Title: Impact and significance of compulsory licensing for access to medicine

Authors: Gargi Chakrabarti

Addresses: National Law University, Jodhpur, NH 65, Nagaur Road, Mandore, Rajasthan, India

Abstract: Affordability and accessibility is a serious concern for the world today, patients from developing and least developed countries cannot afford the costly patented medicine, even if they are in urgent need. Thus, people cannot exercise their right to health properly. TRIPS given compulsory licensing flexibility, but implementation of that is difficult. It is debatable whether this flexibility is effective for access to medicine. This paper will scrutinise all relevant aspects of this matter and will try to suggest possible solutions.

Keywords: access to medicine; compulsory licensing; TRIPS flexibility; medicine affordability; medicine accessibility.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIPM.2015.076542

International Journal of Intellectual Property Management, 2015 Vol.8 No.3/4, pp.172 - 189

Received: 17 Oct 2014
Accepted: 23 Jun 2015

Published online: 12 May 2016 *

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