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A choice between patents and patients

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OPLOSSINGEN

The EU can take several steps to make its IP policies more in line with the development policy:

  • The EU should not demand any TRIPS plus commitments or introduce stringent border rules, especially where public health can be negatively affected;
  • Developing countries should be supported in their use of TRIPS flexibilities, besides other, more effective ways to stimulate innovation and promote transfer of technology should be explored and promoted;
  • There should be reference made to the Doha Declaration relating to all IP provisions in the text, truly ensuring policy space for using compulsory licensing;
  • FTA’s should emphasize that IP enforcement measures should not divert resources away from other priority areas, such as health protection.