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EU Report To Target Drug Patents, Lawsuits

Law360 (November 25, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- A report from the European Commission on competition in the pharmaceutical industry will reportedly take drugmakers to task for artificially extending the lives of patents and suppressing competition through litigation.

The report, which Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes is expected to release Friday, could be a prelude to further action by the commission, Reuters reported Tuesday, citing an anonymous source.

The commission will criticize drug companies for using minor changes to their products to extend the lives of their patents, and suppressing generic competition through patent litigation,...
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