Patents and the trans-pacific partnership: How TPP-style intellectual property standards may exacerbate the access to medicines problem in the East African Community

Owoeye, O, Olatunji, O and Faturoti, B 2019, 'Patents and the trans-pacific partnership: How TPP-style intellectual property standards may exacerbate the access to medicines problem in the East African Community', The International Trade Journal, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 197-218.


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Title Patents and the trans-pacific partnership: How TPP-style intellectual property standards may exacerbate the access to medicines problem in the East African Community
Author(s) Owoeye, O
Olatunji, O
Faturoti, B
Year 2019
Journal name The International Trade Journal
Volume number 33
Issue number 2
Start page 197
End page 218
Total pages 22
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Abstract Least developed countries (LDCs) generally enjoy some exemptions under the WTO TRIPS Agreement. Despite these exemptions, patents continue to pose a major challenge to access to affordable medicines in the East African Community (EAC), especially with respect to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The EAC is a regional economic bloc made up of six states, with five of the member states currently ranked as LDCs by the United Nations. This article argues that the implementation of the patent protection standards following the model adopted in the Trans-Pacific Partnership is likely to further exacerbate the access to medicines conundrum of the EAC.
Subject Intellectual Property Law
International Trade Law
Keyword(s) Access to medicines
intellectual property
international trade
pharmaceutical patents
DOI - identifier 10.1080/08853908.2017.1386143
Copyright notice © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN 1521-0545
Additional Notes This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in The International Trade Journal in 2019 available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/08853908.2017.1386143
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