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Resistance and Consistent: Access to Medicines and Patent Law Reforms in India and China

Hu, Yuanqiong (2013) Resistance and Consistent: Access to Medicines and Patent Law Reforms in India and China. In: Edinburgh Postgraduate Law Conference 2013 ‘Law, Individual, Community’, 2-3 December 2013, University of Edinburgh. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The paper starts with reviewing the debates on patent in access to medicines in the context of globalization of TRIPS regime. It then looks at the issue of resistance related to patent theories, mechanism and the linkage with social movement during law reform processes. Accordingly, the 2005 revision of Patent Act in India and the 2008 revision of Patent Law in China are chosen as the backdrops for comparison. The choice of patentability doctrine and the exceptional clauses to promote research use would be the major aspects of comparison, both having been influenced by civil society actions at different degrees in both countries. The paper intends to draw the conclusions that while strong technocratic influences remain, both countries’ law makers have started walking out of the closed discourse of patent law reform via interacting with societal concerns in the context of improving access to medicines.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Items (Paper)
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > School of Law
Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > School of Law > Law, Environment and Development Centre (LEDC)
SOAS Working Papers > School of Law Working Papers
Depositing User: Hu Yuanqiong
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2016 12:08
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/23118

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