Intellectual Property/TRIPS

No agreement on future work of WIPO Patents Committee

Original Publication Date: 
24 June, 2005
The Standing Committee on the Law ofPatents (SCP) at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) ended itsmeeting on 3 June 2005 without any agreement among Member States on how the future workprogramme of the committee should proceed.

Divisions continue at WIPO patents committee meeting

Original Publication Date: 
24 June, 2005
Divisions continue at WIPO patents committee meeting of the WIPO Standing Committee on Patents, held on 1-2 June 2005.

WIPO members split on future work on patent law treaty

Original Publication Date: 
24 June, 2005
A meeting of the World Intellectual Property Organisation's standingcommittee on patents (SCP) was held on 1-2 June 2005. At the meeting,WIPO member states were unable to agree on how the future workof the committee should proceed(M.Khor)

Developing countries propose that TRIPS should require patent applications on genetic resources/traditional knowledge should prove benefit sharing

Original Publication Date: 
17 March, 2005
A proposal that applications for patents relating to genetic resources and traditional knowledge should be accompanied by evidence of benefit sharing with the countries of origin.

Developing Countries Propose That TRIPS Should Require Patent Applications On Genetic Resources/Traditional Knowledge Should Prove Benefit Sharing

Original Publication Date: 
17 March, 2005
One of the highlights was a proposal by 8 developing countries that applications for patents relating to genetic resources and traditional knowledge should be accompanied by evidence of benefit sharing with the countries of origin

Who Owns the Knowledge Economy?<br>Political Organising Behind TRIPS

Original Publication Date: 
31 January, 2005
Because of a failure of democratic processes, a small group of men within the United States was able to capture the US trade-agenda-setting process and then to draft intellectual property principles that became the blueprint for TRIPS.

Africa Group Proposes Amendment To The TRIPS Agreement In Realtiion To Access To Medicines

Original Publication Date: 
14 December, 2004
Nigeria and Kenya defended the alterations arguing that texts originally in the waiver but deleted or altered in the waiver were superfluous or inappropriate within the TRIPS Agreement.

Africa Group proposes amendment to the TRIPS agreement in relation to access to medicines

Original Publication Date: 
2 December, 2004
The Chair of the TRIPS Council Ambassador Tony Miller of Hong Kong China is to hold further consultations on a proposal submitted by Nigeria on behalf of the African Group on an amendment to the TRIPS agreement.

Conclusions Of The Asian Workshop On TRIPS And Access To Medicines: Appropriate National Responses

Original Publication Date: 
29 November, 2004
The Asian Regional Workshop on the WTO TRIPS Agreement and Access to Medicines: Appropriate National Policy Responses was held in Kuala Lumpur on 28-30 November 2004.

Conclusions of the Asian workshop on TRIPS and access to medicines: appropriate national responses

Original Publication Date: 
29 November, 2004
Participants stressed that access to medicines and health services are vital for the Asian region, especially since this region has the largest share of the world's people.

India: Goodbye to cheap drugs?

Original Publication Date: 
19 November, 2004
As India moves to meet a New Year's Day deadline to comply with the TRIPS regime of the WTO the cheap, generic anti-AIDS drugs that this country is famed for could be a thing of the past.

WTO Turnaround 2013: Food, Jobs and Sustainable Development First – Statement

After many failed Ministerial meetings and nearly twelve years of negotiations, the Doha Round of WTO expansion is at a crossroads. Developed countries have pushed aside agreements to negotiate on key developing country issues intended to correct the imbalances within the existing WTO, which formed the basis of the development mandate of Doha. Even worse, developed countries appear to be re-packaging the same liberalization and market access demands of their corporate interests to create a “new trade narrative” towards gaining agreements at the upcoming 9th Ministerial in Bali. In this statement with specific demands Our World Is Not for Sale (OWINFS) network asserts that in addition to a long-term transformation of the global trade and economic architecture, immediate changes must be made to WTO in order to provide countries more policy space to pursue a positive agenda for development and job-creation, food security, sustainable development, access to affordable healthcare and medicines, and global financial stability.