ISSN: (Online) 2321 -4155
ISSN: (Print) 2320 -7000

JOURNAL OF INDIAN RESEARCH
VOLUME : 1, ISSUE : 3 July-September, 2013 (ISSN No. : 2321-4155)
 
KEY HUMAN RIGHTS AT THREAT UNDER THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
Shashirekha Malgi
 
ABSTRACT
Human rights and intellectual property rights are two distinct fields that have co-evolved separately. Their relationship needs to be re-examined for a number of reasons. Firstly, the impact of intellectual property rights on the realization of human rights such as the right to health, food etc, have become much more visible following the adoption of the TRIPS Agreement. Secondly, the increasing importance of intellectual property rights has led to the need for clarifying the scope of human rights provisions, protecting individual contributions to knowledge. Thirdly, a number of new challenges need to be addressed concerning contributions to knowledge, which cannot effectively be protected under existing intellectual property rights regimes. Intellectual property rights also have direct and indirect impact on the realization of human rights. Finally, human rights treaties recognize certain rights pertaining to science and technology. The present paper focuses on how intellectual property rights affect human rights adversely, and the need to create awareness among the masses.
 
KEYWORD
Agriculture products, food, patenting of food, pharmaceuticals, Right to Health.
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