Compulsory Licence for Saxagliptin: Protection versus Competition Case Solution

Case Solution & Analysis for Compulsory Licence for Saxagliptin: Protection versus Competition by Veena Keshav Pailwar.

Complete Case details are given below :

Case Name :      Compulsory Licence for Saxagliptin: Protection versus Competition
Authors :           Veena Keshav Pailwar
Source :              Ivey Publishing
Case ID :           9B16M136 / W16536
Discipline :        General Management
Case Length :    12 pages
Plagiarism : NO (100% Original work)
Description for case is given below :
In June 2015, Lee Pharma Limited, a small Indian pharmaceutical company, filed an application with the Indian Patent Office for a grant of a compulsory licence to manufacture the diabetes drug Saxagliptin on the grounds that the patented version of the drug had not been made available to the public at an affordable price. The granting of a compulsory licence was expected to make the drug more affordable for the general public, but it would also undermine the interests of the patentee, a Western multinational company. If the developed world imposed sanctions against India in retaliation for such a protectionist measure, the flow of trade and foreign capital into the country would be adversely affected. Should the patent office strictly enforce the patent regime, which would encourage higher foreign capital inflows in research and development in the Indian pharmaceutical industry and promote inventions and innovations in the country? Or should it grant the compulsory licence, thereby attaching greater weight to the welfare of India’s general public?
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