Patents and the Trans-Pacifica Partnership: how TPP-style intellectual property standards may exacerbate the access to medicines problems in the East African community.
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OWOEYE, O., OLATUNJI, O. and FATUROTI, B. 2017. Patents and the Trans-Pacifica Partnership: how TPP-style intellectual property standards may exacerbate the access to medicines problems in the East African community. International trade journal [online], Latest Articles. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1080/08853908.2017.1386143
Least developed countries (LDCs) generally enjoy some exemptions under the WTO TRIPS Agreement. Despite these exemptions, patents continue to pose a major challenge to access to affordable medicines in the East African Community (EAC), especially with respect to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The EAC is a regional economic bloc made up of 6 states, with 5 of the member states currently ranked as LDCs by the United Nations. This article argues that the implementation of the patent protection standards following the model adopted in the Trans-Pacific Partnership is likely to further exacerbate the access to medicines conundrum of the EAC.