Patents and the obligation to protect health: examining the significance of human rights considerations in the protection of pharmaceutical patents

Owoeye, O 2014, 'Patents and the obligation to protect health: examining the significance of human rights considerations in the protection of pharmaceutical patents', Journal of Law and Medicine, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 900-919.


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Title Patents and the obligation to protect health: examining the significance of human rights considerations in the protection of pharmaceutical patents
Author(s) Owoeye, O
Year 2014
Journal name Journal of Law and Medicine
Volume number 21
Issue number 4
Start page 900
End page 919
Total pages 20
Publisher Lawbook
Abstract This article discusses the human right to health in the context of patent protection and access to medicines. It considers the limitations in international human rights law, especially in relation to socioeconomic rights, that make it difficult for the right to health to be a potent justification for derogation from trade or intellectual property agreements. It concludes by taking the view that while the right to health may be somewhat unenforceable in international law, its close association with enforceable rights such as the right to life can be a legitimate basis for making maximum use of the flexibilities in the international intellectual property regime to protect public health. The article takes the view that trade and intellectual property agreements must be interpreted in a way that endeavours as much as possible to resolve any seeming inconsistency with the right to health.
Subject Law not elsewhere classified
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ISSN 1320-159X
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