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Patent Law The suit of the South African Government by 39 pharmaceutical corpora-tions concerning imports of genuine AIDS drugs INDEX 1Introduction 2Description of the case 3Laws applicable aTRIPs bMedicines and Related Substances Control Amendment Act South Africa - 1997 cInternational Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights dWTO rules concerning dumping practices 4Dispute resolution 5Comparative cases 6Conclusion INTRODUCTION This assignment aims to analyse the case concerning the patent law and par-ticularly compulsory licensing and parallel importing for drugs The case arose from the dispute about AIDS drugs between the South African Government and 39 international pharmaceutical corporations The battle was about the industrys pat-ent protection rights and patients rights to affordable medicines In order to analyse the laws applied and those that could be applied to solve the dispute we will examine TRIPs agreement Medicines and Related Sub-stances Control Amendment Act South Africa - 1997 International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights and WTO rules concerning Anti-dumping In the end we will try to confront the case with similar cases and ana-lyse the differences in their solutions and laws applied We will also make some assumptions on how the analysed case will affect the international laws concerning patents for drugs and solutions of disputes that could arise in this field DESCRIPTION OF THE CASE 1 History The case is concerned with the amendments of the South African Medicines and Related Substances Control Act which allowed getting an easier and less ex-pensive access to the anti-AIDS drugs and the opposition against such amend-ments by 39 pharmaceutical corporations On October 31 1997 the South African Parliament passed the Medicines and Related Substances Control Amendment Act and President Nelson Mandela signed it into law on November 25 1997 The new law contained measures that
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