Balancing the Inventors’ Interest against the Public Interest: The Case of the Patent Law of Qatar

Mohamed Salem Abou El Farag

Abstract


In compliance with its obligations under the World Trade Organisation, Qatar issued new laws on intellectual property. With the rapid development of the country’s economy, a patent regime has, undoubtedly, become a critical issue. This paper examines Qatari patent law (Law No. 30/2006). It goes on to argue that although the law contains some measures aimed at protecting the public interest, the law does not go far enough and appears to fall short of international aspirations. 

Keywords


Qatar, patents, TRIPs, parallel imports, public interest.

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