April 19, 2011

Compulsory Licences and Legal Compliance

Bangkok Post, Corporate Counsellor Column

Thailand’s recent decision to issue compulsory licences for certain drugs has been widely reported both at home and abroad. Yet, despite the extensive media coverage, few people completely understand the concept and role of compulsory licenses, particularly in relation to patents and other forms of intellectual property rights. This article introduces the key issues in the compulsory licensing debate.

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Carlos Natera
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Edward Madden
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Manoon Changchumni
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