Overcoming Intellectual Property Barriers to Enable Access to Affordable ARVs: Pricing and Patent Toolkits and Sharing of Successful Strategies from Brazil, India and South Africa

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Enabling price reductions through generic competition is the most sustainable mechanism to ensure affordable access to ARV, but generic competition is threatened by new intellectual property (IP) barriers that extend pharmaceutical monopolies and keep drug prices high. Safeguards available in international law and used to mitigate IP barriers when public health needs exist are increasingly important.

Drawing on new tools and case studies from South Africa, Brazil, Argentina and India, this workshop will empower participants to identify IP barriers, assess impact on specific medical products, and design campaigns to implement legal and policy actions, including compulsory licenses, patent oppositions, and stricter patentability requirements.

Participants will also learn how to use various practical tools, including a new patent opposition database and patent and pricing search tools including UNDP’s patent methodology and MSF’s Untangling the Web of Antiretroviral Price Reductions.


Judit Rius Sanjuan
Leena Menghaney
Felipe de Carvalho
Mandeep Dhaliwal
Nonkosi Khumalo
Michelle Childs
Marcela Vieira
María Lorena Di Giano
Arax Bozadjian