IGBA Urges WIPO To Revoke Patent Database Support
Points To Unverified Information In Originator-Backed Pat-INFORMED Database
The International Generic and Biosimilar Medicines Association has urged the World Intellectual Property Organization to withdraw its support for a global database of pharmaceutical patent information. The Pat-INFORMED database – which is comprised of intellectual-property information provided by originators – contains unverified data and lacks appropriate safeguards, the IGBA contends.
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An online register of global patent information for medicines launched by the WIPO and brand industry body IFPMA serves as a tool for patent linkage, contains no mechanisms to ensure accuracy, and is inappropriate for a UN agency to endorse, according to the IGBA.