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