In the wake of the COVID-19 virus, Israeli Government authorizes use of three patents for maintenance of essential supplies and services
Israel's Patents Law, at sections 104-105 thereof, permits the exploitation of a patent by, or for, the Government when the Government deems that the interests of national security or the maintenance of essential supplies and services so demand. The Corona virus pandemic and ensuing public health emergency in Israel, together with information indicating that KALETRA showed potential for the treatment of the COVID-19 virus and that the patentee was not able to supply Israel with sufficient quantities of the drug, were deemed sufficient grounds under which to support the making of the Order.
This is the first time since the enactment of the Israel Patents Law in 1967 that the Government of Israel has exercised its authority under these sections. The Patents Law further provides that affected patentees are entitled to compensation for said government use, the terms of which will be determined at a later date.
While the KALETRA drug is still under patent in Israel, it is no longer under patent in many other countries, hence the availability of generic versions in those countries. Even those generic versions are in increasingly short supply around the world and the Israeli Government was of the view that it needed to act quickly to secure supplies of the dwindling stocks of the said generic version.
In the wake of the COVID-19 virus, Israeli Government authorizes use of three patents for maintenance of essential supplies and services Reviewed by Neil Wilkof on Thursday, March 19, 2020 Rating: