meant to be a comprehensive study or a source of legal advice. The opinions expressed in this manual are not necessarily those of the EPO.
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