The Human Rights (Parliamentary Security) Act 2011 (Cth) and the Increasingly Visible Intersections between the Human Right to Health and Intellectual Property in Australia

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Journal Article
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Intellectual Property Forum, 2016, (105), pp. 46 - 54
Issue Date:
2016-06
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Health and intellectual property intersect in many ways. Patent, trade mark and copyright legislation provide limited monopolies as incentives for innovation and creation. This can encourage the development of new pharmaceuticals and diagnostic methods which address disease and illness. However these monopolies can often restrict or prevent public access to those pharmaceuticals or diagnostic methods and the copyright works that describe and analyse them. These restrictions can negatively impact on health outcomes for individuals and populations.
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