Trade agreements

These resources provide more information about trade agreements that have an impact on access to medicines. This includes Free Trade Agreements, Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), TRIPS plus provisions, and ‘flexibilities’ that latter of which make it easier to protect public health.

  • Free Trade of Pharmaceutical Products:

    The Limits of Intellectual Property Enforcement at the Border

    This paper describes the detention of generic medicines in transit, primarily in the EU, and the implications this has on free trade and access to medicine. Developed countries’ efforts to strengthen intellectual property enforcement and fight against ‘counterfeits’ can contradict the principles of the WTO legal regime and create barriers to legitimate trade.

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    Author: Xavier Seuba, Publisher: International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), Year: March 2010

  • Maintaining Policy Space for Development

    This paper looks at the technical assistance concerns raised by Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and the challenges to developing countries in regard to implementation. The focus is on FTAs between Latin America and the United States. The primary beneficiaries of TRIPS and TRIPS-plus obligations are industrialized countries, with the costs borne by those in poorer countries. TRIPS and TRIPS-plus arrangements should promote competition through the acquisition and local development of technology.

    Download Maintaining Policy Space for Development: A Case Study on IP Technical Assistance in FTAs (PDF)

    Authors: Pedro Roffe and David Vivas with Gina Vea Publisher: International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) Year: April 2007

  • IP Rights under Investment Agreements:

    The Trips-Plus Implications for Enforcement and Protection of Public Interest

    This research paper analyses the impact of investment agreements on the rights and obligations under the Agreement on Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights. The goal is to reimagine the interplay between intellectual property in North-South investment agreements and the connection with implementing socio-economic and technological development policies. The paper concludes that investment agreements have important implications on intellectual property rights, regulations protecting the public interest, encouragement of technology development and transfers, and competition policies.

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    Author: Ermias Tekeste Biadgleng, Publisher: South Centre, Year: Aug 2006

  • FTA Watch’s TPP Proposals to the Commerce Minister

    On May 31, 2016, FTA Watch and five civil society organizations, who monitored impact of free trade agreements’ negotiations, had a meeting with Mrs. Apiradi Tantraporn, the Minister of Commerce about decision to participate in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) at the Office of Permanent Secretary Ministry of Commerce. (more…)

  • EU-Mercosur Bi-regional Association Agreement

    The impact of intellectual property on public procurement of medicines in Argentina.

    This report analyzes the potential impact on access to medicines and health in Argentina if a commercial agreement between Mercosur and EU is signed. Researched and published by Fundación Grupo Efecto Positivo (FGEP).

    Download FGEP’s analysis of the EU-Mercosur Agreement.