15 Years of TRIPS: Rethinking IP and Development

The Centre for WTO Studies (CWS) has been at the forefront of driving national IP and trade policy in India. The reins of this institution passed on recently from noted scholar Biswajit Dhar to Abhiijt Das, a thought leader who drove some very important policy initiatives in his past avatar as UNCTAD’s head in India; most notably, for those of us in the IP community, he was instrumental in shifting the focus away from merely registering GI’s to helping translate the registrations into tangible benefits for traditional artisan communities and the like.

The Centre for WTO Studies (CWS) boasts some very accomplished names. Most in the IP circuit are familiar with Madhukar Sinha, the ex registrar of copyrights who is credited with ushering in an era of transparent and open IP policy making in India by opening up the copyright amendment bill to public scrutiny and debate. He is also the brain behind the institution of IP Chairs across the various leading institutions in India.

CWS, in partnership with the South Centre, Geneva has just put together a wonderful 2 day seminar to introspect on “15 years of TRIPS: Rethinking Intellectual Property and Development”. For those interested, this event is slated for 28 -29 April 2011 at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), New Delhi.

The program boasts some very reputed names in the IP and Development space, including Carlos Correa (author of a leading treatise on IP and TRIPS), Martin Khor, Fred Abbot, German Velasquez, Sanya Reid Smith, Viviana Munoz, Ambassadors S Narayanan and B.L. Das, Biswajit Dhar, Sunil Mani, N.S. Gopalakrishnan, DG Shah, Anand Grover and Leena Menghaney. The keynote address will be delivered by the Hon’ble Minister for Commerce and Industry, Anand Sharma.

Madhukar Sinha of the Centre for WTO Studies has requested that those who wish to participate may please send him email at madhukar[at]iift.ac.in. Since the capacity is limited, participation would be restricted to ‘first-come-first-served’. To access the complete programme, see here.

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