INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: TRIPS AND PUBLIC HEALTH
Amendment of the TRIPS Agreement
WTO members on 6 December 2005 approved changes to the WTO’s intellectual property (TRIPS) agreement in order to make permanent a decision on patents and public health originally adopted in 2003. This was formally built into the TRIPS Agreement after acceptance of the Protocol amending the TRIPS Agreement by two thirds of the WTO’s members. The amendment took effect on 23 January 2017 and replaced the 2003 waiver for members who have accepted the amendment.
Members who are yet to accept the amendment currently have until 31 December 2017 to do so (document WT/L/965). For them the waiver will continue to apply until a member accepts the amendment and it takes effect for it.
Members and dates of acceptance
> How to accept the protocol amending the TRIPS Agreement: Background information for members on procedures