WTO Webinar to explore links between TRIPS and health technology dissemination

A panel of leading experts will explore on May 12, 2021, the impact of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) on health technology diffusion over the past 25 years and its role in the broader ecosystem that is required to support innovation and equitable access to medical technologies. The webinar “Trade and Public Health: Dissemination of Health Technologies” forms part of a series of events to mark the 25th anniversary of the TRIPS Agreement.

The webinar will look at the effect of TRIPS on technology diffusion in the pharmaceutical sector, practical considerations with respect to intellectual property (IP) sharing, and government policies related to innovation, dissemination and local pharmaceutical production.

The webinar is an integral part of the “Virtual Course on Trade and Public Health with a Special Focus on the COVID-19 Pandemic” and is open to the public.  It will take place on May 12, 2021, from 14:00 to 16:30 (CET).

Registration for the webinar is available here.

The full programme of the event is available here.

The event will be live streamed through the WTO YouTube channel.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the TRIPS Agreement in 2020, the Secretariat organized a commemorative event on 24 November 2020, followed by a series of webinars continuing into 2021.  These allowed relevant stakeholders to reflect on the past, present and future of the most comprehensive multilateral treaty on intellectual property protection and enforcement.

The full series of events scheduled to commemorate TRIPS@25 is available here.

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