Category Archives: Protest&Campaigns

RCEP and affordable medicines: Civil society reaches out to Minister of Commerce Suresh Prabhu

12th Nov 2018, New Delhi The RCEP ministerial meeting is taking place today, 12th November, 2018 in Singapore. It will be followed by Leaders’ Summit on 14th November. There are clear indications that countries want to wrap up the negotiations that started in … Continue reading

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Most New Drug Patents Are for Old Remedies, Research Shows

Source: Bloomberg | November 1, 2018 The U.S. patent system was designed to protect new innovations, but drugmakers are more often than not using it to protect old ones. At least 74 percent of drugs associated with new patents were medicines … Continue reading

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New laws needed now to save lives: FTPL statement on new IP policy

  Source: Fix the Patent Laws Intellectual property policy welcomed after nine years of development JOHANNESBURG, 31 MAY 2018 – Yesterday, after nine years of development, the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) finally published the Intellectual Property Policy of the … Continue reading

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Patients Over Profits: Families Unite to Fight for Healthcare and Justice

Source: The Wire | May 27, 2018 New Delhi: Tragedies can be tipping points for change. And through their bereavements, four families have come together to demand accountability and change from the government as well as from private hospitals. They are … Continue reading

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South African Cabinet approves new Intellectual Property Policy

Source: Fix the Patent Laws | May 24, 2018 The Fix the Patent Laws Coalition (FTPL) welcomes the news today that the Cabinet of the Government of South Africa has approved the new Intellectual Property (IP) Policy. After nine years of … Continue reading

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Report on Pharmaceutical Patents in India – How our safeguards against evergreening have failed, and why the system must be reformed

  The recent report on “Pharmaceutical Patent Grants in India How our safeguards against evergreening have failed, and why the system must be reformed” shows immense irregularities in grant of patents in the country. Over the past decades India’s patent system has … Continue reading

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72% of drug patent grants in India for marginal improvements, says study

Source: Business Today | April 25, 2018 Majority of pharmaceutical drug patents granted by India might have skipped elaborate scrutiny, an analysis of patent grants by a team of researchers and patent lawyers reveals. The report which studied the prosecution history of … Continue reading

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