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ECVAM’s Approach to Intellectual Property Rights in the Validation of Alternative Methods

Jens P. Linge and Thomas Hartung

In this article, we discuss how intellectual property rights affect the validation of alternative methods at ECVAM. We point out recent cases and summarise relevant EU and OECD documents. Finally, we discuss guidelines for dealing with intellectual property rights during the validation of alternative methods at ECVAM.