Make it Fair!
The EU can take several steps to make its IP policies more in line with the development policy:
- The EU should not demand any TRIPS plus commitments or introduce stringent border rules, especially where public health can be negatively affected;
- Developing countries should be supported in their use of TRIPS flexibilities, besides other, more effective ways to stimulate innovation and promote transfer of technology should be explored and promoted;
- There should be reference made to the Doha Declaration relating to all IP provisions in the text, truly ensuring policy space for using compulsory licensing;
- FTA’s should emphasize that IP enforcement measures should not divert resources away from other priority areas, such as health protection.