India Mulls Capping Data Exclusivity At Four Years

Law360, New York (August 24, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a move designed to curb patent evergreening, India’s government is considering legislation that would limit data exclusivity to four years, according to local media reports.

In addition to concerns about efforts to evergreen patents on drugs, the government is also seeking to legislate a data protection regime that would not impede the invocation of compulsory licensing, government sources have told local reporters.

India’s government is keen to make provisions of compulsory licensing less stringent so that it can be used to manufacture cheaper drugs in...
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