Japan’s Experience with the Regulation of Technology-Licensing Agreements: What Lessons for Developing Countries?
03 September 2012
10:00-13:00 hrs., Room XXVII, Palais des Nations
Geneva, Switzerland

Key Issues

UNCTAD and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) will hold a panel discussion on how Japan has applied competition policy in the regulation of technology-licensing agreements during the post-war period, and if there are lessons that can be drawn for developing countries.

The discussion will draw upon a draft paper by Professor Hiroko Yamane (Teikyo University, Tokyo and former member of the Commission on Intellectual Property Rights, Innovation and Public Health of the World Health Organization).

It looks at how intellectual property licensing terms have been examined by competition authorities in Japan and compares that experience with that of other countries.

Invited panellists will discuss the findings of the paper and the extent to which lessons could be drawn by developing countries for the elaboration of their own licensing policies, in view of their objectives to promote competition and technology transfer.



Welcome and introduction

  • Pedro Roffe, Senior Associate, Innovation, Technology and Intellectual Property Programme, ICTSD

  • Kiyoshi Adachi, Chief, Intellectual Property Unit, Division on Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD


  • Hiroko Yamane, Professor, Teikyo University, Tokyo


  • Sacha Wunsch-Vincent, World Intellectual Property Organization

  • Denis Barbosa, Attorney and Professor, Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro

  • Anthony Taubman, Intellectual Property Division, World Trade Organization

  • Padmashree Gehl Sampath, Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD

Exchange of views with participants



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