ABOUT THE BOOK
at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to draw up a
Substantive Patent Law Treaty (SPLT) have long been bogged down by differences
among WIPO member states over the scope and orientation of the agreement.
As part of efforts to break the negotiating deadlock, WIPO convened
an open forum in
While the forum did not lead to a resolution of the impasse, the discussions that took place there shed light on the import and potential impacts of a treaty which would harmonize patent norms the world over.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
SHASHIKANT is a Legal Adviser to the Third World Network as well
as the Coordinator of the TWN office in
1 “Exporting a Dysfunctional System”
“Pulling up the ladder”
Access and predictability
Disclosure of origin of genetic resources
2 Basic Problems and Practical Difficulties
Exclusions from patentability
Exceptions to patent rights
3 Patents on Genes, Lifeforms and Medicines
Access to medicines
Annex: The Impact on Patentability Criteria
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