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WTO at 20: Symposium on the TRIPS Agreement for TRIPS Council Members and Observers (26 February 2015)

As part of the World Trade Organization's (WTO) technical assistance and capacity building program, on Thursday, 26 February 2015, the WTO Secretariat convened Symposium on the TRIPS Agreement for TRIPS Council Members and Observers which brought together negotiators from the 1986–94 Uruguay Round to discuss how the Round introduced intellectual property norms into the architecture of the multilateral trading system. In addition, other experts were brought in to discuss what has happened since the introduction of the TRIPS Agreement, and what augurs for the future.


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The Uruguay Round- The Glory Years, Source: World Trade Organization

WTO TRIPS Council (February 2015): EU mounts defense of tobacco plain packing measures in the Republic of Ireland and the UK

The following statement was delivered by the European Union on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 at the WTO TRIPS Council during discussions on "Concerns with respect to proposals for plain packaging of tobacco products in the United Kingdom and Ireland".

WTO TRIPS Council (February 2015): Bangladesh statement (on behalf of LDC Group)- Extension of the 2016 transitional period

On Tuesday, 24 February 2015, Bangladesh, on behalf of the LDC Group, presented the submission of the LDC Group on an Extension of the Transitional Period Under Article 66.1 of the TRIPS Agreement for LDC Members for Certain Obligations with Respect to Pharmaceutical Products in the following impassioned statement.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS

EXTENSION OF THE TRANSITION PERIOD UNDER ARTICLE 66.1 OF THE TRIPS AGREEMENT FOR LEAST-DEVELOPED COUNTRY MEMBERS FOR CERTAIN OBLIGATIONS WITH RESPECT TO PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS

Mr. Chair

WTO TRIPS Council (February 2015): LDC Group statement on Non-Violation and Situation Complaints

On Tuesday, 24 February 2015, Bangladesh, on behalf of the LDC Group delivered the following statement on non-violation and situation complaints.

AGENDA 6: NON-VIOLATION AND SITUATION COMPLAINTS

Mr. Chairman,

I am taking floor on behalf of the LDC group.

LDCs are concerned that non-violation and situation complaints may pose unnecessary problems to LDCs which can be otherwise avoidable if we do not implement this provision under TRIPS.

WTO TRIPS Council (February 2015): LDC request for extension of the transitional period for pharmaceutical products

The World Trade Organization (WTO) is convening the TRIPS Council from Tuesday, 24 February 2015 to Wednesday, 25 February 2015. As mentioned in a previous piece, Norway and the United States "have submitted a written request for the inclusion of the topic, "Intellectual Property and Innovation: Women And Innovation" (Source: WTO TRIPS Council-February 2015- Norway and the United States bring gender mainstreaming to the fore-Women and Innovation, http://keionline.org/node/2167).

WTO Trade Policy Review of the United States: USTR deflects questions from India on compulsory licensing (December 2014)

On 16 December 2014 and 18 December 2014, the World Trade Organization (WTO) undertook a trade policy review of the United States of America. All members of the WTO are subject to review under the Trade Policy Review Mechanism (TPRM).

Human Rights Council Social Forum 2015: Intervention of Knowledge Ecology International

20 February 2015

In accordance with Human Rights Council resolution A/HRC/RES/26/28, the Human Rights Council convened the 2015 Social Forum at the United Nations Palais des Nations in Geneva from 18-20, February 2015 with a focus on "access to medicines in the context of the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, including best practices in this regard."

Save the Date- 19 February 2015- Fire in the Blood- Screening co-sponsored by KEI/MSF-Access Campaign

The Human Rights Council's 2015 Social Forum will take place from 18 February 2015 to 20 February 2015 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

As requested by the Council in the above-mentioned resolution, the 2015 Social Forum will focus on "access to medicines in the context of the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, including best practices in this regard ". (Source: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Poverty/SForum/Pages/SForum2015.aspx).

WTO TRIPS Council (February 2015): Norway and the United States bring gender mainstreaming to the fore-Women and Innovation

The first session of the 2015 World Trade Organization's TRIPS Council takes place from 24 February 2015 to 25 February 2015. Like clockwork, the United States has tabled the inclusion of an additional item on Intellectual Property and Innovation. This marks the 8th time since November 2012 that the United States has submitted the inclusion of an additional agenda item to the TRIPS Council relating to intellectual property or innovation.

Argentina, Brazil, India and South Africa- Draft decision to extend mandate of Global Strategy and Plan of Action till 2022

On Tuesday, 27 January 2015, Argentina, Brazil, India and South Africa tabled a draft decision to extend the mandate of the Global strategy and plan of action and public health, innovation and intellectual property (EB136/CONF.7) until 2022. We expect that this draft decision will be discussed on Thursday, 29 January 2015 under agenda item 10.5, Global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property.

WTO TRIPS Council (October 2014): Bangladesh statement (on behalf of LDCs)- Extension of the 2016 transition period

At the WTO TRIPS Council in October 2014, Bangladesh, on behalf of the LDC Group, delivered the following intervention on "Extension of the Transition Period Under Article 66.1 of the TRIPS Agreement for Least-Developed Country Members for Certain Obligations with Respect to Pharmaceutical Products." The current transition period incorporate two WTO decisions, TRIPS Council decision, IP/C/25 (Extension of the Transition Period under Article 66.1 of the TRIPS Agreement for Least-Developed Country Members for Certain Obligat

EB136: WHO outlines contours of a Pooled Fund for Global Health Research and Development

In May 2014, the World Health Organization's member countries passed decision 67(15) instructing WHO Director-General Margaret Chan to explore, with TDR, the possibility of hosting a pooled funding mechanism for R&D.

EB136: WHO Evaluation of the global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property

The World Health Organization (WHO) convenes its 136th Executive Board in Geneva from 26 January 2015 to 3 February 2015. Among the topics up for discussion at EB136 is the proposed evaluation of WHO"s global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property (document EB136/31). The mandate for this overall program review of the global strategy and plan of action emanates from WHA62.16, paragraph 6, which requests the WHO

SCCR29: Summary By the Chair

On Friday, 12 December 2014, Martin Moscoso, the Chair of the 29th session of WIPO's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR29) released his Summary By the Chair (attached below) which contained language on the 1) protection of broadcasting organizations, 2) limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives and 3) limitations and exceptions for educational and research institutions and for person with other disabilities.

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