- Traditional Medicine > Traditional, Complementary and Herbal Medicine
- Public Health, Innovation, Intellectual Property and Trade > Intellectual Property (IP) and Trade
(2001; 88 pages)
IV. IPR & TRADITIONAL MEDICINE: MISMATCH
Conventional IPR protection usually implies granting exclusive or monopoly rights over an invention13. Such exclusive rights however may restrict access, and are thus not necessarily the preferred option from a public health perspective.
13 There are exceptions, e.g. in case of trade secret protection, exclusivity does not apply.