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Patents and the Trans-Pacific Partnership: how TPP-style intellectual property standards may exacerbate the access to medicines problem in the East African Community

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Owoeyea, O and Olatunji, O and Faturoti, B, Patents and the Trans-Pacific Partnership: how TPP-style intellectual property standards may exacerbate the access to medicines problem in the East African Community, The International Trade Journal pp. 1-22. ISSN 0885-3908 (2017) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1080/08853908.2017.1386143

Abstract

Least developed countries (LDCs) generally enjoy some exemptions under the WTO TRIPS Agreement. Despite these exemptions, patents continue to pose a major challenge to access to affordable medicines in the East African Community (EAC), especially with respect to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The EAC is a regional economic bloc made up of six states, with five of the member states currently ranked as LDCs by the United Nations. This article argues that the implementation of the patent protection standards following the model adopted in the Trans-Pacific Partnership is likely to further exacerbate the access to medicines conundrum of the EAC.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:access to medicines, intellectual property, international trade, pharmaceutical patents
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Law
Research Field:Intellectual Property Law
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the Law
Objective Field:Law Reform
Author:Olatunji, O (Mr Olugbenga Olatunji)
ID Code:122502
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2017-11-16
Last Modified:2017-11-17
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