Benefit companies: an overview from a corporate perspective
Italy was the first European country to issue a regulation on benefit companies (in Italian “società benefit”), importing the model from the US.
The European Commission issues a recommendation on a European electronic health record exchange format
On February 6, 2019, the European Commission issued a Recommendation concerning the development of a European Electronic Health Record (EHR) exchange format (Recommendation no 243/2019), which can be found on the following website: https://bit.ly/2X2qhAq.
The European Parliament legal affairs committee votes in favor of a comprehensive SPC manufacturing waiver
In May 2016, the European Parliament, in its Resolution on the Single Market Strategy, endorsed the need for changes to the EU supplementary protection certificate (“SPC”) and urged the Commission to introduce and implement an SPC manufacturing waiver before 2019, without undermining the market exclusivity granted under the SPC in the protected markets.
CJEU and SPCs: a never-ending story
The work of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on Regulation (EC) No. 469/2009 (Regulation), on supplementary protection certificates for medicinal products (SPCs), has been quite intense in the last few years, and it still is, given that in the pharmaceutical sector even one more day of exclusivity can be worth millions of euros, so fighting for it is certainly worth the investment of time and money.