ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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POLITICS-Short-sighted Follies

PATENTS In Reverse Gear THERE can be no understating the implications of accepting the Dunkel proposals on Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) for India which had enacted a relatively progressive patent legislation in 1970. The government has now set up a cabinet sub-committee under Arjun Singh to examine the Dunkel proposals and the lobbying game has begun with ASSOC HAM in support and the Indian Drug Manufacturers' Association (IDMA). the mouthpiece of local drug manufacturers, against. In India lobbying by various interest groups on patents goes back to the time when the government constituted a committee under justice Rajagopala Ayyangar on the revision of the patent law which submitted its report in 1959. There was strong opposition to the recommendations of the Ayyangar committee from such expected quarters as ASSOCHAM and OPPI, the latter the organisation of transnational drug com panies in lndia.

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