India Mulls Broad Compulsory Licensing Under New Patent Bill

Law360, New York (August 17, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- India’s government has decided to broaden the scope for invoking compulsory licensing as part of an overhaul of the country’s patent law, according to local media reports.

The country’s new government is comprehensively rewriting the previous government’s proposal for a new patent law in order to increase the scope for manufacturing patented drugs by domestic manufacturers at low cost, the Economic Times of India reported on Tuesday, citing unnamed government sources.

Compulsory license is a vehicle to side-step patents in national interest under certain defined circumstances....
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