Encouraging Technology Transfer to LDCs: Towards a more effective implementation of TRIPS Article 66.2

Organized by ICTSD and UNCTAD
16 June 2008, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

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The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) are pleased to invite you to a panel discussion on means to encourage technology transfer to Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

Developing countries, in general, see technology transfer as part of the bargain in which they agreed to strengthened intellectual property protection under the TRIPS Agreement. The TRIPS Agreement includes a number of specific provisions in this regard. Most notably, Article 66.2 requires developed countries to provide incentives for to enterprises and institutions in their territories for the purpose of promoting and encouraging technology transfer to LDCs in order to enable them to create a sound and viable technological. LDCs have expressed their wish to see this requirement to be implemented in a more effective manner.

Prof. Dominique Foray, a leading economist on knowledge and innovation from l'Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, will present the results of a report entitled "Technology Transfer in the TRIPS Age - The Need for New Types of Partnerships between the Least Developed and Most Advanced Economies". The report explores ways to improve technology transfer to LDCs and focuses on the need for public-private partnerships to achieve this (attached is a summary of the report).

Pre-registration by 12 June 2008 is required due to limited space and security requirements.

Please e-mail: [email protected] or call +41 22 917 44 19; fax +41 22 917 01 97.

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