Enforcing patent rights against goods in transit:A new threat to transborder trade in generic medicines

 

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dc.contributor.author Ncube, Caroline
dc.date.accessioned 2015-03-03T20:23:30Z
dc.date.available 2015-03-03T20:23:30Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Ncube, C. B. (2009). Enforcing patent rights against goods in transit: a new threat to transborder trade in generic medicines. SA Mercantile Law Journal= SA Tydskrif vir Handelsreg: Transborder Commercial Law, 21(5), 680-694. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 10150099 en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/12550
dc.description.abstract Intellectual property (IP) protection has critical consequences for transnational trade in generic medicines, one of South Africa's most important imports. The free transit of generic medicines, unhindered by patent claims, is essential for their importation into South Africa where they will be deployed to prolong or save lives. This article will discuss the import of using Council Regulation (EC) No 1383/2003 to halt the transit of generic medicines en route to developing countries. Dutch customs authorities have done this on several occasions, eg, in February 2009. Such action forces importing and exporting states to find alternative routes that may be more expensive and take longer than a route that traverses Dutch ports. Such a situation would obviously be contrary to the freedom of transit provided for by art 5 of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). Secondly, when consignments of medication do not reach their destinations, lives may be lost. This reverses the gains of the major battles won in South Africa and other developing countries to improve access to generic medicines. Thirdly, using patents to block, or delay, the provision of generic medication to ill people is unacceptable, because it violates the very foundations of, or justifications for, patent law. As shown by the quotation above, patents are intended to secure the public good, by enabling the production of, and trade in, useful goods. en_ZA
dc.language eng en_ZA
dc.publisher Juta Law en_ZA
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dc.source SA Mercantile Law Journal = SA Tydskrif vir Handelsreg: Transborder Commercial Law en_ZA
dc.source.uri http://reference.sabinet.co.za/sa_epublication_article/ju_samlj_v21_n5_a5
dc.title Enforcing patent rights against goods in transit:A new threat to transborder trade in generic medicines en_ZA
dc.type Journal Article en_ZA
dc.rights.holder Copyright Juta Law
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Article en_ZA
uct.subject.keywords patents en_ZA
uct.subject.keywords generics
uct.subject.keywords cross-border trade
dc.publisher.institution Landsdowne
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Law en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Commercial Law en_ZA
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