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French Supreme Court confirms discriminatory abuse in market of medical information databases for pharmaceutical companies

Florence Ninane

Earlier this summer, the French Supreme Court (Cour de Cassation) rejected an appeal by Cegedim against a ruling of the Paris Court of Appeal, upholding a July 2014 decision of the French Competition Authority (FCA) that imposed a EUR 5.7 million fine on the company. The FCA had found that Cegedim’s refusal to grant a Read More

Dutch Data Protection Authority publishes guide on cloud storage of patient data

Iradj Nazaryar

The Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) recently published a guide intended for healthcare providers about the cloud storage of patient data. The guide provides a practical interpretation of the DPA’s Guidelines on personal data protection (2013) which indicate how healthcare providers can fulfil data protection obligations. The key points within the guide refer to: Patient Read More

EPO reverses its position on the patentability of products obtained by essentially biological processes

Asma Bendjaballah

On 29 June 2017, the EPO amended Rules 27-b) and 28(2) of the European Patent Convention (EPC) with respect to patentable biotechnological inventions and their exceptions. The EPO thus follows the earlier opinion of the European Commission (EC) expressed in Notice 2016/C 411/03 regarding the patentability of plants or animals obtained by essentially biological processes, Read More

A CRISPR patent pool – one step closer to reality?

Robyn Trigg

In a press release on 10 July 2017, the Broad Institute announced that is has, with joint patent owners Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Rockefeller University, entered discussions about a potential CRISPR patent pool.  The institutions collectively submitted 22 patents (from 10 patent families) for consideration to be included in a Read More

New National Institute for Health Data responsible for access to health data in France

Patricia Carmona Botana

The National Institute for Health Data (INDS) was established by an order dated 20 April 2017. The INDS replaces the Institute for Health Data and will serve as a one-stop-shop window through which access to the National System of Health Data (SNDS) database, which incorporates most public registries of health data, must be requested (see Read More