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
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|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|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|
|Keywords||International trade; Intellectual property; Pharmaceutical patents; Access to medicines|
OWOEYE 2017 Patents and the Trans-Pacifica