Category Archives: India

US continue to bully India – Place India again in Special 301 Priority Watch List 2017

Yet again, USTR places India on its Priority Watch List in Special report 301 stating the lack of sufficient measurable improvements to its IP framework that negatively affects U.S. right holders across the world.  It points out that India support … Continue reading

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India–EFTA trade talks may make medicines more expensive

MSF and civil society urge Swiss negotiators not to undermine the ‘pharmacy of the developing world’   Geneva/New Delhi, 22March 2017 – Asintellectual property (IP) negotiators from India andthe four countries from EFTA (European Free Trade Association) meeting New Delhi … Continue reading

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A ‘New’ Recipe for Trade

By Shalini Bhutani, The Economic & Political Weekly (Vol. 52 Issue No. 7) With other mega regional trade agreements like the Trans–Pacific Partnership in uncertainty, trade treaties like the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership will acquire greater significance beyond their original … Continue reading

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Indian pharma at odds with US trade group over USTR Priority Watch List

The tug of war continues. Even as the Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance, the domestic drug industry lobby group, has appealed to the US Trade Representative to remove India from its Priority Watch List – the latter includes countries that are alleged … Continue reading

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Patent denied, price of prostate cancer drug may go down

The Indian Patent Office recently denied a patent for the drug Xtandi (Enzalutamide) by Japanese firm Astellas Pharma used in  treatment of prostate cancer. This decision comes in the light of the pre-grant opposition filed by pharma companies BDR Pharma, drug … Continue reading

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India to US: Will not tighten IPR rules beyond TRIPS mandate

Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman demands food safety clearance mechanism during talks with US Trade Representative Source: The Hindu BusinessLine | October 20, 2016 India and the US continued to differ on the issue of intellectual property rights (IPR) norms at … Continue reading

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Our view on India and US Joint Statement on the Trade Policy Forum Delhi – October 20, 2016

In the recently concluded US India Trade Policy Forum meeting held in Delhi, both countries laid emphasis on the importance of having a robust and balanced IPR protection in fostering creativity, promoting innovation, and attracting investment. Indian government was praised … Continue reading

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