Canada Set To OK Patent Law Amendments This Week

Law360 (May 6, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Canada’s legislature is expected to amend the country’s patent laws this week to let the government issue licenses to companies to produce generic versions of drugs for use in developing countries.

The country’s House of Commons approved unanimously the bill on Tuesday, and the bill is scheduled for debate and possible ratification Thursday in the Senate.

The measure was designed largely to allow generic-drug firms to make and sell cheap HIV antiretrovirals in poor countries hit hard by AIDS.

Under the measure, about 50 countries would...
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