Category Archives: News in English

New pricing principles applied in decision on orphan drugs

New pricing principles applied in decision on orphan drugs

In the latest newsletter from the International Law Office, Lindahl’s Jonas Löfgren, Annie Kabala and Natalie Tell provides an update on recent developments in Sweden which further increases pricing uncertainty for orphan drugs.

Read the article here

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Lindahl provides an update on difficult position for orphan drugs

Orphan drug denied reimbursement in health technology assessment

 

New Climate Act – pioneering or meaningless?

New Climate Act – pioneering or meaningless?

In March 2016 the Cross-party Committee on Environmental Objectives presented its final report, ”A climate policy framework for Sweden” (SOU 2016:21). The Climate Policy Framework is a result of a cross-party political agreement that will supposedly make the climate a top issue in all policy work. The report resulted in a draft bill which was circulated for consideration. The Council on Legislation presented its views on the new Climate Act in February 2017.

Matilda Hellström at Lindahl comment on the The Climate Policy Framework in the latest newletter from ILO.

Read the article here.

Matilda Hellström

matilda.hellstrom@lindahl.se

 

Sweden reviews financing and pricing

Sweden reviews financing and pricing

In mid-November 2016 the government issued directives to review the pricing and reimbursement system and the national financing system for medicinal products. The government declared that the existing system is complex and complicated and must be improved in order to operate a modern healthcare system.

The review seeks to find a clear division of financing responsibilities between the national government and local county councils. It also seeks to establish foreseeable processes for stakeholders as regards pricing.

The report from the review will be presented to the government on 1 December 2018.

Jonas Löfgren and Annie Kabala comment the review in the latest newsletter from ILO.

Read the article here

Jonas Löfgren

jonas.lofgren@lindahl.se

 

Guidance on preparatory patent infringement

Guidance on preparatory patent infringement

When and under what circumstances can a patent owner obtain an injunction against imminent infringement or, as expressed in the Patents Act, preparatory acts of infringement? This question is of particular interest for pharmaceutical patents during the regulatory process relating to authorisations of generic medicinal products.

Jonas Westerberg and Ludvig Holm at Lindahl comment on this subject in the latest newsletter from ILO.

Read the full article here.

Ludvig Holm

ludvig.holm@lindahl.se

 

Chinese investment and the Nordics – trends and opportunities

Chinese investment and the Nordics – trends and opportunities

China’s meteoric rise as an economic superpower is the story of the 21st century. China is now a major player in the world FDI market and an ever more visible source of investment into the Nordics. With Chinese investment into the Nordics yet to peak, the Nordic business community (you!) can only benefit from a deeper understanding of China’s economic and political trajectory.

Welcome to this breakfast seminar on Chinese investment and the Nordics. During the seminar experts in the field, Klas Eklund and Kristina Sandklef, will discuss the macro-economic and political push factors behind Chinese outbound investment and address where that investment goes in the Nordics, the consequences, and what to expect going forward.

DATE AND TIME
4 April 2017, 8.00-10.00 (breakfast starts at 8.00, seminar starts at 8.30)

PLACE
Strandvägen 7A, Stockholm

COST
Free of cost

LANGUAGE
The seminar will be held in English

RSVP
To chinadesk@lindahl.se no later than 30 March 2017

SPEAKERS
Klas Eklund is the Senior Economist of SEB. Previously, he was under-secretary of state at the Ministry of Finance, and policy adviser to two prime ministers. He has published several books, including the best-selling Swedish economics text book, and more recently, China the born-again super power.
Kristina Sandklef, economist and China expert, is the founder of Sandklef Asia Insights and Kinapoolen.se. She has held senior positions at Ericsson, the asset fund management company East Capital, and has also served as a China analyst for the Swedish Armed Forces.

MODERATOR
William Langran is a senior international arbitration lawyer, member of the New York Bar, and China scholar. He is a fluent Mandarin speaker, legal adviser to Chinese clients, and author of postgraduate scholar¬ship (Univ. Cambridge) on Chinese legal reform.

Contract Theory & Sweden’s competitive position

Contract Theory & Sweden’s competitive position

Nobel laureate Oliver Hart and Lindahl discuss the competitiveness of Swedish business – new vision of contracts deemed necessary

”The Swedish network economy has great potential. To fully realize this and to prepare for the future, we need to stop unnecessary leakage of value arising out of conflicting interests. Here, Oliver Hart’s theories on how contracts should be designed are central; a focus on fairness and clear communication is the basis for mutual value creation”, says David Frydlinger at Lindahl.

It was an attentive audience that listened to Professor Oliver Hart of Harvard University, one of this year’s laureates of the Nobel Prize in Economics, talk about various contract designs and the possibilities and practical implications for the Swedish economy. The seminar was moderated by David Frydlinger, head of Lindahl’s strategic contract group.

The seminar confirmed that Sweden stands strong in the global economy. At the same time, speakers described how the fourth industrial revolution is upon us. This means that competitiveness will be increasingly built on the innovation that takes place though networking between organizations, partnerships, joint investments and shared knowledge. Often, this will require a more modern view of how contracts are drafted and concluded.

For the future network economy to succeed, it needs to be supported by a strong infrastructure that is designed, built and financed in close cooperation between public and private actors. This also requires more modern contracts and careful consideration of public and private ownership, according to both speakers.

Oliver Hart’s theories provide invaluable guidance as to how Sweden ─ and indeed many other countries ─ can approach the challenges our economy faces. The most important lesson is the need for a new vision of what the contract can achieve, where a design based on common interests, fairness and clear communication processes – so-called relational contracts – can effectively reduce the value leakage that currently arises from conflicting interests.

Contract interpretation in digital music industry

Contract interpretation in digital music industry

The digitisation of the music industry has led to the creation of popular new on-demand services, but it has also led to friction between recording artists and record labels concerning the digital use of copyrighted music.

In a recent case, the Svea Court of Appeal (T 9046-15) shed much-needed light on whether a right to digital use can be established through the interpretation of recording contracts from a time when such use did not even exist. The case shows how a party to a contract can be found to have consented to new terms regarding digital use through passivity and confirms that a recording artist has standing to seek an injunction on his or her own without the co-creators.

In the latest newsletter from ILO Hans Eriksson and Petter Larsson from Lindahl comment the case.

Read the full article here.

Hans Eriksson

hans.eriksson@lindahl.se

 

Prohibition of debated herbicide

Prohibition of debated herbicide

On May 20 2016 the Environmental Court rejected a farmers’ organisation’s appeal. The court refused to grant the organisation new emergency authorisation for the use of Stomp SC in Sweden in the commercial production of onions, among other crops. According to the appellant, the decision may jeopardise the competitiveness of certain Swedish crops on the European market, since Stomp SC is allowed in most other EU member states and no equally effective alternatives are available in Sweden.

Read the full article from the ILO newsletter here.

Linda Hallberg

linda.hallberg@lindahl.se

 

Prison for company executives for copyright infringement

Prison for company executives for copyright infringement

On October 13 2016 the Stockholm Patent and Market Court (B 6871-14) sentenced four company executives to up to 18 months in prison and ordered them to pay fines and damages amounting to several million Swedish kronor for copyright and trademark infringement through the online sale of counterfeit furniture.

Read the full article from the ILO newsletter here

Ludvig Holm

ludvig.holm@lindahl.se

 

BREXIT – What happens now and what does it mean for your business?

On 28 September, Lindahl and Allen & Overy hosted the much-anticipated seminar, ”BREXIT – What happens now and what does it mean for your business?” Around one hundred guests came to the Scandic Continental in Stockholm to hear specially-invited speakers share their experiences and perspectives, both individually and in a panel discussion. As befits the subject matter and the calibre of the speakers, guests enjoyed some incisive debate and fascinating insights into possible Brexit scenarios. The afternoon concluded with an eminently enjoyable mingle and drinks reception. Many thanks to all of you who attended and shared this afternoon with us.

Publik seminarium Panel brexit sem

Speakers and panel
Göran Persson – former prime minister of Sweden
H.E. Ambassador Mr David Cairns – British Ambassador to Sweden
Philip R Wood CBE, QC (Hon) – special global counsel at Allen & Overy
Jeremy Parr – partner at Allen & Overy, corporate team
Moderator: Lars-Henrik Andersson – partner at Lindahl

Films of the seminar and interviews with the speakers are available here