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TRIPS-Plus IP demands from EU could halt South American trade deal

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Free trade negotiations between the EU and the Latin American trade bloc Mercosur (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) are at a standstill, in part at least because of demands from the EU that Mercosur introduce tougher measures to protect intellectual property rights. At a time when Brazil is endeavouring to become more self-sufficient in pharmaceutical production and Argentina is imposing bans on drug importation (scripintelligence.com, 6 June 2011), it is unsurprising that Mercosur opposes EU proposals for 5-year patent extension for drugs and 10-year data exclusivity.

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