China -  Chinese law firm

Why are TRIPs IP protections controversial in some areas?

(a): As TRIPs introduced mandatory IP protections to all WTO members, it negated the opportunity for developing nations to make inexpensive copies of foreign drugs legally. Because patents are territorial, in the absence of mandatory patent protections a Taiwanese company could make a cheap version of expensive drugs for domestic use without violating any laws. With TRIPs, this is no longer an option, and it has criminalized the creation of low-cost drugs in many nations.

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