Economic Partnership Agreements: Intellectual Property Rights & TRIPS Compatibility

A Workshop organised by the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development - CAFOD
Centre for International Environmental Law - CIEL
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development - ICTSD
Quaker United Nations Office - QUNO

Venue: Centre de Formation
Jongny, Switzerland

16 - 18 February 2007

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IPRs in the ACP Agreements & TRIPS Compatibility
Is the treatment of IPRs in the existing ACP Agreements compatible with developing and least developed countries' obligations under the TRIPS Agreement?

Introducer: Hunter Nottage, Advisory Centre for WTO Law
Commentator: Achille Bassailekin, Permanent Missions of ACP Countries to the WTO and UN Organizations

IPR Chapters in EPAs & TRIPS Flexibilities
General overview of EU policies on IPRs: How have these policies been integrated into the six regional EPA negotiations?

Introducers: Maximiliano Santa-Cruz, Mission of Chile to the WTO and David Vivas Eugui

Can the IPR elements being promoted by the EU in the EPA negotiations impact the flexibilities accorded to developed and least developed countries under the TRIPS Agreement?

Introducer: Frederick Abbott, Florida State University College of Law
Commentator: Christoph Spennemann, UNCTAD

ACP Countries Offensive IP Interests in EPAs

Which possible key IP areas represent an offensive interest of developing countries and LDCs in EPA negotiations? Genetic resources, traditional knowledge & folklore and mechanisms to promote technology transfer & innovation.

Introducer: Carlos Correa, University of Buenos Aires
Commentator: Malcolm Spence, CARICOM Secretariat

How can ACP Countries Best Approach the Six Regional EPA Negotiations on IPRs to Ensure a Positive Outcome?

ACP Countries Defensive Interests in EPAs

Copyrights are a major offensive interest for EU industries. The six regional groups negotiating the EPAs may have diverse approaches to this issue. How are the interests of existing and fledgling industries in ACP countries.

Introducers: Dalindyebo Shabalala, CIEL and Johan Asein, Nigerian Copyright Commission

The enforcement of IPRs is an EU priority which will be pursued by the German government in its role as president of both the EU and G8 in 2007. Could current flexibilities and special & differential treatment under TRIPS be threatened by enforcement issues in the EPAs?

Introducers: Frederick Abbott, Florida State University College of Law and Eduard Bizumuremiyi, Mission of Rwanda to the WTO.


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