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Medicines (Licence Of Right)

Volume 113: debated on Wednesday 25 March 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he has any plans to introduce legislation to remove the licence of right provisions of the Patents Act 1977 as they apply to medicines; and if he will make a statement.

The Government wish to remove medicines from the scope of the licence of right provisions in Schedule I to the Patents Act 1977 and therefore support Lord Northfield's Bill which has been introduced in another place for this purpose.