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Saturday, September 13, 2003  

Quote from a really good BMJ article summarizing the TRIPS "compromise":
But the UK Commission on Intellectual Property Rights and Development Policy questioned in 2002 whether a global norm for patent protection is in the best interests of developing countries and whether an individual or company should be able to take out a patent on products that have important societal implications...Concluding that the research agenda for
pharmaceuticals is led by market demands of the developed world rather than the needs of poor people, the commission recommended that intellectual property rules should limit the scope for patenting that serves more to protect markets, and exclude competition, than promote local research and development. (also check out the UK Commission's report)

posted by Anjali Taneja | 9/13/2003 10:36:00 AM | |


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