IPRs in Bilateral and Regional Trade Agreements
and Public Health

Organized by ICTSD and the Quaker United Nations Office

Hotel Roayl, Geneva, Switzerland, 19:30-21:30, 4th November, 2009

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The International Centre for Trade & Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the Quaker UN Office (QUNO) are holding a Dialogue on "IPRs in Bilateral and Regional Trade Agreements and Public Health" on 4th November (19h30-21-30) at Hotel Royal in Geneva for a number of developing country government officials dealing with intellectual property and health issues.

The purpose of the dialogue is to present recent developments and research relating to intellectual property (IP) provisions in bilateral and regional trade agreements and their implications on public health.

Recent years have witnessed a proliferation of bilateral and regional trade agreements between developed and developing countries. Many of these agreements include IP provisions (often referred to as "TRIPS-plus" standards), that go beyond the minimum standards established by the TRIPS Agreement and may affect the ability of developing countries to use the flexibilities contained in the Agreement for the purpose of protecting public health and promoting affordable access to medicines.

What are the main features of these IP provisions? What is their impact on the price of medicines and public health as shown by recent empirical research? How can governments deal with these provisions when negotiating bilateral and regional agreements and implementing them? These are some of the questions that will be discussed at the dialogue.

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