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TWN Info Service on WTO and Trade Issues (Sept15/12)
25 September 2015
Third World Network

Announcing a New Research Paper from the South Centre

Intellectual Property in the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Increasing the Barriers for the Access to Affordable Medicines


South Centre Research Paper No. 62
September 2015
25 pages
English
ISSN 1819-6926

The South Centre has recently published Research Paper No. 62: Intellectual Property in the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Increasing the Barriers for the Access to Affordable Medicines, authored by Carlos M. Correa.

Most free trade agreements signed by the United States, the European Union and the members of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in the last 15 years contain chapters on intellectual property rights with provisions applicable to pharmaceuticals. Such provisions considerably expand the rights recognized to pharmaceutical companies under the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) established in the context of the World Trade Organization. The leaked text on intellectual property of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) currently under negotiation goes further than those FTAs. It reflects the ambition of such companies to obtain even higher levels of protection. This paper discusses some characteristics of the TTP negotiations and the main possible outcomes that may negatively affect access to medicines, notably in developing countries.

To access the research paper directly, go to this webpage:http://www.southcentre.int/research-paper-62-september-2015/

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