TRIPS, Intellectual Property Rights and Access to Medicines
(2006; 4 pages)


The Agreement on Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (or the TRIPS Agreement) is an integral part of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreements, which create binding international obligations among WTO Member States. The TRIPS Agreement is subject to the WTO’s dispute settlement mechanism, which may -as a last resort- allow Member Countries to apply trade sanctions against a noncompliant Country, thereby ensuring enforcement of the WTO’s rules and agreements...

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