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In this multimedia teaching resource, Christoph Spennemann, of UNCTAD’s International Property Unit, explains how East African countries have used TRIPS(*) flexibilities to promote the production of local pharmaceuticals while dealing with  challenges posed by counterfeiting and sub-standard drugs.

Spennemann begins with an introduction to patent rights and intellectual property, access to quality medicine in Africa, and local production initiatives. He then moves on to describe anti-counterfeit initiatives in East Africa, and compares relevant laws in Kenya, Uganda, and the East African Community.

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 (*)Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights