[Ip-health] WHA debate on the R&D treaty

Jamie Love james.love at keionline.org
Tue May 22 23:40:56 PDT 2012


Next time some US or EU trade officials starts to lecture people about
the importance of R&D, in justifying some new IPR agreement, ask them
why they oppose a binding agreement at the WHO to increase R&D
spending?  If R&D is important, why oppose measures that would
increase the amount of spending on R&D?

And, if "binding" agreements are such a bad idea, why adopt ACTA, the
WCT, the WPPT, and the zillion IPR chapters in various trade
agreements?

Today countries will begin to give their formal positions on the R&D
treaty.  There are already four formal resolutions in the mix.  In the
order to which they either support or oppose an R&D treaty, they would
be ranked:  Kenya, UNASUR, Switzerland and the United States.    In
other words, Africa and Latin America are pushing for more medical
R&D, and the United States and Switzerland are saying R&D is not that
important.


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