Waiting pattern for parallel imports…?

After eagerly awaiting the outcome of the UK government’s recent 12-week consultation on the future of the exhaustion of intellectual property rights, the outcome released this week is something of an anticlimax.

After completing an initial analysis of the responses to the consultation, the government has concluded that there is “not enough data available to understand the economic impact of any of the alternatives to the current UK+ scheme“Apparently the government”rremains committed to exploring opportunities that may arise from regime change“but has no deadline for a decision.

In some respects, this is not entirely surprising given the enormous complexity, the myriad of competing interests, and the potentially far-reaching consequences of adopting an alternative. Some stakeholders see this as confirmation that the UK+ regime is here to stay, but whether that is the case remains to be seen, as it is a far from resounding endorsement of the status quo. In the meantime, it leaves some rightsholders, and of course UK consumers, somewhat in limbo.

“We don’t currently have a deadline for a decision…”


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