PCDA Recommendations to 2007 General Assembly
(As adopted 9:38 pm June 15, 2007)
1. To adopt the recommendations for action in the agreed proposals contained in the Annex;
2. To immediately implement the recommendations contained in the list submitted by the Chair of the PCDA, in accordance with paragraph X of the Report of the Fourth Session of the PCDA;
3. A Committee on Development and IP be established immediately to:
It is 7:40PM and the plenary has still not resumed on the final day of WIPO negotiations on Development Agenda. The final PCDA recommendations to the General Assembly are still being negotiated in the green room. Of the text reproduced here, the first six paragraphs have been agreed upon according to informed sources. The 7th paragraph is still under discussion. One would hope paragraph 4 of these PCDA recommendations would not preclude the ad hoc accreditation of intergovernmental organizations and non governmental organizations.
We have heard that negotiations have finished on Cluster D and E were wrapped up last evening. Cluster C has one issue pending. As of 10 AM Geneva time, only the text of Cluster D was available. Particularly significant is the agreement on the text of having WIPO Member States exchange information on experiences on open collaborative projects such as the Human Genome Project. Also important was the agreement on language on impact assessment studies.
New Cluster B text (Draft Agreed Proposals) out on Norm-setting, Flexibilities, Public Policy and Public DomainSubmitted by thiru on 14. June 2007 - 9:12
The following Cluster B text came out of the informal green room negotiations which broke out around 7 PM Geneva time last evening. The only word that seems to have brackets is the word “competition”.
1. In its activities, including norm-setting, WIPO should take into account the flexibilities in international IP agreements, especially those which are of interest to developing countries and LDCs.
The draft text on issues related to norm-setting, flexibilities, public policy and the public domain (Cluster B) is out.
Paragraph 3 reads:
3. To discuss possible new initatives and strengthen existing mechanisms within WIPO to facilitate [access to knowledge] and technology for developing countries and LDCs and to foster creativity and innovation within WIPO’s mandate.
The first day of informals at the Development Agenda meeting this week concluded at around 7:10 PM. Cluster A on Technical Assistance and Capacity Building was discussed. Early reports indicate good progress was made (on the 4 paragraphs of agreed text contained in the Cluster A recommendations) but the negotiations on Cluster A have not yet been concluded.
The future of the WIPO Development Agenda enters a crucial phase this week as WIPO Member States meet at the fourth session of the Provisional Committee on Proposals Related to a WIPO Development Agenda (PCDA).
On 23 May 2007, the 60th World Health Assembly, the World Health Organization’s highest governing body, adopted resolution WHA60.30 on Public health, innovation and intellectual property. This resolution bolstered the work program of WHO’s Intergovernmental Working Group on Public health, innovation and intellectual property (IGWG/PHI). This is the key operative section of the resolution, and the reactions by several key persons.
The final text of the resolution is here:
The TransAtlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) Conference: The Future of WIPO
September 13-14, 2004
(Registration Information given below)
Monday, September 13, 2004
- Jim Murray -- TACD / BEUC
- US TACD Rep. TBA
Panel 1 -- What is the WIPO Mission?
Chair, Benedicte Federspiel, FBR
- Mr. Philippe PETIT , WIPO, invited
- Rogier Wezenbeek, European Union
- Larry Lessig, Stanford