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The case for licensing biopharma patents after loss of exclusivity

By Paul Fehlner

Greater licensing of their secondary patents would not only generate additional income for many pharma companies but would also enable the industry to serve patients better and avoid political controversy

Most pharmaceutical products depend on a patent that covers the active pharmaceutical ingredient to ensure exclusivity in the market. Often other patents also cover aspects of the drug product discovered during the development process – these are known as ‘development patents’ or sometimes ‘secondary patents’.

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