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On the Pulse

Welcome to ‘On the Pulse’ delivered by the Global Life Sciences & Healthcare Sector Group

A video/podcast series, On the Pulse, brings together CMS lawyers and experts to discuss key industry topics impacting, innovating and disrupting the life sciences & healthcare sector. The series is hosted by Nick Beckett, Global Co-Head of CMS Life Sciences & Healthcare Sector Group.

Subscribe, download, watch and listen to the CMS ‘On the Pulse’ videos here and podcasts here.


New! Episode #9 – Compulsory Licensing

Nick Beckett talks with Jonathan Chu (CMS Hong Kong), Sheena Jacob (CMS Singapore) and Thomas Hirse (CMS Germany).

In this episode, we discuss:

  • the rationale for compulsory licences and the requirements for granting the same
  • the rights of patent owners faced with the threat of compulsory licences
  • any requirement for patent owners to also provide know-how and technical support under a compulsory licence
  • limitations on exploitation under compulsory licences, including labelling requirements and distribution channel restrictions
  • the use of compulsory licences to deal with the supply of medical necessities during COVID-19
  • the debate regarding the need for COVID-19 vaccine patent waivers

Previous episodes


New! Episode #9 - Compulsory Licensing

Episode #8 - Public Procurement

Episode #7 - Telemedicine

Episode #6 - Collaboration Disrupted: New models and players in Life Sciences collaboration

Episode #5 - Product Liability & Medical Malpractice

Episode #4 – Digital Health – Part 2

Episode #3 - Digital Health – Part 1

Episode #2 - Advertising of medicines and medical devices

Episode #1 – A legal roadmap for Cannabis


Portrait of Jonathan Chu
Jonathan Chu
Hong Kong (CMS CMNO - Lau, Horton & Wise LLP)
Portrait of Sheena Jacob
Sheena Jacob
Portrait of Thomas Hirse
Dr. Thomas Hirse