Book Launch - Intellectual Property and Sustainable Development: Development Agendas in a Changing World

27 April 2010
chemin des Colombettes 34, 1202 Genève, Switzerland

To celebrate the recent release of its new book, Intellectual Property and Sustainable Development: Development Agendas in a Changing World, the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) is pleased to invite you to a book launch lunchtime side event, during the WIPO Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP), on Tuesday, 27th April 2010 (13h15-14h45) at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Room B (34, Chemin des Colombettes, 1211 Geneva).

A presentation of the book by the editors will be followed by an active discussion with commentators and participants. During the launch, speakers will address the relevance of ideas and proposals in the book to the WIPO Development Agenda implementation process and to ongoing deliberations in the CDIP.

The book, edited by Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz and Pedro Roffe, was inspired by the dialogues and events sponsored by ICTSD globally since 2001, many of which were often held in collaboration with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in the context of their joint project on intellectual property rights and sustainable development.

This new work brings together a selected number of papers by recognized experts in the field of IP and development initially produced for these dialogues, as well as those authored by rising scholars and policy-makers. The book’s ability to unite a diverse range of voices on issues that occupy a central space in today’s global economic debates is part of what sets it apart as a unique study.

From a development perspective, a number of new and emerging IP issues are examined in this book as well. Case studies and experiences from Africa, Asia, and Latin America analyse the impact of IP on the pharmaceutical sector, the protection of life forms and traditional knowledge, geographical indications, access to knowledge, and the role of competition policy. Challenges developing countries face in the TRIPS-Plus world are also addressed. The experiences revealed, as well as cyclical attitudes toward IP, show that there is ultimately no universal model of IP protection.

We hope you will be able to attend and participate in a lively exchange of ideas. Your experience and expertise will greatly contribute to this discussion.

A light lunch will be available.



Welcome and introduction

Presentation of the book
· Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, ICTSD Chief Executive
· Pedro Roffe, ICTSD Senior Fellow

· Carsten Fink, WIPO Chief Economist
· José Estanislau do Amaral, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Brazil
· Kiyoshi Adachi, Chief, IP Unit, Division on Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD

Open discussion

Pre-registration by 26th April 2010 is required due to limited space and security requirements. Please contact Alexandra Bhattacharya ( ; Tel: 022-9178150).

For more information about the book, click here. To order a copy, please visit Edward Elgar.