In this judgment the Barcelona Court of Appeal concluded that any ‘preparatory acts’ (for example, submitting samples) conducted prior to the introduction in Spain of the ‘Bolar Clause’, as required by Directive 2004/27, would have been already excluded from the realm of patent infringement by the Experimental Use Exception. The Court rejected a request to ask the preliminary question to the ECJ whether the alleged retrospective application of the Bolar Clause would be contrary to the principle of legitimate expectations. The Court considered that the law that introduced the Bolar Clause did not provide for the ‘retrospective’ application of the Bolar Clause, since this simply clarified the scope of application of the former Experimental Use Exception.

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