Q. Which of the following is covers under TRIPS PLUS provisions?

[A] Automobiles

[B] Marine products

[C] Pharmaceuticals

[D] Data Exclusivity

Answer: D

TRIPs Plus are higher level of protection norms demanded by the developed countries that are not prescribed by the WTO’s TRIPs regime.  

  • Although they are named as ‘TRIPS-Plus,’ they are not formally related to TRIPs. Rather, the term is used to indicate that these requirements go beyond the minimum standards imposed by TRIPs.  
  • Many developing countries who are members of FTAs are under pressure to enact these tougher conditions in their patent laws.  
  • An example for advanced norms under TRIPs Plus is the protection demanded by developed countries for data exclusivity. 

Source: The Hindu