Webinar: The Implementation of the TRIPS Agreement by Least Developed Countries, 25 February
The Implementation of the TRIPS Agreement by LDCs:
Preserving Policy Space for Innovation and Access to Medicines 25 February 2021 | 16:00 – 17:00 CET
The World Trade Organization’s agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) has established common minimum standards of patent protection across the globe. Countries had different transition periods to adapt to international rules according to their level of development. Least Developed Countries (LDCs) had an extended period to start applying TRIPS. With the general transition period coming to an end and some countries ceasing to be in the LDC category, how can national TRIPS implementation be done in a manner protective of innovation and access to medicines? Using the case study of Bangladesh, Dr. Monirul Azam will present a plan of action developed to guide countries in their national implementation of the TRIPS Agreement. He will offer specific policy recommendations to comply with international stipulations while still maintaining policies for the development of local industry and integrating long-term innovation and access objectives. Sangeeta Shashikant will then discuss the pharmaceutical transition period and its implications for innovation and access to medicines both within LDCs and globally.
Monirul Azam Associate Professor in Law, Södertörn University Sangeeta Shashikant Coordinator, Development and IP Programme, Third World Network
Suerie Moon Co-Director Global Health Centre