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Healthcare & Life Sciences

01 July 2020
Rainer Herzig Relevance of expert guidelines for assessing medical malpractice

Austria - Preslmayr Attorneys at Law

Recent case law suggests that, although medical society and other expert committee guidelines are non-binding, they may serve as evidence to specify current medical standards. However, as they cannot be considered on the same level as medical standards, the application of such guidelines to specific cases requires an expert assessment.

Author: Rainer Herzig
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Caroline von Nussbaum Compulsory licensing under Infection Protection Act: effects on data exclusivity under pharmaceutical law

Germany - Simmons & Simmons LLP

As part of its effort to secure potential COVID-19 treatments and vaccines, the government has introduced several amendments to the Infection Protection Act, most recently on 23 May 2020. One of the amendments addresses the compulsory licensing of patents to ensure the supply of pharmaceuticals, medical devices and products for disinfection and laboratory diagnostics.

Authors: Caroline von Nussbaum, Fabian Huber
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Vanessa van Coppenhagen Life sciences acquisitions and divestments

South Africa - ENSafrica

To establish a portfolio of investments, BioVentures, South Africa's first niche biotechnology and life sciences venture capital fund, looked for South African start-ups with proprietary technology that gives them a competitive advantage; a large, growing and preferably international market; multiple products and markets rather than a single product and market; and a quality and balanced management team. This article considers these points in more detail to create a checklist for divestiture preparation or asset hunting.

Author: Vanessa van Coppenhagen
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South Africa - ENSafrica

Authors: Altair Richards, Alexandra Wood
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USA - Baker McKenzie

Authors: Veleka Peeples-Dyer, Khelin N Aiken
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Switzerland - Walder Wyss

Authors: Andreas Wildi, Monja Sieber
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Canada - Smart & Biggar

Authors: Abigail Smith, Nancy Pei, Daphne Lainson
Adam Bell COVID-19 Weekly Report (18-24 May 2020)

International - International Law Office

Author: Adam Bell
Christophe Ronse Federal government restricts sale of PPE and medical devices for fighting COVID-19

Belgium - ALTIUS

Authors: Christophe Ronse, Hanne Baeyens
Magdalena Kotyrba COVID-19: impact on medical device industry in European Union

European Union - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Authors: Magdalena Kotyrba, Tobias Maier