Francis Gurry led WIPO as Director General from October 1, 2008 to September 30, 2020.

Symposium on Intellectual Property and Bioethics

(September 4, 2007)

Draft Program

14.00 Welcome and overview of WIPO activities
  • Mr. Francis Gurry, Deputy Director General
14.10 Review of bioethics and intellectual property issues
  • Mr. Anthony Taubman, Global IP Issues Division, WIPO [PPT]
14.30 Perspectives of the European Patent Office (EPO) on bioethics and patent law and practice
  • Ms. Maria Fotaki, Director, Biotechnology Directorate, EPO [PDF]
15.00 Addressing bioethics issues in patent law reform
  • Mr. Felix Addor, Deputy Director General, Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property [PPT]
15.30 Coffee Break
16.00 Bioethics and commercial research and development in the life sciences
  • Mr. Peter R. Thomson, Manager Global IP Litigation & Transaction, Corporate Intellectual Property, Novartis [PPT]
  • Ms. Karin Blumer, Senior Policy Advisor, Global Public Affairs, Novartis [PPT]
16.30 Bioethics and the intellectual property system: a civil society perspective
  • Ms. Julie Morgan, Asia Pacific Program Coordinator, Franciscans International [PDF]
17.15 - 17.45 General discussion
17.45 Closing