Symposium on Current Issues in Intellectual Property and Public Health

(September 19, 2007)


09.00 - 09.30 Registration
09.30 - 09.45 Welcome and Opening Address
  • Mr. Francis Gurry, Deputy Director General, PCT and Patents, Arbitration and Mediation Center, and Global IP Issues, WIPO
09.45 - 10.15 Outline and overview of current issues
  • Mr. Antony Taubman, Acting Director and Head, Global IP Issues Division [PDF] [PDF]
10.15 - 11.45  Panel: Perspectives on intellectual property and public health:
  • What are the issues and challenges in the field of intellectual property?
  • What are the priorities for international policymakers?
  • How to ensure an inclusive, informed debate?


  • Mr. Gilles Barrier, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations Office in Geneva
  • Ms. Prangtip Kanchanahattakij, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Thailand to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva [PDF]
  • Mr. Maximiliano Santa Cruz, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Chile to the World Trade Organization [PDF]
  • Mr. Howard Zucker, Assistant Director General, Health Technology and Pharmaceuticals, WHO
  • Mr. Adrian Otten, Director, Intellectual Property Division, WTO
  • Mr. Guilherme Cintra, Researcher, International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations [PDF]
  • Ms. Pascale Boulet, Legal Advisor, Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines, Médecins Sans Frontières
11.45 - 12.15 Discussion, including questions from the floor
12.15 - 12.30 Wrap up and closure
12.30 - 13.00 Informal demonstration: Use of PatentScope for public health related searches
  • Mr. William Meredith, Head, Patent Information and IP Statistics Service