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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Read the full guide to TRIPS.
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