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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, Olatunji, O and Faturoti, B 2017 , '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 , doi: 10.1080/08853908.2017.1386143.

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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 Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Owoeyea, O and Olatunji, O and Faturoti, B
Keywords: access to medicines, intellectual property, international trade, pharmaceutical patents
Journal or Publication Title: The International Trade Journal
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISSN: 0885-3908
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/08853908.2017.1386143
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Copyright 2017 Taylor & Francis

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