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Servier v Commission: following in the footsteps of Lundbeck

Tepper, R; (2019) Servier v Commission: following in the footsteps of Lundbeck. UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence , 8 (2) , Article 7. 10.14324/111.2052-1871.122. Green open access

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In 2009, the European Commission’s Competition Inquiry into the Pharmaceutical Sector focused on the competitive relationship between originator companies and generic undertakings. The Commission discovered that patent settlement agreements containing a reverse transfer of value from the originator to the generic undertaking were used to delay entry of generics into markets, limit consumers’ choices, and burden public budgets. Since the Inquiry, the Commission adopted a more aggressive enforcement approach towards these patent settlements. In the recent Servier decision, it determined that the relevant agreements were in breach of Articles 101 and 102 TFEU. This commentary assesses the merits of Lundbeck’s general rule on reverse payment settlements, evaluates the General Court’s review of that decision in Servier and the exemption created for licensing agreements, and illustrates the difficulties in defining the relevant market for pharmaceutical products.

Type: Article
Title: Servier v Commission: following in the footsteps of Lundbeck
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/111.2052-1871.122
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.2052-1871.122
Language: English
Additional information: © 2019, The Author(s). This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY) 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10086919
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