Intellectual Property

A4ID’s pro bono network tops 40,000 as major global firm becomes legal partner

Advocates for International Development (A4ID), the UK charity that brokers pro bono legal advice for the international development sector, has extended its global network of lawyers to more than 40,000 by entering into a new partnership with Latham & Watkins. The new partnership will take the total number of law firms that A4ID partners with to 45 worldwide and means that more lawyers than ever before will be available to offer legal support through A4ID to charities and organisations working to end world poverty.

International IP Law: a Balancing Act

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) came into force in 1995. For many developing countries this required changes in their national intellectual property legislation particularly in the area of protection over plants and plant varieties

TRIPs in practice

Protecting Farmers' Rights Using Foreign and Domestic Laws

Author(s): 
Dr. Mike Adcock
This presentation, given at our Intellectual Property Knowledge Group, explores how international and domestic laws can protect farmers' rights in developing countries.
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 This presentation from Dr. Mike Adcock of Durham University explores how international and domestic laws can protect farmers' rights in developing countries.

Dr Mike Adcock is a Lecturer at the Durham Law School, Durham University where he lectures on Intellectual Property and Biotechnology and the relationship between science, law and bioethics.

Intellectual Property Rights Over Seeds in Developing Nations

Author(s): 
Teresa Anderson
This talk, given at our Intellectual Property Knowledge Group, looks at how intellectual property rights are affecting agriculture in the developing world

This talk from Teresa Anderson of The Gaia Foundation considers how intellectual property rights over varieties of seed used by farmers is affecting agriculture in the developing world.

Teresa Anderson is international advocacy officer for the African Biodiversity Network at the Gaia Foundation.

Save the seed! IP rights on seed and the impact on developing country farmers

26 June 2012

Date: 26 June 2012
Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Venue: Linklaters LLP, 1 Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8HQ

The IP group welcomes Teresa Anderson (The Gaia Foundation) and Dr Mike Adcock (Durham Law School, Durham University) to lead a discussion on how intellectual property rights over seeds in the developing world are changing the shape of agriculture.  

Low Carbon For All: How IP models could save the world

Author(s): 
Quentin Tannock
This presentation examines the role of intellectual property in supporting the transfer of green technology to the developing world.

In this presentation Quentin Tannock from CambridgeIP considers the role of intellectual property and policy in the climate change debate.  Quentin discusses alternative IP models that could both encourage investments in innovation and facilitate the transfer of low carbon technologies to the developing world.

Quentin Tannock is Chairman of CambridgeIP, a technology intelligence and technology strategy consultancy.

Intellectual Property and Public Health

Author(s): 
Professor Graham Dutfield
This presentation, given at A4ID's Law and Development training program, considers the impact of India's patent laws on pharmaceutical products.
Graham Dutfield

In this presentation, Graham Dutfield from the University of Leeds talks about intellectual property and public health. In this extract he discusses India's patent laws concerning pharmaceuticals, and how the situation has changed in light of the TRIPS agreement.

Pharmacy of the Developing World Under Threat?

Author(s): 
Corinna Heineke
This presentation, from our intellectual property knowledge group, discusses the impact that a new FTA would have on the pharmaceutical industry in India.

Since 2007 India and the EU have been working towards a new Free Trade Agreement. This FTA has raised concerns with regard to data exclusivity, patent term extension, intellectual property enforcement measures and bilateral investment agreements. It is feared that the proposed clauses will radically restrict India’s ability to produce affordable generic drugs that are vital for treating serious diseases and improving health in the developing world.

TRIPS Agreement

Author(s): 
Whitney Simpson
Law firm: 
Mayer Brown
Date produced: 
9 September 2011
This legal guide introduces the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights.
Disclaimer: 
This publication provides general information and comments on the subject matter covered and is not a comprehensive treatment of the subject. It is not intended to provide legal advice, and readers should not rely on it but seek specific legal advice before taking any legal action with respect to the matters discussed.

Description:

 This legal guide contains an introduction to the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) applicable to all WTOThe World Trade Organisation is an international organisation whose main aim is to promote free trade of goods, services and intellectual property around the world. members since 1995.  It outlines the main features of TRIPS agreement as well as the substantive standards of protection.

 

Further reading: 

Read the full guide to TRIPS.

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