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Countries Consider Compulsory Licensing to Counter Covid-19 Crisis

On Wednesday March 25, 2020 the House and Senate passed Bill C-13, an emergency federal bill that provides for compulsory licenses for technologies relating to the health emergency on a time limited basis. Other countries have also been considering compulsory licensing options. Lawmakers in Chile  and Ecuador have each passed resolutions urging their governments to explore compulsory licensing options. Israel has also permitted companies to produce a generic version of the Kaletra HIV pill owned by AbbVie despite the patent term not expiring until 2024.

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