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Monday, 2 February 2015

Pharmaq v Intervet: EFTA Rapporteur gives his view

From our good friend and patent attorney John Miles comes news that the EFTA Court has now published online its Report for the Hearing in Case E-16/14 Pharmaq AS v Intervet International BV. The 39-page Report, prepared by Judge-Rapporteur Páll Hreinsson, can be accessed here.

The original request for an advisory opinion, made by the Oslo District Court, was reported on The SPC Blog here.

There is still no indication as to when the EFTA Court, which aligns its decisions with those of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) even when the CJEU issues a ruling that is contrary to EFTA Court jurisprudence, is likely to give its decision.

This blog hopes to be able to prepare a short note on this Report in due course.

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