Sep 072017
 

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ICTSD is pleased to publish the fourth issue in the CEIPI-ICTSD series on Global Perspectives and Challenges for the Intellectual Property System produced jointly with the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI). The new issue, edited by Pedro Roffe and Xavier Seuba, explores the impact of plurilateralism on intellectual property law. Continue reading »

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TRIPS Council Meets on Public Health, Access to Medicines

 Posted by on November 18, 2016  Comments Off on TRIPS Council Meets on Public Health, Access to Medicines
Nov 182016
 

wto-logo[ictsd.org] WTO members reviewed last week a series of recommendations by a UN panel aimed at supporting access to medicines, debating in particular the report’s findings relating to trade and intellectual property rights.

The discussions took place under the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Council, which is the WTO body that administers the TRIPS Agreement. The 8-9 November meeting was chaired by Ambassador Modest Jonathan Mero of Tanzania. Continue reading »

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E-Commerce Returns to WTO TRIPS Council Agenda

 Posted by on June 20, 2016  Comments Off on E-Commerce Returns to WTO TRIPS Council Agenda
Jun 202016
 

ictsd-160pxThe WTO’s Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Council discussed the topic of e-commerce last week for the first time since 2003, sources said, during a 7-8 June meeting in Geneva. Other topics on the meeting’s agenda included sustainable resources and low emission technology strategies, and the perennial issues of non-violation complaints and the relationship between the TRIPS agreement and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). In addition, the EU presented its new Trade Mark Directive and Trade Mark Regulation, which raised concerns with some members over possible restrictions on the transport of generic medicines through the 28-nation bloc’s borders.

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Specialised Intellectual Property Courts – Issues and Challenges

 Posted by on March 24, 2016  Comments Off on Specialised Intellectual Property Courts – Issues and Challenges
Mar 242016
 

ictsd-160px[CEIPI, ICTSD, Link]  The establishment of the WTO Agreement on TRIPS (Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) and the proliferation of plurilateral, bilateral and regional agreements have significantly contributed to the increasing complexities of the intellectual property system. The emergence of new actors, reflecting conflicting expectations and the adoption of new trade agreements that often exceed the standards set by the TRIPS agreement, have resulted in a new density of rules that have further fragmented the international system. These developments have unavoidably called for further analysis by academics and stakeholders. Continue reading »

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Rethinking International Intellectual Property Law: What Institutional Environment for the Development and Enforcement of IP Law?

 Posted by on December 7, 2015  Comments Off on Rethinking International Intellectual Property Law: What Institutional Environment for the Development and Enforcement of IP Law?
Dec 072015
 

ictsd-160px[ICTSD, Link] The establishment of the WTO Agreement on TRIPS (Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) and the proliferation of plurilateral, bilateral and regional agreements have significantly contributed to the increasing complexities of the intellectual property system. The emergence of new actors, reflecting conflicting expectations and the adoption of new trade agreements that often exceed the standards set by the TRIPS agreement, have resulted in a new density of rules that have further fragmented the international system. These developments have unavoidably called for further analysis by academics and stakeholders. Continue reading »

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WTO Members Approve TRIPS Non-Violation Extension, Debate E-commerce Language

 Posted by on November 26, 2015  Comments Off on WTO Members Approve TRIPS Non-Violation Extension, Debate E-commerce Language
Nov 262015
 

ictsd-160pxWTO negotiators have agreed to extend a moratorium on “non-violation and situation” complaints under the organisation’s intellectual property rules for an additional two years, forwarding the planned decision to the global trade body’s upcoming ministerial conference for adoption. The news comes as WTO members continue discussing the extension of another moratorium on customs duties on electronic commerce, as well as a decision regarding next steps for an ongoing, related e-commerce work programme. These are also being eyed as outcomes for the ministerial, scheduled for 15-18 December in Nairobi, Kenya. Continue reading »

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US-India Trade Ties Worsen, Amid Claims of Protectionism

 Posted by on March 12, 2014  Comments Off on US-India Trade Ties Worsen, Amid Claims of Protectionism
Mar 122014
 

ictsd-160px[International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, Link] US-India trade ties have continued to worsen in recent weeks, with Indian Trade Minister Anand Sharma accusing Washington this week of “high and unacceptable protectionism.” The remarks from New Delhi’s top trade official comes after months fraught with tension, with the two sides openly sparring on topics ranging from renewable energy policies to patent protections. Continue reading »

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Technical Note: The LDC TRIPS Transition Extension and the Question of Rollback

 Posted by on May 31, 2013  Comments Off on Technical Note: The LDC TRIPS Transition Extension and the Question of Rollback
May 312013
 

ictsd-160pxWhen the WTO agreements entered into force in 1995, least developed countries (LDCs) were given until 1 January 2006 to implement the obligations contained in the then-newly adopted TRIPS Agreement. In 2002, the LDC transition period was extended until 2016 for pharmaceutical patents, with a later decision in 2005 extending the period for all intellectual property rights until July 2013. The 2005 decision also had a “no roll back provision” providing that LDCs should not implement policies during the transition period with a “lesser degree of consistency with the provisions of the TRIPS Agreement.” Continue reading »

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TRIPS Council: LDC Extension, Tobacco Plain Packaging Take Centre Stage

 Posted by on March 6, 2013  Comments Off on TRIPS Council: LDC Extension, Tobacco Plain Packaging Take Centre Stage
Mar 062013
 

ictsd-160pxWTO members this week discussed a proposal by least developed countries (LDCs) to extend their transition period for implementing the organisation’s intellectual property rules, which is set to expire this July. Members at the 5-6 March meeting of the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) also debated a proposed New Zealand law that would require plain packaging for tobacco products; a similar Australian policy is already facing three separate challenges at the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body. Continue reading »

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Counterfeit, Trademarks, and Copyright Top the Agenda at TRIPS Council

 Posted by on June 15, 2012  Comments Off on Counterfeit, Trademarks, and Copyright Top the Agenda at TRIPS Council
Jun 152012
 

Last week’s meeting of the WTO’s Council on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) saw talks proceed on a host of issues, including counterfeit goods, exceptions and limitations to copyright, and a long-running dispute over a Cuban rum trademark.

US, Japan table submissions on counterfeit goods

The topic of counterfeit goods resurfaced at the 5 June meeting, with several developed countries – including the EU, Canada, Mexico, South Korea, and Switzerland – arguing that such products can have serious health and safety implications. Continue reading »

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