September 22, 2017

Russia accepts TRIPS amendment to ease poor countries’ access to affordable medicines

On 22 September 2017 the Russian Federation deposited its instrument of acceptance for the 2005 protocol amending the WTO’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) with WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo. This brings to 118 the total number of WTO members that have agreed to make the protocol a permanent part of the TRIPS Agreement, thus securing for developing countries a legal pathway to ease access to affordable medicines.

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