World Trade Organization: Issues Involving Health Care and Intellectual Property Disputes
WTO Ministerial in Hong Kong, Hong Kong, December 13-18
- CPTech Documents
- Webpages Dedicated to the Ministerial
- Médecins Sans Frontières Documents
- Misc. Documents
Documents and Events Leading Up to the December WTO Ministerial in Hong Kong
CPTech Page on WTO Rules Concerning Exports of Goods Produced Under Compulsory License.
- CPTech Page on Doha Ministerial.
- December, 20, 2002.
CPTech Statement on the Collapse of Doha Paragraph Six Negotiations.
- November 12, 2002.
Letter from James Love to Robert Zoellick on the Doha Negotiations.
- May, 2002. James Love for Bridges Between Trade and Sustainable Development.
(Year 6, no. 4)
Access to Medicines: Solving the Export Problem under TRIPs.
- January 28, 2002.
Joint letter from Consumer Project on Technology, Essential
Action, Medicines Sans Frontieres, Oxfam International, Health GAP
Coalition, and the Third World Network to the World Trade Organization
TRIPS Compliant Exports Under an Article 30 General Exception.
- January 21, 2001. James Love.
Access To Medicine And Compliance with the WTO TRIPS Accord: Models For State Practice
In Developing Countries.
Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)
- WTO Documents
- Excerpt from Chapter 6 of the
National Security Strategy of the United States of America,
published by the White House on September 20, 2002.
Beyond market access, the most important area where trade
intersects with poverty is in public health.We will ensure
that the WTO intellectual property rules are flexible enough
to allow developing nations to gain access to critical
medicines for extraordinary dangers like HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis,
- NGO Documents
WTO Country Disputes Relating to Health Care and Intellectual Property
- Information on the
US/Brazil case before the WTO Dispute Settlement Body.
- May 5, 2000, WTO Panel Report,WT/DS170/R-Canada-Patent protection of Pharmaceuticals,
Complaint by the United States
- March 17, 2000, WTO Panel Report,
WT/DS114/R-Canada-Patent Protection of Pharmaceutical Products
Complaint by the European Communities and their Member States
- August 24, 1998, WTO Panel Report,
WTO/DS79/R-India-Patent Protection of Pharmaceutical and Agricultural Chemical Products
Overview of the State-of-play of WTO Disputes (general)
WTO 1999 Ministerial Meeting, Seattle
- December 2, 1999 MSF, HAI, CPT Press statement- Seattle.
- December 2, 1999, CPT statement on draft Common Working Paper of the
EC, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Switzerland and Turkey to the Seattle Ministerial Declaration, as it relates to the TRIPS agreement
and access to drugs.
- December 1, 1999, President Clinton Announces
New Cooperative Effort To Help Poor Countries Gain Access To Affordable Medicines,Including For HIV/AIDS Treatment.
- December 1, 1999 USTR Press Release on The Protection of
Intellectual Property and Health Policy.
- November 26, 1999
Amsterdam Statement To WTO Member States On Access To Medicine.
- November 8, 1999
MSF, HAI, CPT open letter to WTO member states regarding access to medical technologies.
- April 9, 2007. Op-ed by Anuradha Rajivan in the Times of India.
NRIs! 10 Years No Minimum Balance!
- June 17, 2005. Inside U.S. Trade.
WTO Members Make No Headway on TRIPS as EU Proposal Still Held Up.
- May 27, 2005. Inside U.S. Trade.
U.S. Cool to Compromise Aimed at Resolving TRIPS and Health Fight.
- April 4, 2005. Sangeeta Shashikant for the South-North Development
Heated discussions as TRIPS and Health deadline is missed.
- March 31, 2005. William New for IP Watch.
TRIPS Public Health Amendment Deadline Missed.
- March 21, 2005. William New for IP Watch.
Talks On TRIPS and Health Stall As Deadline Nears.
- January 9, 2003. Victor Youmbi for Open Democracy.
The WTO, or how patenting crushes Africans - From Cameroon, a passionate
cry of protest against the global intellectual property system that holds
African citizens in the chains of poverty.
- February 26, 2003. Natasha McDowell for SciDev.net.
WTO Patent Rules "Should Be Scrapped."
- January, 2003. Aileen Kwa for Focus on the Global South.
Power Politics in the WTO.
- January 19, 2003. MENA News Agency.
WTO director commends Egypt's support for developing nations.
- 2002. Joint project by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable
Development and the UN Conference on Trade and Development.
Resource Book on TRIPS and Development: An authoritative and practical guide
to the TRIPS Agreement.
- December 1, 2002. Panos Institute.
Patents, Pills and Public Health - Can TRIPS Deliver?
- August 31, 2002. Sanjay Kumar for the British Medical Journal.
Health can take precedence over trade issues, says report.
- August 24, 2002. Agence France Presse.
WTO, WHO urge leaders to link trade, health policy.
- August 22, 2002. Robert Evans for Reuters.
WTO, WHO See No Conflict in Trade Rules and Health.
- May 24, 2002. Inside US Trade.
Least Developed Countries Push for New Exemption to TRIPS Obligations.
- March 8, 2002. Letter to the Editor of The Times by John Enderby, Vice
President of the Royal Society.
Unfair intellectual property rules.
- March 6, 2002. Xinhuanet News Agency.
WTO's Would-Be Chief Vows to Support Developing Countries.
- February 3, 2002. Raymond Colitt for the Financial Times.
WTO rules 'detrimental' to developing countries.
- November 30, 2001. Inside U.S. Trade.
Larson Expects Little Further Debate on TRIPS and Health in WTO.
- November 22, 2001.
Memo from Adrian Otten to UNAIDS on the Doha Declaration on TRIPS
and Public Health.
- October 9, 2001. Frances Williams for the Financial Times.
WTO Director General Warns on Global Trading.
- September 2001. British Department for International Development background briefing.
TRIPS and Development.
- June, 2001. Oxfam Policy Paper.
WTO Patent Rules and Access to Medicines: The Pressure Mounts.
- June 22, 2001. Reuters.
WTO Ruling Raises Heat in EU - U.S. Dispute. "World Trade
Organization experts ruled Friday that a U.S. tax break law
violated trade rules... The confidential interim ruling, if confirmed
throughout lengthy WTO procedures, could set the stage for the EU
to impose up to $4 billion of sanctions on U.S. exports early next
year -- a move that could spark retaliation from the United States."
- November 7, 1990
Gatt Decision on Thailand "Restrictions on Importation of and Internal Taxes on Cigarettes"