Procedural Aspects of Compulsory Licensing Under TRIPS: Report No. II of Webinar Series on Reinterpreting TRIPS in the Life Sciences
9 Pages Posted: 28 Sep 2017
Date Written: September 26, 2017
In 2013, Indian authorities granted a compulsory license to NATCO Pharmaceuticals for a patented pharmaceutical product sold by Bayer. This decision raised several complex issues regarding the grant a CL and their consistency with the principles and objectives of TRIPS. Furthermore, in January 2017 an amendment to the TRIPS agreement entered into force, allowing compulsory licensors to export their generic pharmaceuticals to least developed countries (LDC), further recalibrating the intersection between the patent institution and public interest. On this background, the webinar presentations and discussion addressed the framework and context for CL provided by the TRIPS convention. Both the specific requirements enshrined in TRIPS art 31 and the broader objectives and principles enshrined in TRIPS, e.g. transfer and dissemination of technology (art 7), protection of public health (art 8) and technology neutrality (art 27) where included in the discussion.
Keywords: TRIPS, Life Science, Patents, Compulsory Licensing, Access to Medicine, NATCO
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