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Swiss trade deal: Is India changing its tune on pharma patents?
Intellectual property protection for the Swiss pharmaceutical industry has been a key sticking point in negotiations on a free trade agreement with India. Now there seems to be a breakthrough in talks after 16 years. What’s changed?
Thorny clause in ripening India-European Free Trade Association deal may hit generic drug industry
The clause in the draft free trade agreement text could delay access to affordable, generic versions of patented drugs in India by a minimum of six years, according to documents.
New patent rules in India-UK trade agreement will prioritise pharmaceutical profit over public health
The “TRIPS-Plus” provisions in the India-UK Agreement are a dangerous attempt to increase the power of pharmaceutical companies by placing profits before public health.
Letter: Civil society calls on UK Prime Minister to ensure UK-India free trade agreement does not threaten access to affordable medicines
MSF and over 50 UK-based civil society organisations and individuals sent this open letter to United Kingdom Prime Minister, urging him to commit that the UK-India Free Trade Agreement will not gut the public health safeguards that are in India’s intellectual property laws.
GCC inks free trade deal with South Korea
The GCC deepens economic ties with major Asian partners, signing its second FTA this year, highlighting commitment to investment and economic diversification.
Indonesia optimistic IEAEU-FTA negotiations can be completed in 2024
Indonesia is optimistic that negotiations of the Indonesia-Eurasian Economic Union Free Trade Agreement (IEAEU-FTA) can be completed in 2024 following the agreement on the Intellectual Property (IP) chapter.
Kellogg’s takes legal action against Venezuela over brand misuse
The action is rooted in the alleged violation of the 1995 Venezuela-UK Bilateral Investment Treaty, marking a significant turn in the multinational’s relationship with the South American nation.
India-UK FTA: Committee of Secretaries meet to iron out tricky parts
As both countries inch closer to signing the agreement, discussions have focused on contentious parts such as intellectual property rights (IPR), rules of origin and bilateral investment treaties (BIT)
Switzerland must defend Gruyère cheese in trade agreements
Switzerland must do more to defend Gruyère cheese and other products that have a protected status in Switzerland, according to the Swiss House of Representatives.
Karnataka, India: Farmers hold a forum on trade, climate and seed issues
The Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers’ Movement (ICCFM) held a three-day forum in Bengaluru to discuss ongoing trade negotiations in which India is engaged and the impact of the climate crisis on Indian agriculture, among other issues.
EU trade deals risk affordability of generic medicines for Global South
The disproportionate intellectual property protections the bloc proposes could threaten the affordability of generics that countries like India and Indonesia export to poorer nations.
What future for seeds under the African Free Trade Area?
The African Union is putting the finishing touches to the draft protocol on intellectual property rights to the agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area.
In India-EFTA talks, balanced trade and access to services, IPR are key
India and the EFTA agreed in April to resume negotiations on a trade and economic partnership agreement following a push from the European states.
US wants Pakistan to ‘do more’ for intellectual property enforcement
Pakistan has made significant progress in improving intellectual property legislation, but a lot still needs to be done in the area of enforcement, says US report.
Clamour against United Kingdom’s free-trade negotiator
Groups from India and nearly 40 countries express concern about a leaked chapter from the proposed FTA that they say appears to represent ‘a wish list’ of the pharmaceutical industry.
Health CSO statement on Kenya _US STIP
We are part of a think tank that advocates for increased access to essential medicines by ensuring that intellectual property laws and policies do not create unnecessary barriers to access to affordable essential medicines, especially for people living with and affected by HIV and TB.
Australia closer to a free trade pact with EU but minister warns there won’t be a deal ‘for the sake of it’
Negotiators make progress in Canberra but thorny issue of geographical indicators is believed to remain a sticking point.
Australia, EU locked in ‘feta’ trade fight
Australia is locked in a high-stakes food fight with Europe over certain local products using the names Prosecco for wine and feta for cheese.