Intellectual Property

Framing India’s Alleged Assurances on Compulsory Licences as a Human Rights Issue

India’s patent regime is in the news again. This time, there have been reports that the Indian government has ‘privately assured’ the US-India Business Council (USIBC) that ‘ it would not use¬†Compulsory Licenses for commercial purposes.’ To be sure, the Indian government, through its Ministry of Commerce and Industry, has issued a ‘clarification‘ to the… Continue reading Framing India’s Alleged Assurances on Compulsory Licences as a Human Rights Issue

Business and Human Rights

GSK’s Plan to Improve Access to Medicines in Developing Countries

In a press release published on its website today, GSK has announced a series of measures that, if implemented, could help to improve access to medicines in developing countries. According to¬†GSK, it is ‘evolving its graduated approach to filing and enforcing patents so that IP protection reflects a country’s economic maturity.’ Essentially, under this graduated… Continue reading GSK’s Plan to Improve Access to Medicines in Developing Countries

Human Rights

There is No Human Right to Patent Protection

There is no human right to patent protection. Or as the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Farida Shaheed, aptly puts it in her recent report, ‘There is no human right to patent protection under article 15 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.’ It is hoped that this recent… Continue reading There is No Human Right to Patent Protection