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TOWARDS DEVELOPMENT-ORIENTED IP POLICY: SETTING AN AGENDA FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS

The Bellagio Series on Development and Intellectual Property Policy

At the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Study and Conference Center on Lake Como in Northern Italy,
30 October - 2 November 2002

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A group of specialists, government experts and members of international and non-governmental organizations, met in their personal capacity, from 30 October to 2 November 2002, in the context of the Bellagio Series on Development and Intellectual Property Policy sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation.

Participants at the Dialogue were unanimous in recognizing that intellectual property (IP) has never been more economically and politically important or controversial than it is today. Patents, copyrights, trademarks, industrial designs, integrated circuits and geographical indications are frequently mentioned in discussions and debates on such diverse topics as public health, agriculture, education, trade, industrial policy, traditional knowledge, biodiversity, biotechnology, the Internet, the entertainment and media industries, and increasingly the widening gap between the income levels of the developed countries and the developing, and especially least-developed, countries. An understanding of IP is indispensable to informed policy making in all areas of human development.

The Dialogue consisted of strategic discussions to identify concrete recommendations that could contribute to the formulation of development-oriented IP policies. The recommendations were directed not only to the Council for TRIPS and the Doha Development Agenda but other important national, bilateral and regional initiatives and processes relating to IP and development. The four themes covered were (i) the future of IPRs in the multilateral trading system; (ii) meeting the challenge of new treaty development and harmonization; (iii) promoting effective national policy formulation; and (iv) integrating IP policies in development strategies.

In view of the importance of the meeting the organizers have considered useful to make available all the relevant material of the Dialogue including the background papers and the informal report of the meeting. One outcome of the Dialogue was the launching of the Frati Initiative with the view of initiating a process of follow-up and monitoring to the ideas and suggestions made during the Dialogue.
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