U.S. Welcomes New WTO Compulsory Licensing Policy

Law360, New York (December 6, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. government put its stamp of approval on new compulsory licensing rules by the World Trade Organization, which dramatically decrease intellectual property barriers faced by developing countries fighting life threatening diseases.

The agreement will solidify a similar, temporary arrangement in place since August 2003. It allows countries to override patent rights when exporting life-saving drugs to developing countries that lack a pharmaceutical industry.

The office of the U.S. Trade Representative hailed the move, which will amend the WTO’s Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual...
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