Life Sciences Symposium: Patent Landscaping and Transfer of Technology under Multilateral Environmental Agreements

Organized by ICTSD and the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO)

WIPO, Geneva, Switzerland, 26 April 2008


This Symposium explored intellectual property (IP) rights and their role in the development and transfer of technologies within the context of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs). Many MEAs contain technology transfer provisions around which IP issues arise. The event provided an opportunity for policy makers and other stakeholders to share their experiences and to explore the IP dimensions of technology transfer provisions contained in MEAs.

The development, application and transfer of technology are core elements in the implementation of MEAs. The Symposium aimed to foster a better understanding of the types of IP issues that may arise in the context of the implementation of MEAs. It further built on previous work on patent landscaping and highlighted the use of patent information tools and their usefulness in identifying technological developments of relevance to the environment and in facilitating the transfer of appropriate technologies within the context of MEAs. Another objective of the event was to promote a better understanding of the potential benefits as well as the limitations of IP rights in supporting technology transfer under MEAs.

WIPO’s Symposia on Life Sciences and Intellectual Property Policy aim to enhance understanding of topical issues of concern to policymakers by providing a forum for stakeholders (including international policymakers, government agencies, legislators, delegates, civil society and the private sector) to exchange information and ideas on intellectual property as it relates to the life sciences. They are designed to promote better understanding of the role and practical importance of the intellectual property system to the life sciences and its potential in supporting the development of public policy within this rapidly evolving field. They are explicitly not aimed at assessing or influencing discussions in any other forum and will not produce any formal outcome.

The event was open to the general public and free-of-charge.

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