Trade secrets

CONSIDER this hypothetical: a radical new surgical technique for bariatric surgery is developed which has significantly improved patient outcomes when compared to current best practice. But the technique itself is the subject of a patent that stipulates a hefty licence fee for those who wish to use it.

Those who do not pay are effectively barred from using the technique, and from providing a higher standard of care to their patients.

Although still a hypothetical situation, there are very real concerns that this situation could become a reality under a proposed major regional trade

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