The Swiss Government aims at prohibiting the parallel importations of patent-protected products into Switzerland

Introduction The interactions between competition law and intellectual property rights give rise to a series of interesting legal issues. What is currently being debated in Switzerland is the scope of the rights that are to be granted to the holder of a Swiss patent and the impact of such intellectual property rights on competition in Switzerland. The discussions focus essentially on the issue of whether or not a patent holder should be entitled to prohibit the importation into Switzerland of patent-protected products legally acquired abroad (parallel importations). Given the intensive debate surrounding this issue, Swiss lawmakers decided to refrain from addressing it in the new Swiss Patent Act that was enacted on June 22, 2007. Instead, the Swiss government was instructed to

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Philipp Fischer, The Swiss Government aims at prohibiting the parallel importations of patent-protected products into Switzerland, 21 décembre 2007, e-Competitions December 2007, Art. N° 15171

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