The governance of patents and pharmaceuticals: The regional FTA contribution

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Abstract

This chapter assesses the contribution regional FTAs make to the governance of patents and pharmaceuticals. In regulating trade, these FTAs form part of an international pattern of intellectual property law making. The chapter puts the provisions of the FTA Australia made with the United States in the context of international agreements and national laws. Dealing with such aspects as patentability, patent use rights, generics to market, compulsory licensing, and trade in pharmaceuticals, the purpose is to gauge whether these FTAs help meet the needs for medicines in the region. With the negotiation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, this assessment remains alive.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntellectual Property and Free Trade Agreements in the Asia-Pacific Region
EditorsChristoph Antons, Reto M Hilty
Place of PublicationHeidelberg Germany
PublisherSpringer
Pages287 - 313
Number of pages27
ISBN (Print)9783642308871
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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