[Ip-health] Open access: recent article on RCEP, IP and medicines in Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health

Bel Townsend bel.townsend at deakin.edu.au
Wed Dec 7 19:46:05 PST 2016


Open access:

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, Intellectual Property Protection and Access to Medicines?

Belinda Townsend, Deborah Gleeson, and Ruth Lopert.


The inclusion of elevated standards of intellectual property protection in the recently negotiated Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement has raised serious public health concerns regarding access to medicines. A lesser-known trade agreement under negotiation in the Asia Pacific region is the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Framed as an attempt to reassert ASEAN's position in response to the United States-led TPP, RCEP includes key players China and India, as well as several low and middle-income countries (LMICs). Leaked drafts of intellectual property provisions proposed by Japan and South Korea raise similar concerns for access to medicines in the Asia-Pacific region. This paper identifies TRIPS-Plus provisions in leaked negotiating texts and examines their implications for those LMICs that are not also parties to the TPP: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, China, and India.?

Belinda Townsend PhD


Recent publications:

Townsend B, Gleeson D and Lopert R (2016) The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, Intellectual Property, and Access to Medicines<http://aph.sagepub.com/content/28/8/682.full>, Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health, published online December 2016.

Townsend B (2015) International medicines governance 1940s to 1970s: lessons for public health<http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09581596.2015.1103837>, Critical Public Health, published online October 2015.

Townsend B, Gleeson D and Lopert R (2015) Pharma's next frontier? New threats to public health in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement<http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1753-6405.12453/abstract>, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, published online October 2015.

Townsend B, Gleeson D and Lopert R (2015) RCEP: the trade agreement you've never heard of but should be concerned about<http://theconversation.com/rcep-the-trade-agreement-youve-never-heard-of-but-should-be-concerned-about-42885>. The Conversation, published June 8 2015.

Legge D, Gleeson D, Lofgren H and Townsend B (2014). Australia's position on medicines policy in international forums: intellectual property protection and public health<http://australianpe.wix.com/japehome#!jape-73/c1vr8>. Journal of Australian Political Economy, 73: 103-31.

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