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Radical Approaches During Unusual Circumstances: Intellectual Property Regulation and the COVID-19 Dilemma

Mohammed El Said ()
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Mohammed El Said: University of Central Lancashire

Development, 2020, vol. 63, issue 2, 209-218

Abstract: Abstract The current outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic traces its roots back many decades and is worsened by a number of ill-conceived strategies and policies. The current patent protection regime and its suitability in dealing with the current COVID-19 pandemic need to be questioned. Strengthened intellectual property protection manifested by the rise of TRIPS-Plus standards is having a negative impact on the affordability and accessibility of medicines. Dealing with the current pandemic urgently demands serious reform and collective efforts.

Keywords: IP Protection; TRIPS-Plus; FTAs; TRIPS flexibilities; COVID-19; Access to Medicines (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1057/s41301-020-00257-x

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