The Limits Placed by EEC Law on Territorial Protection in Patent Licensing: A Case Study in Community Law-Making

Holley, Donald L. | January 1, 1981

In this article, Mr. Holley examines the ways in which the EEC Commission’s interpretations of the EEC Treaty, European Court decisions, and suggestions made by Member States and industry influence the development of EEC law. By focusing on the Commission’s draft patent licensing regulation, the author identifies existing conflicts between preserving patent rights and the EEC objectives of protecting competition and the free flow of goods among the Member States.