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Lawyers say German compulsory licences will remain elusive after ruling

Max Walters, London


Germany’s top court has refused a request for a compulsory licence, a decision that reaffirms the high bar that must be met, according to German and UK lawyers

German-patent-mainGermany's Federal Court of Justice refused Sanofi’s request for a compulsory licence for a cholesterol treatment that it produces, a ruling that goes against speculation that such licences might have become more common in Germany.

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