The Daily Excelsior reports that provisions relating to the evergreening of patents have been dropped from RCEP negotiations after stiff opposition from India.

‘Evergreening’ involves making extremely minor changes to a patented product as a product expires, triggering a new period of patent protection:

“It may be noted that some RCEP countries had tried to introduce a clause in favour of evergreening of patents, which was dropped after stiff opposition from India,” Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.