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Leaked UK-India Draft FTA Text: Eyes On Provision That Felled Glivec Patent

Executive Summary

A leaked draft intellectual property chapter, purported to be the UK’s opening proposal, from a planned bilateral free trade agreement with India features several controversial provisions. These include nullifying an Indian regulation that disallows patents for "incremental" inventions, requirements around mandatory disclosures on the working of patents, as well as the introduction of data exclusivity. Legal experts weigh in on some of these long-standing contentious issues.

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