A New Type of Intellectual Property Dispute
Bangkok: Chulalongkorn University, 51-81, 2009
Ann Marie Murphy, Ph.D.
School of Diplomacy and International Relations
Robert Fitts, (Ed.) in Refreshing Thai- U.S. Relations
Thailand's use of compulsory licenses to break patents on drugs
manufactured by U.S. pharmaceutical companies has created tensions
between Bangkok and Washington. Intellectual property rights have long
been a source of friction, but the compulsory licensing issue differs
from other cases of intellectual property disputes because access to
pharmaceuticals can mean the difference between life and death.