TPP seeks to allow patenting of medical *methods*


“Additionally, the US seeks to require that parties make patents available on plants and animals, as well as diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical methods for the treatment of humans or animals despite the fact that Article 27 of the TRIPS Agreement explicitly allows for the exclusion of these inventions from patent protection. Aside from the serious ethical concerns for surgeons performing procedures on patients, this text is not even compatible with the U.S. policy not to enforce patents against medical professionals.”

http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/press/2011/MSF-TPP-Issue-Brief.pdf

MSF, Sept 2011

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