424. Compulsory pharmaceutical licences.

424.     Compulsory pharmaceutical licences.

The EU Compulsory Licensing Regulation establishes a procedure for the grant of compulsory licences in relation to patents and supplementary protection certificates concerning the manufacture and sale of pharmaceutical products, when such products are intended for export to eligible importing countries in need of such products in order to address public health problems1. In the United Kingdom, until IP completion day, these are known as EU compulsory licences; as from that day they are known as compulsory pharmaceutical licences2. The United Kingdom is required to grant a compulsory licence to any person making