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IP PROTECTION POST-COVID-19 – IN THE LIGHT OF COVID VACCINE PATENTS ISSUE

By Yatindra Choudhary


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Abstract
The Covid-19 pandemic has affected the entire world physically, economically, and emotionally too. When we talk about recent developments in law the concern of courts and lawmakers is mainly orbiting around digital misconducts (Aarogya setu app, Amazon, Coronil cases etc.), medicinal drugs (AstraZeneca case), and covid vaccines issue which all are part of Intellectual Property protection to a great extent. IP laws play a huge part in these and therefore requires a healthy negotiation. Coronavirus has affected different countries with different forces as all nations facing the same pandemic have different recovery paces. India being one widely populated and still developing country is facing covid vaccine unavailability issue massively. While other countries are talking about patent waivers for covid vaccines India is more concerned about the non-availability of raw materials and lack of tech transfer even if waivers are approved. Also, India’s existing manufacturing capacity is already in full use including private sectors, and because of these reasons compulsory licenses will prove ineffective too. But if we talk about long-term measures, Voluntary licensing, IP innovations, better supply and transportation from other countries, manufacturing of drugs etc. can be reviewed, as proposed by WIPO also. The development of IP laws is one such exceedingly valuable measure for which WIPO has put forward its step and the same must be introduced at the national level too because pandemics like covid19 have always paved the way for better future advancements not to forget the period of AIDS epidemic, Polio, Hepatitis B, etc.
Keywords
Covid-19, Intellectual property, Patents, Covid vaccines, WIPO, Innovation, Measures.

TypeResearch Paper
InformationLex Humanitariae: Journal for a Change, Volume II issue IV, Pages 436-454
ISSN 2582-5216
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