Patent Legislation Passed March, 2005
March 23, 2005 - The Rajya Sabha, India's upper house of Parliament,
passes the patent bill, one day after the the Lok Sabha (lower house of
Parliament) passed it. The original
legislation was very similar to last December's highly restricitve
Ordinance No.7, though many of the changes sought by civil were
- Consumer Project on Technology
- Joint NGO Press Releases
- March 22, 2005. Affordable Medicines and Treatment
Campaign (India), Medecins Sans Frontieres, Lawyers Collective
HIV/AIDS Unit, and the Alternative Law Forum.
The Beginning of the End of Affordable Generics.
- March 19, 2005. Joint Action Alert from the Affordable Medicines and
Treatment Campaign (AMTC), ACT UP Paris, Alternative Law Forum, Medecins
Sans Frontiers (MSF).
Patent Bill is introduced with NO change.
- March 6, 2005. Joint release from the Global AIDS Alliance, the
Association for India's Development, and Health GAP.
India Could Cut-off Africa's Access to Affordable AIDS Drugs; Indian
Parliament May Begin Considering the Issue March 9.
- Joint Action Committee Against Amendment of the Indian Patents Act
- Affordable Medicines Treatment Campaign
- Medecins Sans Frontieres
- March 23, 2005. Lawyers Collective HIV/AIDS Unit.
Now the Real Fight Begins.
- December, 2004. Sign on Letter to Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh on the Upcoming Amendments to India's Patent Law.
- December 6, 2004. ACT-UP Paris press release.
Global Access to Medicines Is Threatened -
The Indian government must postpone amending its patent law.
- December 5, 2004. Allison Aldred, Regional Director of Oxfam GB in South Asia.
Letter to the Indian Minister of Commerce and Industry
on patent amdendments.
- November 8, 2004. Health GAP.
Letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the Upcoming Amendments to India's Patent Law.
Statements from Indian Pharmaceutical Companies
- Generic Producers
- April 15, 2005. Inside U.S. Trade.
Industry Says Indian Drug Law violates WTO, But No WTO Case Seen.
- April 16, 2005. Op-ed by Patralekha Chatterjee in the Lancet.
India’s new patent laws may still hurt generic drug supplies.
- April 5, 2005. Press Trust of India.
New Indian Patents law comes into force with President's assent.
- April 5, 2005. Business Standard.
Drug prices: India, UNCTAD differ.
- March 29, 2005. Latha Jishnu for Business World India.
Patently Left and Right, Too.
- March 25, 2005. The Financial Express.
Local pharma firms unhappy with compulsory licensing provisions.
- March 24, 2005. William New for Intellectual Property Watch.
India’s TRIPS Compliance Effort Could Be Test Case.
- March 23, 2005. Bridges Weekly Trade News Digest.
Indian Parliament Approves Controversial Patent Bill.
- March 23, 2005. Sify.
Parliament approves Patents Bill.
- March 23, 2005. Donald McNeil for the New York Times.
India Tightens Law, Alarming Advocates for AIDS Patients.
- March 23, 2005. P.T. Jyothi Datta for the Hindu Business Line.
Patents Bill drives a wedge between health, pharma segments.
- March 23, 2005. The Hindu.
Lok Sabha passes Patents Bill amid walkout.
- March 23, 2005. Rajesh Mahapatra for the Associated Press.
Groups slam Indian passage of patent law.
- March 23, 2005. Wall Street Journal editorial.
India's Crackdown on Fakes.
- March 23, 2005. Jo Johnson and Andrew Jack for the Financial Times.
India drug patent law clears its first hurdle.
- March 23, 2005. Randeep Ramesh for the Guardian.
Cheap Aids drugs under threat.
- March 23, 2005. The Times of India.
Indian Pharma interests well protected: Nath.
- March 23, 2005. Anand Giridharadas for the International Herald Tribune.
India nears turning point on drug patent rules.
- March 22, 2005. Reuters.
Lok Sabha passes patent bill.
- March 22, 2005. Associated Press.
International aid groups say India's overhaul of patent law deals death blow to cancer, AIDS patients.
- March 22, 2005. Financial Express.
Lok Sabha nod for Patents Bill.
- March 22, 2005. Rajesh Mahapatra for the Associated Press.
Indian legislature adopts new patent law.
- March 22, 2005. India Info Line.
Lok Sabha approves Patent Bill.
- March 22, 2005. Business Standard.
Government plugs gaps in Patents Bill.
- March 21, 2005. K.G. Narendranath for the Financial Express.
Centre to curb evergreening of patents in amended Bill.
- March 21, 2005. Business Standard.
Patents seen raising drug prices -
Govt wants more flexibilities in patent ordinance.
- March 21, 2005. Ramola Talwar Badam for the Associated Press.
Groups critical of India on patent laws.
- March 21, 2005. Kerala Next News.
Debate on Patent Bill deferred amid protest.
- March 21, 2005. Agence France Presse.
Global AIDS, cancer activists step up pressure against Indian patents bill.
- March 19, 2005. The Hindu Business Line.
New Patents Bill introduced amid protests.
- March 18, 2005. Business Standard.
Patents Bill headed for select panel - Left, BJP refuse to change stand.
- March 18, 2005. Reuters.
India Considers Bill to End Copying of Patented Drugs.
- March 18, 2005. Edward Luce and Andrew Jack for the Financial Times.
India's opposition rejects drug law.
- March 18, 2005. The Hindu Business Line.
Amended Patents Bill introduced in LS - Left, BJP seek more changes.
- March 18, 2005. Sify.
Patents Bill introduced in Lok Sabha.
- March 17, 2005. Amiti Sen & Shebonti Ray Dadwal in the Financial
Loss of face for India if Patents Ordinance lapses.
- March 16, 2005. Economic Times.
Govt to introduce Patent Bill next week.
- March 16, 2005. Press Trust of India.
Govt may introduce Patent bill next week.
- March 16, 2005 Ganapathy Subramaniam for the Economic Times.
Govt urged to handle patent law with care.
- March 15, 2005. The Times of India.
Indian Patents Bill Faces Roadblock.
- March 11, 2005. Nithya Subramanian for the Hindu Business Line.
Foreign nations lobbying PMO for favourable patents law.
- March 12, 2005. Op-ed in the Hindu by Frederick M. Abbott, Amy Kapczynski
& T. N. Srinivasan.
The draft patent law.
- March 11, 2005. The Economic Times.
UPA yields an inch, Left wants a mile.
- March 5, 2005. New York Times editorial.
AIDS Drugs Threatened.
- February 15, 2005. Shaban Serunkuma for Consumer Perspective (Uganda).
New Indian law is a threat to Ugandan healthcare consumers.
- February 10, 2005. The Times of India.
New Patent Law Pushes Up the Price of AIDS Drugs.
- February 10, 2005. Financial Express.
Centre ensures smooth sailing of patent regime.
- February 2, 2005. India Express.
'Inadequate' decree comes under attack from patent activists.
- January 31, 2005. Ben Hirschler for Reuters.
Kamal Nath says parliament will back drug law.
- January 28, 2005. The Financial Times.
Kamal Nath: ‘New patents regime will not affect drug exports’.
- January 25, 2005. The Economic Times.
Indian Patents ordinance "not to create monopolies."
- January 24, 2005. Indo-Asian News Service.
India to revisit ambiguous clauses in patent law.
- January 19, 2005. Bridges Weekly Trade News Digest.
Indian TRIPS-Compliance Legislation Under Fire.
- January 18, 2005. New York Times editorial.
- January 5, 2005. G. Srinivasan for the Hindu Business Line.
Patent ordinance and reality check.
- January 5, 2005. Rajinday Sachar for the Economic Times.
Wrong Medicine: Patent Ordinance to Drive Up Drug Prices.
- January 4, 2005. The Economic Times.
Crucial safeguards missed out in patents ordinance.
- January 3, 2005. P.T. Jyothi Datta for the Hindu Business Line.
Day 1 of product patent regime — Pharmaceutical industry kept guessing.
- January 3, 2005. Indo-Asian News Service.
Prime Minister Optimistic About New Patent Regime on Drugs.
- January 3, 2005. Gireesh Chandra Prasad for the Economic Times.
Pricing of Patented Drugs May Not Be Easy for the Indian Government.
- December 30, 2004. Reuters.
New patent law to shake up drug industry.
- December 28, 2004. The Financial Express.
Patent ordinance eases processing, removes exclusive marketing rights.
- December 27, 2004. Reuters.
A Decree Updates India's Patent Laws.
- December 27, 2004. Associated Press.
India makes key changes to patent law: WTO-mandated reform affects drugs, tech products.
- December 27, 2004. P.T. Jyothi Datta for the Hindu Buiness Line.
Date kept, now for the devil in the detail.
- December 24, 2004. Pallavi Majumdar for the Business Standard.
Patents Ordinance to allow post-grant opposition.
- December 22, 2004. Rahul Rajkumar, Amy Kapczinski and Achal Prabhala in Outlook India.
A Bitter Pill For Aam Aadmi.
- December 17, 2004. Joe De Capua for the Voice of America.
India's Pharmaceutical Industry Denies Patent Law Changes Will Drive Up AIDS Drug Prices, Reduce Availability.
- December 20, 2004. P.T. Jyothi Datta for the Hindu Business Line.
Novartis' Glivec Story - A Sign of Things to Come?
- December 8, 2004. The Hindu.
Protest against new Patents Bill.
- December 4, 2004. Owen Dyer for the British Medical Journal.
New 20 year patents threaten to end AIDS drugs for developing countries.
- Nobember 26, 2004. Ranjit Devraj for the Inter Press Service.
Goodbye to Cheap Indian Drugs?
- November 24, 2004. Bridges Weekly Trade Digest.
India Patent Law Changes Face Resistance.
- November 18, 2004. P. Vinod Kumar for the Financial Express.
MNC drug companies gear up for patent battles in India.
- November 12, 2004. Economic Times News Network.
Govt caught between Left & WTO on Patents Bill.
- October 25, 2004. InPharma.com.
India gets set for WTO patent regime.
- October 19, 2004. Financial Express.
India to meet product patent deadline: Nath.