Intellectual property and the development aspects of the WTO's Doha round negotiations

11 April 2011


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Sydney Law School and Mallesons Stephen Jaques are pleased to present the following seminar:

Intellectual property and the development aspects of the WTO's Doha Round negotiations

The World Trade Organization 2001 Doha Declaration for the Development Round of negotiations included a number of intellectual property issues. These negotiations are ongoing. Ms Watal will explain the negotiations and possible outcomes in these negotiations covering the general review of the TRIPS agreement and negotiations on specific issues including:

  • the possible establishment of a multilateral register for Geographical Indications on wine and spirits and possible strengthening of the TRIPS rules on GIs for products other than wines and spirits;
  • the question of patentability or non-patentability of plant and animal inventions and protection of plant breeders rights;
  • the relationship between the TRIPS Agreement and the UN Convention on Biodiversity; and
  • the protection of traditional knowledge and folk-lore.

About the speaker: Ms Jayashree Watal, Intellectual Property Division, World Trade Organization

Ms Watal has been Counsellor in the Intellectual Property Division of the World Trade Organization since February 2001. During the Uruguay Round, Ms Watal acted for the Indian government in negotiating the TRIPS Agreement. She was a Deputy Secretary of the Indian Ministry of Industry between 1986 and 1991 and was the Director of the Trade Policy Division of the Indian Ministry of Commerce between 1995 and 1998. She also holds the position of Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. She has published many articles on issues related to intellectual property rights in both Law and Economics journals, and has authored a book Intellectual Property Rights in the WTO and Developing Countries (Kluwer Law International, 2001).

A welcome will be given by Scott Bouvier, Partner, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, and the session will be chaired by Brett Williams, Senior Lecturer and Associate, Sydney Centre for International Law, University of Sydney Law School

Registration fees

Early bird registration: $44 inc GST (until 18 March)

Full fee: $77 inc GST

Sydney Law School alumni: $61.60 inc GST

University of Sydney staff/FT student: $61.60 inc GST

Note to members of the press: Chatham House Rule applies to this event.

Time: 5.30-6.30pm (registration from 5pm)

Location: Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Level 61 (room number 1), Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney

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