03 August 2011

IP-related Obstacle for EU/India Free Trade Agreement Cleared

In a new article titled "India And EU Reach Understanding On Seizure of Indian Generic Drugs in Transit" on the ksnh::law blog, my colleague Axel Horns refers to a consent between the European Union and India that clears a major IP-related obstacle for a EU/India Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which the parties negotiate since 2007.

According to that mutual undestanding, the mere fact that medicines to which a patent title is applicable are in transit through EU territory "does not in itself constitute enough grounds for customs authorities in any Member State to suspect that the medicines at stake infringe patent rights".