The Grounds for Opposing Patents on Sofosbuvir in Argentina, Brazil, China, Ukraine and Russia

 Posted by on June 1, 2015  Comments Off on The Grounds for Opposing Patents on Sofosbuvir in Argentina, Brazil, China, Ukraine and Russia
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imak logo[Initiative for Medicines, Access & Knowledge, Link, (CC-BY)] Worldwide 150 million people are living with Hepatitis C. In countries like Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Ukraine and Russia 59 million people have Hepatitis C, and worldwide 700,000 people are dying preventable deaths from liver cancer and liver disease.

Pharmaceutical corporation Gilead Sciences is seeking illegitimate patents for the hepatitis C medicine sofosbuvir, blocking millions of people around the world from getting the treatment they need to get well. If Gilead is awarded unjustified patents in Argentina, Brazil, China, Ukraine and Russia, based on the likely prices that will be set for these countries, they could be faced with an overspend of US$270 billion to treat all people with hepatitis C. Continue reading »

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Ukraine Launches WTO Dispute With Australia Over Tobacco Packaging Law

 Posted by on March 16, 2012  Comments Off on Ukraine Launches WTO Dispute With Australia Over Tobacco Packaging Law
Mar 162012
 

On Tuesday, the Ukraine initiated a formal trade dispute with Australia through the WTO’s Dispute Settlement System.  The Ukraine alleges that Australia’s Plain Packaging Act, which provides that “no trade mark may appear anywhere on a tobacco product” violates TRIPS (and other trade agreement) rules on trademarks. Continue reading »

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