EU AstraZeneca Ruling Raises Bar For IP Monopoly Abuse

Law360, New York (December 6, 2012, 9:41 PM EST) -- The European Union's highest court refused Thursday to overturn a €52.5 million ($68 million) abuse of dominance fine against AstraZeneca PLC, but it did raise the bar for the kinds of intellectual property defense tactics that could get a dominant market player into trouble with the bloc's antitrust agency.

The European Court of Justice upheld a 2010 ruling that largely endorsed the European Commission's decision to sanction the pharmaceutical giant for manipulating the drug and patent regulatory systems in order to block generic versions of ulcer...
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