On August 28, 2019, the Tel-Aviv District Court rendered an important decision, dealing with the relationship between the patent law and the competition law, and the subject matter jurisdiction of the court vis-à-vis the patent registrar. The decision deals with the concurrent applicability of the patent law and the competition law, as well as the subject matter jurisdiction to grant compulsory licenses. This is a precedential decision with respect to the interface between patent law and competition law, and especially with respect to cases in which the patent holder is also a monopoly according to the competition law. Below we review the main elements of the decision and its expected consequences.
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