Dinner for “WTO-WIPO Colloquium for Teachers of Intellectual Property” participants to meet with Geneva IP Community

23 June 2009
18 rue de Richemont, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland

The International Centre for Trade & Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the Quaker UN Office (QUNO) held a dinner on Tuesday 23rd June, at 6.30 pm, at the Hotel Epsom, 18 rue de Richemont, Geneva.

The dinner provided the opportunity for participants at the WTO-WIPO Colloquium for Teachers of Intellectual Property to meet informally over dinner with the Geneva-based community working on intellectual property.

Each year, the WTO and WIPO offer a two-week in-depth Colloquium for around 20 selected experts teaching in the field of intellectual property, predominantly from universities in developing countries. The colloquium gives this group of academic experts an intensive programme on current issues in the WTO and WIPO, and on the state of negotiations. This dinner, hosted by ICTSD and QUNO is the key opportunity for participants to meet with national counterparts and get a more informal, practical account of how negotiations are shaped in Geneva and beyond.

This event affords the colloquium pparticipants, who will shape the knowledge of future IP policymakers, can discuss informally the national positions in the TRIPS Council and WIPO with those involved in the negotiations. Given your experience, and that there will be a participant from xxx in the colloquium your participation would be most valuable.

During the dinner, there was also a short panel presentation entitled ‘Developing Countries and the Global IP Agenda,’ with Maximiliano Santa Cruz (Mission of Chile, Chair-WIPO Standing Committee on Patents), Pedro Roffe (ICTSD), and Sisule Musungu, IQSensato.

Please email to cdommen@quno.ch or quno@quno.ch or by phone on 022 748 4810 for further information.