Category Archives: Patent linkage

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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Why India must beware the side-effects of Pacific Treaty

December 30, 2015, The Hindu Businessline | ARCHANA JATKAR The scope of the recently concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) goes well beyond conventional trade concerns. It includes extensive obligations on intellectual property (IP) exceeding the minimum standards of the World … Continue reading

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Drawn Up in Secret, the TPP’s Text Helps Big Pharma Put Patents Over Patients

The Wire; November 9, 2015. The substantial new barriers against generic entry envisaged by the TPP will not only ensure longer monopoly pricing for pharmaceutical products but also render competition between brand and generic manufacturers unviable.

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TPP text release – analysis and comment

The complete text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement has been released on Friday, as reported on this blog before. A first analysis of the IP chapter and the Tranparency Annex showed that there was only one meaningful difference to a version that had been leaked a … Continue reading

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Where’s India on the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

12 American, Asian and Oceanian countries have concluded their negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), an extensive free trade agreement, recently. The deal includes a number of provisions on intellectual property, that will be detrimental to access to affordable medicines. … Continue reading

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India’s National IPR Policy – Leaked Final Draft – Is it really the finest?

Amitabh Kant, Ministry of Commerce, India, recently announced the release of a national intellectual property rights (IPR) policy in next two months, which in his words “will be one of the finest in the world”. Yet, in light of its … Continue reading

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Recent Development on US pressure on Indian Patent Law

Source: IP Health, 4 Feb 2015 Michael Froman testified in a Congressional hearing on  27 January 2015 that the USTR has secured “commitments from India in the 2014 Trade Policy Forum on a broad range of IP issues of concerns to … Continue reading

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