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Patents and the Trans-Pacifica Partnership: how TPP-style intellectual property standards may exacerbate the access to medicines problems in the East African community.

Owoeye, Olasupo; Olatunji, Olugbenga; Faturoti, Bukola

Authors

Olasupo Owoeye

Olugbenga Olatunji

Bukola Faturoti



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 6 states, with 5 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.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Apr 30, 2019
Journal International trade journal
Print ISSN 0885-3908
Electronic ISSN 1521-0545
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 33
Issue 2
Pages 197-218
Institution Citation OWOEYE, O., OLATUNJI, O. and FATUROTI, B. 2019. Patents and the Trans-Pacifica Partnership: how TPP-style intellectual property standards may exacerbate the access to medicines problems in the East African community. International trade journal [online], 33(2), pages 197-218. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1080/08853908.2017.1386143
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/08853908.2017.1386143
Keywords International trade; Intellectual property; Pharmaceutical patents; Access to medicines

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