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WTO | 2011 News items – Workshop helps officials use intellectual property flexibilities for health

WTO: 2011 NEWS ITEMS

13 October 2011

TRIPS AND PUBLIC HEALTH

Workshop helps officials use intellectual property flexibilities for health

Twenty-three developing-country officials took part in a 10-13 October 2011 workshop designed to help their countries make use of flexibilities for pharmaceuticals in the WTO TRIPS (intellectual property) Agreement.

This four-day WTO Workshop was the seventh to be held in Geneva and was organized by the WTO Secretariat in close collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). It was part of the cooperation between the three international organizations on issues arising when intellectual property rights and public health are linked, and one of the WTO’s many technical cooperation and capacity building activities.

Like earlier workshops held in Geneva since 2005, it aimed to ensure that the participants get a comprehensive overview of the key issues which affect the promotion of innovation and access to medicines.

The workshop’s content included the information necessary for their countries to make use of the Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement’s flexibilities, which allow countries to adapt intellectual property protection to meet public health and other purposes.

Underlying the workshop were the needs that are special to public health, from innovation to patients’ ability to obtain pharmaceutical products. . . .

WTO | 2011 News items – Workshop helps officials use intellectual property flexibilities for health

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