As part of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), 1869 U.N.T.S. 299, 33 I.L.M. 1197, countries within the agreement are permitted to take into consideration their economic and development needs and amend their intellectual property laws. These individual departures from the treaty text are termed "flexibilities."
Database on Flexibilities in the Intellectual Property System
Contains data drawn from WIPO documents on Patent Related Flexibilities in the Multilateral Legal Framework and their Legislative Implementation at the National and Regional Levels. The database allows searches for implementation of flexibilities in national IP laws in selected jurisdictions.