China: Patent Law Amendment brings sea change to pharmaceutical patent regime

Jill Ge

On 17 October 2020, the top legislature in China passed the Fourth Amendment to the PRC Patent Law (“Amendment”) which will take effect on 1 June 2021. The Amendment is significant as it introduces patent linkage and patent term extensions for pharmaceutical patents. The Amendment reflects the commitments China made in the U.S.-China Phase 1 Read More

France: Extension of framework agreement between French Pharmaceutical Companies Association and Economic Committee for Health Products

Jeanne Fabre

At the end of the Conventional Policy Steering Committee held on 23 July 2020, the French Pharmaceutical Companies Association (Leem) and the French Economic Committee for Health Products (CEPS) agreed to an extension of their Framework Agreement, which is the reference framework for fixing and regulating medicines pricing in France. The agreement, which would have Read More

China’s life sciences industry remains opportune despite Covid-19 coronavirus

David Shen

  While the novel Covid-19 coronavirus is at the top of the agenda for businesses around the world, and for good reason, it is creating challenges for medical and healthcare systems and signalling fundamental change across the life sciences industry. Activity in China’s life sciences market remains high as one of the few sectors to Read More

France – Law on fighting waste and the circular economy finally enacted


On 10 February 2020, the French law on fighting waste and the circular economy was enacted after months of discussions between the National Assembly and the Senate – the bill had been debated since July 2019. The law contributes to the framework set out by the 2004 French Environmental Charter, and transposes some provisions of Read More

China: Amendment to Drug Administration Law

David Shen

On 26 August 2019, the China’s National People’s Congress passed the amended Drug Administration Law (the Amended DAL) which will take effect on 1 December. The new law brings in some changes while codifying many existing practices. We summarise in this article the key highlights, including intellectual property related rules, of the Amended DAL. 1. Redefine Read More