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RAJA Kanaga, Third World Network

North East Asia seeing explosive growth in patenting

Worldwide filings of patent applications have grown at an average annual rate of 4.7% with the highest growth rates experienced in North East Asian countries, particularly the Republic of Korea and China, according to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). In the 2007 edition of its "Patent Report: Statistics on Worldwide Patent Activities", WIPO said that patents granted worldwide have increased at an average annual rate of 3.6% with some 600,000 patents granted in 2005 (...) read

date of on-line publication : 26 September 2007

Third World Network

Action not talk needed on bio-piracy, says Brazil

More concrete action and less repetitive talk is needed on preventing bio-piracy in the World Intellectual Property Organisation, according to the Brazilian delegation, speaking at a meeting here of WIPO’s inter-governmental committee (IGC) on intellectual property, genetic resources, traditional knowledge and folklore. Brazil, represented by Mr. Guilherme Patriota, gave a critical assessment of the IGC discussions and said that some countries were continuing to make repetitive statements (...) read

date of on-line publication : 26 July 2007


Activists Take Issue with WTO Decision on Cheap Drugs

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Following the criticisms regarding the declaration at the Doha Cycle meant to allow access to generic drugs for poorer countries in cases of public health emergencies, a temporary measure was introduced in 2003 to allow poor countries to waive patents to import cheaper generic versions of drugs. This article describes the WTO’s decision to make this a permanent measure with a new accord, and why these proposals have drawn further criticism from NGOs and activists.


date of on-line publication : 13 December 2005

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