The Negotiation and Implementation of IPR provisions in Free Trade Agreements: Experiences and Lessons for Developing Countries.
Recent years have witnessed a proliferation of Free trade agreements (FTAs) between developed and developing countries as the multilateral trade negotiations have stalled. The FTAs often contain provisions going beyond the commitments made in the WTO TRIPS Agreement. Two dimensions are of particular concern: the effects of TRIPS plus provisions on public policy objectives and the implementation of such provisions at the national level.
The Global Dialogue on TRIPS and Public Policy challenges is organized by the World Bank Institute (WBI), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD). The purpose of the Dialogue is to contrast different experiences about implementation of intellectual property rights provisions in FTAs with a view to drawing useful lessons for developing countries in order to help them better prepare themselves for future negotiation and implementation of FTAs.
The meeting is organized for negotiators from developing countries that have signed or are negotiating FTAs with developed countries and other stakeholders, including NGOs and international organizations.
Substantive and other enquiries should be addressed to Mr. Christoph Spennemann e-mail: Christoph.Spennemann@unctad.org.