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Controversy over the patenting of pharmaceutical products – a critical analysis



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patents   monopoly   innovations   pharmacy   medicinal products


The institutionally granted patent monopoly on pharmaceutical products is justified both on the basis of legal and economic considerations. However, unusually strong competition on the pharmaceuticals market means that companies use their exclusive rights to take actions contradictory to the principles of fair competition and the realization of public interest. Such actions raise strong resistance and become the basis for postulates formulated in the source literature to limit or even abolish the possibility of patenting pharmaceutical products. At the same time, attempts to eliminate such practice, not only based on national regulations, but also on international agreements, very often resemble David’s uneven fight with Goliath. The aim of the article is to present and organize the arguments of opponents of patenting pharmaceutical products. The research method used for its implementation is a critical analysis of the source literature and jurisprudence case studies. The conclusions resulting from the publication point to the need to constantly take up the problem in a holistic way, taking into account perspective of various scientific disciplines and economic practice.

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E-Wydawnictwo. Prawnicza i Ekonomiczna Biblioteka Cyfrowa. Wydział Prawa, Administracji i Ekonomii Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego

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ISBN: 978-83-66601-24-6 (druk)   ISBN: 978-83-66601-25-3 (online)




pol   eng


(E-Monografie ; No. 170)

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