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India’s Supreme Court dismisses Bayer’s linkage petition

Peter Ollier, Hong Kong

The Supreme Court of India has dismissed an appeal filed by Bayer in a case that dealt with the question of whether the country’s IP office and its drug regulator should be linked

The decision comes as negotiations over a proposed India-EU Trade Agreement. Some campaigners for greater access to medicines fear the agreement will require India to introduce so-called patent linkage.

Bayer markets the drug sorafenib under the brand name Nexavar. In...

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