June 5, 2014
The latest version of the EMA transparency policy gives significant weight to copyright law and intellectual property rights (IPR). In responding to the Ombudsman’s concerns about changes in its transparency policy, the agency cited a “clear message” from the Commission of the requirement to respect intellectual property rights That requirement, whatever it is, is also one of the subjects in “ongoing discussions” with the Commission on access to documents in the agency.
A few days ago, the American Chamber of Commerce published a report strongly critical of the proposed new transparency policy of the EMA (and of the EU more generally). Much of its opposition relied on arguments in relation to IPR.
Clearly, the EMA must carefully assess what precise obligations it may, or may not, have under copyright and IPR law. The way it is going about it does not inspire trust or confidence.
We don’t know precisely […]