This joint UNCTAD-ICTSD roundtable aims to shed some light on the question to what extent patent protection in developing countries offers incentives to local pharmaceutical producers and researchers to increase efforts to develop innovative products through enhanced research and development (R&D).
Professor Sudip Chaudhuri of the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, will present his views on the reasons for important R&D increases in the past years by the Indian pharmaceutical industry.
Comments on this controversial issue will be provided by:
Dr. Eric Noehrenberg, Director, International Trade and Market Policy, International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA), and
Mr. Sunjay Sudhir, Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of India in Geneva.
Considerable time will be provided for an open discussion among the panellists and the audience.