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The global innovation and intellectual property landscape is witnessing rapid and significant changes and the ability of global trade and intellectual property frameworks to address   these changes is the subject of growing debate. After examining the implementation of the WIPO Development Agenda at our event last month (18-19th September 2014), this  expert dialogue aims to  reflect on the role of the TRIPS Agreement and the TRIPS Council, twenty years after the conclusion of Uruguay round and the signature of Marrakesh agreements which brought intellectual property rules into the multilateral trade system for the first time.
 

How has the implementation of the TRIPS Agreement fared? How can the effectiveness of the TRIPS Council be improved to address existing and new items on its agenda taking into account the current stalemate in the Doha round? Where does the TRIPS framework stand with regard to the proliferation of preferential trade agreements and plurilaterals? How can the needs and specific circumstances of LDCs be better addressed? What is the scope of discussion, or eventually action in the TRIPS context, in relation to new and emerging policy issues? These are some of the questions the dialogue will seek to address with a view to achieving a better understanding of the challenges facing the multilateral system in this area and fostering possible shared understandings regarding the possible responses.

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Thursday, 30 October 2014 - 3:19pm to Friday, 31 October 2014 - 3:19pm

LDCs and TRIPS: Overcoming challenges, seeking solutions

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Friday, 26 September 2014 - 9:52am
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The global innovation and intellectual property landscape is witnessing rapid and far reaching changes. This dialogue is the first in a series of multi-stakeholder dialogues aimed reflecting on these changes and their possible implications for international cooperation. Convened by ICTSD, the dialogue will examine the implementation of the 2007 WIPO Development Agenda recommendations, a decade after the original Development Agenda proposal was launched.

In this context, the dialogue will look at the collective achievements and future challenges toward the establishment of a balanced and development–oriented intellectual property system, which effectively promotes innovation while supporting public policy objectives.

Webcasting of this event was cancelled due to unexpected circumstances.

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Reviewing the implementation of the WIPO Development Agenda: Issues and Challenges
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Thursday, 18 September 2014 - 9:00am to Friday, 19 September 2014 - 1:00pm

In the majority of African countries, the informal economy remains predominant. At the same time, most African countries are Least Developed Countries (LDCs) which are exempted from most TRIPS obligations until 2021 in accordance with the latest WTO extension decision adopted in 2013. Yet a number of African countries seek to use IP to generate greater value added for their agricultural products (such as coffee), traditional knowledge and genetic resources through, for example, the use of trademarks and geographical indications. Africa’s informal sectors are particularly adept at appropriating knowledge to facilitate rapid and locally relevant innovation. The session will look at the role of innovation and IP in Africa’s development process as well as how development partners can contribute with improved technology transfer (article 66.2) and better targeted technical assistance. Specific reference will be made to innovation in the informal economies and their contribution to Africa’s share in international trade

On line registration is now closed. Possibility to register on the spot as from 7:30 am on 1 October 

Please check other ICTSD sessions during WTO Public Forum

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Technology Transfer in the TRIPS Age: The Need for New Types of Partnerships between the Least Developed and Most Advanced EconomiesTechnical Note: The LDC TRIPS Transition Extension and the Question of RollbackIP Trends in African LDCs and the LDC TRIPS Transition Extension: Fikremarkos MersoMeaningful Technology Transfer to the LDCs: A Proposal for a Monitoring Mechanism for TRIPS Article 66.2
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Africa
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Friday, 3 October 2014 - 4:00pm