WEBINAR VIDEO | What do the CJEU’s decisions on parallel trade of medicines mean for your company?
At this additional Christmas edition, the IP specialists in our Life Sciences team discuss the CJEU’s latest decisions on the parallel trade of medicines, and what these decisions mean in practice for your company.
On 17 November 2022, the CJEU delivered essentially two decisions on the parallel trade of medicines. The first concerned the rebranding of generic medicines to the branded reference medicine (in joined cases C-253/20 and C-254/20), and about which we published a blog on 24 November 2022. The second addressed the impact of anti-tampering devices on the possibility, and objective necessity, to rebox (in C-224/20 and C-147/20), and about which we published a blog on 2 December 2022.
At this IP Update, our IP specialists, Christophe Ronse and Kirian Claeyé, will discuss under what circumstances IP holders may be held liable for enforcing a later invalidated IP right.Read on
Hemp seeds have been eaten in the EU for a long time. The seeds may contain trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) because this cannabinoid is a natural constituent of the cannabis plant from which the seeds originate. The EU regulator has decided to harmonize the maximum levels for THC in hemp seeds throughout the Union within the food contaminants framework.Read on
Are parallel importers necessarily allowed to rebox medicines in case of visible traces from ATDs? The CJEU says NO
Pharmaceutical companies are obliged to affix an anti-tampering device (‘ATD’) on prescription-only medicines to enable verification of whether a medicine’s packaging has been tampered with. Parallel importers argue that this results in an overarching objective necessity to ‘rebox’ such medicines.Read on