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Patent implications of COVID-19 crisis: current solutions according to Italian law
  • Italy
  • 14 October 2020

The current health emergency has highlighted the need to reconcile the urgency in offering a response to the spread of COVID-19 with the need to continue ensuring the effectiveness of patent protection. For this purpose, the Italian legal system offers a number of solutions based on legitimising the use of a pre-existing patent without the owner's consent on the one hand and guaranteeing the accessibility of patented inventions to the most people without having to deny the owner's exclusive rights on the other.

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