The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable
Development (ICTSD) has organised a Dialogue on Improving
Intellectual Property (IP) Technical Cooperation for Least Developed
Countries (LDCs) to Facilitate the Implementation of the TRIPS
Agreement on the morning of Thursday 3rd May in Geneva.
Participants will include LDC members of the WTO and other experts
in the field of IP technical assistance (TA).
The transition period under TRIPS Article 66.1,
for the implementation of the TRIPS Agreement by LDCs, was to
end on 1 January 2006. By the Decision of the TRIPS Council
of 29 November 2005, this transition period was extended to
1 July 2013. According to the Decision, and for purposes of
facilitating targeted TA and financial cooperation, the LDCs
were asked to provide to the Council for TRIPS, preferably
by 1 January 2008, as much information as possible on their
individual priority needs for technical and financial cooperation
in order to assist them taking steps necessary to implement
the TRIPS Agreement. This requires LDCs to assess their
needs for TA by the end of this year.
This informal dialogue has been organised as
a contribution to improving the delivery of IP-related TA to
LDCs. The new ICTSD/Saana Consulting project on TA needs assessment
for LDCs will be introduced, to provide professional support
and, undertaken upon request, a diagnostic and assessment of
technical and financial assistance needs in selected LDC countries.
The aim of the project is to support LDCs in their preparation
for and response to the approaching 1 January 2008 deadline
for them to identify their TA needs to the WTO TRIPS Council.
The agenda of the dialogue will be to: 1) Present
the project and consider countries that would be interested
in participating in the assessment; 2) Clarify the methodology
for assessing LDC needs in relation to technical assistance
and cooperation; and 3) Explore challenges, options and further
inputs for the needs assessment exercise. It will include the
presentation of a diagnostic toolkit
by Tom Pengelly (Saana Consulting) to provide a methodology
for "Assessing the IP Technical Assistance Needs in the
For more information please visit the project webpage at: http://www.iprsonline.org/ictsd/LDCneeds.htm.
For more information on IP-related technical
assistance for LDCs visit the IPRTA