Access to affordable medicines or new review of pharmaceutical patents

The¬†Parliamentary Secretary for Industry and Innovation, Mark Dreyfus, has appointed a panel to review the patenting of pharmaceuticals in Australia. According to the Terms of Reference, the review: will evaluate whether the system for pharmaceutical patents is effectively balancing the objectives of securing timely access to competitively priced pharmaceuticals, fostering innovation and supporting employment in […]

De-linking intellectual property from exclusive rights

The videocast of the 3rd Annual Francis Gurry Lecture is now available: De-linking intellectual property from exclusive rights by James Love, Director, Knowledge Ecology Limited. The blurb says: The traditional justification for IP rights-atemporary monopoly to stimulate innovation and inverstment-is increasingly being questioned. If knowledge is more valuable when widely shared, and if freedom to […]

TRIPs protocol: Australian implementation consultation

IP Australia has issued a consultation paper on implementing the TRIPS protocol. The TRIPS protocol is the modification (or is that clarification?) of TRIPS obligations to improve the availability of “crisis” pharmaceuticals in least developed and developing countries. From the discussion paper: The TRIPS Protocol seeks to address this problem by amending the TRIPS Agreement […]

Patents, pharmaceuticals and exports

I’m not quite sure why, but the blogosphere is increasingly chattering again about relaxing the rules against infringing a patent by making the protected product (esp. a pharmaceutical) for export: Duncan Bucknell LawFont IP’s What’s Up reviews the TRIPS status including the DOHA declaration and its rather tentative take up.