Pharma takes out as many patents as they can

“The pharmaceutical sector makes use of the patent system to a very significant degree. This is demonstrated by the sizes of companies’ patent portfolios (competitors can face up to 1,300 granted patents or pending patent applications across the 27 EU Members states for a single blockbuster INN) and the near doubling in the number of pharmaceutical-related patent applications (as measured by a proxy) before the European Patent Office (EPO) between 2000 – 2007.”

(Summary page 150)

page 142, Pharmaceutical Sector Inquiry – Preliminary Report, European Commission 2008


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