India in constant touch with countries opposing relaxation of IP provisions


India in constant touch with countries opposing relaxation of IP provisions

New Delhi: India is in constant touch with Australia, Switzerland and Japan on a proposal to temporarily remove certain provisions of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Intellectual Property Rights. A government official gave this information on Monday. “Our talks are on on this issue,” the official said. So far we have not reached any consensus. We are talking to allay the apprehensions of countries like Australia, European Union, Japan and Switzerland.

There is a difference of opinion between the two sides over the proposal to temporarily remove some provisions in the WTO Agreement on Intellectual Property Rights to deal with the Kovid-19 epidemic. Continuing talks between the two sides assumes significance as the 12th ministerial-level meeting of the WTO in Geneva is scheduled to be held from November 30 to December 3.

India has repeatedly said that this proposal only talks about a temporary exemption as it will help in faster vaccination and recovery of the world economy. At the same time, these countries have been expressing some apprehensions about giving temporary exemption in intellectual property agreement. He says that the TRIPS agreement has inherent flexibility like compulsory license and voluntary license. However, India does not agree with this opinion. The TRIPS Agreement on Intellectual Property Rights came into force in January 1995. It is a multilateral agreement on copyright and patent rights.

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