Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Good news from TRIPS

Unusual I know... IPKat reports that the WTO has agreed an amendment to the TRIPS agreement to facilitate access to essential medicines in countries suffering a health emergency that do not have the facilities to manufacture pharmaceuticals locally under a compulsory patent licence:
1. The obligations of an exporting Member under Article 31(f) shall not apply with respect to the grant by it of a compulsory licence to the extent necessary for the purposes of production of a pharmaceutical product(s) and its export to an eligible importing Member(s) in accordance with the terms set out in paragraph 2 of the Annex to this Agreement...

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