TRIPS Council Agrees On Extensions For LDCs On Pharmaceutical Patents

Volume
6,
Number
25
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3 July 2002
3 July 2002
WTO Members at the 25-27 June meeting of the Council for Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) adopted a decision to extend the period until 2016 during which least-developed countries (LDCs) do not have to provide patent protection for pharmaceutical products. They...
3 July 2002
The US on 1 July formally submitted to the WTO its requests for further services trade liberalisation under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), setting out its positions tailored for each of its 142 fellow WTO Members states on how to bring down barriers in international services...
3 July 2002
On 2 July, WTO delegates concluded the last of three meetings in two days for various sessions of the Committee on Trade and Development (CTD) that addressed a wide range of issues of importance to developing countries. The 2 July formal special session of the CTD was preceded by a regular session...
3 July 2002
Much attention at the formal meeting of the WTO Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) on 20-21 June focused on various forthcoming labelling schemes of the EC, including for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and wines. Labelling furthermore featured on the agenda of the 20 June...
3 July 2002
The issue of geographical indications was discussed at both the regular (25-27 June) and special (28 June) sessions of the Council for Trade- related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs). While Members addressed the extension of additional geographical indications (GI) protection to...
3 July 2002
On 28 June, delegates from the group of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries' Council of Ministers concluded their 2-day meeting in the Dominican Republic and requested a new development aid package from the EU. The ACP demands come at a time when negotiations for reciprocal trade...
3 July 2002
For a more comprehensive list of events in trade and sustainable development, please refer to ICTSD's web calendar at: http://ictsd.iisd.org/cal/index.htm . Coming Up This Week: 3-9 July 3-5 July, Geneva, Switzerland: FOURTH SESSION OF THE UNCTAD INTERGOVERNMENTAL GROUP OF EXPERTS ON COMPETITION LAW...
3 July 2002
EU RATIFIES BIOSAFETY PROTOCOL On 25 June, the EU became the 20th party to ratify the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety out of the 110 that have signed it so far. According to the European Commission, ratification of the Cartagena Protocol, which comes only a month after the EU's ratification of the...
3 July 2002
NEW SUBMISSION ON NEGOTIATING PROCESS FOR MINISTERIAL CONFERENCES On 28 June, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong-China, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore and Switzerland submitted a communication to the General Council on the preparatory and negotiating processes for Ministerial Conferences. The...
3 July 2002
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