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Patent laws are keeping poor countries in poverty

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 14 September 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:562
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Intellectual property systems in developed countries are helping to keep poorer countries trapped in poverty, says a report out this week. Laws on patents and intellectual property need to be relaxed and adapted to help developing countries fight poverty and gain access to technology, medicines, and research.

    Developing countries should set their own agenda and develop laws that give them easier access to cut-price drugs and generic versions of drugs that are still patented. They should also aim to ensure that diagnostic and surgical methods are excluded from patents, …

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