BRAZIL

KEITH NUTHALL
THE UNITED States has launched disputes proceedings against Brazil at the World Trade Organisation, complaining that the Latin American country's patent laws allow local drug companies to copy US-patented pharmaceuticals, in contravention of the Agreement on Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).

Washington DC claims that the existence of a "local working" condition for exclusive patent rights can only be satisfied by local production, and not importation, of medicines, allowing Brazil to sanction the manufacture of generic ...


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