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Intellectual property rights are becoming less flexible, says Oxfam

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 21 September 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:614
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    The charity Oxfam has criticised proposals from the UK government's think tank on patents for not going far enough to help poor countries bypass patent laws and get the drugs and technology they need to escape poverty.

    Although it has cautiously welcomed the first report from the Commission for Intellectual Property Rights (14 September, p 562), Oxfam says that the report's recommendations are meaningless for the many developing countries that do not have the technology to manufacture …

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