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Title: A comparative study of patent protection in the field of pharmaceuticals
Author: Kuanpoth, Jakkrit
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 1994
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In the late 1980s, many developed countries were of the opinion that national patent laws of most developing countries were insufficient in protecting some essential technologies such as pharmaceuticals and biotechnologies. The advanced nations claimed that the lack of adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights brings about distortions in international trade. In order to strengthen protection worldwide, this issue was raised and discussed at the Uruguay Round of multilateral trade negotiations in order to formulate new international rules for international protection of intellectual property rights. Like many other countries, the U.K. and Thailand have adopted a patent law to provide legal protection to inventors. The main purpose of this thesis is to undertake an examination of the effects of pharmaceutical patenting in a developed and a developing country by looking at the situation and experience of the U.K. and Thailand. In this regard, chapter one introduces the concept and evolution of patent. It also undertakes a critical examination of basic principles enshrined in the Paris Convention. Chapter two outlines recent trends in international dispute on the issue of patent protection and examines the relationship between patents and international trade. Chapter three examines the present patent law of the U.K. in relation to pharmaceuticals. The next chapter goes on examining the present patent regulatory regime of Thailand. Chapters five and six assess the costs and benefits surrounding pharmaceutical patents in the U.K. and Thailand. The last chapter, chapter seven, summarises outstanding issues in the thesis and presents some policy recommendations regarding patents and pharmaceuticals.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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