Symposium on Public Policy Patent Landscaping in the Life Sciences: Provisional Program

Sunday, April 6, 2008
15.00 – 18.00 Technical review of patent landscapes on plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.


Day 1: Peer Review of WIPO-FAO Patent Search Project on PGRFA

Monday, April 7, 2008
09.00 – 09.15 Seminar registration

Session 1: Setting the Scene
09.15 – 09.30 Introduction
  • Mr. Antony Taubman, Acting Director and Head, Global IP Issues Division, WIPO
  • Mr. Shakeel Bhatti, Executive Secretary, International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (FAO)
09.30 – 09.50 Recent developments in WIPO’s patent information services and tools for patent analysis and landscaping
  • Mr. William Meredith, Head, Patent Information and IP Statistics Service [PDF]
09.50 – 10.15 Current issues in patent information for public policymakers in the life sciences: the lessons from patents relating to plant genetic resources
  • Mr. Antony Taubman [PDF]
10.15 - 10.45 Coffee break

Session 2: Plant Genetic Resources: WIPO-FAO Patent Search Project on PGRFA
Patenting trends in relation to plant genetic resources for food and agriculture:
  • landscapes on gene promoters for rice, maize, potato and soybean
  • landscape of the rice genome
10.45 – 13.00 Introduction and panel discussion
  • Mr. Antony Taubman
  • Mr. Shakeel Bhatti
  • Ms. Kerry Fluhr, IP Analyst, Cambia, Australia [PDF]
  • Ms. Maria Jose Amstalden Sampaio, Policy and Governmental Affairs Officer, EMBRAPA
  • Mr. Kyle Jensen, Public Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture (PIPRA) [PDF]
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15-15 Commentary: review of methodology, limitations, lessons for policymakers
  • Mr. Thomas Cottier, World Trade Institute
  • Ms. Muriel Lightbourne, Visiting Scholar,University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign [PDF]
15.15 – 15.30 Coffee break
12.00 – 12.30 Discussion

Session 3: Patent Landscaping for Plant Genetic Resource Policymakers Lessons, Tools and Methodologies
15.30 – 16.30 Matching patent information, patent analysis tools and methodologies with the policy agenda in plant genetic resources

- Options for improved information services for policymakers
- Patterns in use of plant genetic resources
- Monitoring accessions of plant genetic resources
  • Ms. Victoria Henson-Apollonio, Central Advisory Service on Intellectual Property - CAS-IP, CGIAR
  • Mr. Pierre Roger, IP Manager, Limagrain [PDF]


  Day 2: Life Sciences Public Policy Landscaping

Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Session 4: Health-Related Patent Landscaping
09.30 - 10.30 The public health policy context: patent information needs, current policy concerns and patent landscaping initiatives
  • Ms. Precious Matsoso, Director, Department of Technical Cooperation for Essential Medicines, Drugs and Traditional Medicines, WHO [PDF]
  • Mr. Fred Abbott, Professor of International Law, Florida State University College of Law [PDF]
  • Ms. Pascale Boulet, Legal Adviser, Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines, Médecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) [PDF]
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 - 12.00 Review of landscaping initiatives:

- Patenting trends in relation to neglected diseases: Tuberculosis, African sleeping sickness, rabies, African river blindness, leprosy, AIDS, leishmaniasis
  • Mr. Raj Hirwani, Unit for Research and Development of Information Products (URDIP), India
- Patent landscape on avian flu
  • Mr. Ben Prickril, PIIPA [PDF]
12.00 - 13.00 Commentary: review of methodology, limitations, lessons for policymakers
  • Ms. Corrina Moucheraud Vickery, Program Coordinator, Program on Global Health and Technology Access Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy Duke University
  • Mr. Edward Hammond, Consultant, Third World Network
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.30 Commentary: review of methodology, limitations, lessons for policymakers
  • Mr. Martin Friede, Initiative for Vaccine Research, Product Research, and Development, Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals, WHO [PDF]
  • Mr. Tahir Amin, Harvard Medical School
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 - 16.30 Patent information and the multilateral environment agreements
  • Mr. Antony Taubman
  • Mr. Paul Oldham, ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics [PDF]

Session 5: Concluding Panel Discussion: Future Pathways for Cooperation
16.30 – 17.30 Perspectives on patent landscaping in the life sciences
  • Search methodologies
  • Tools to make information more accessible
  • Use of patent information
  • Policy impact
  • Freedom to operate analyses
17.30 – 18.00 Discussion