E-News No.45

E-News No.45

AIPPI Standing Committee TRIPS holds a workshop at WTO Public Forum 2015 by Ivan Hjertman (Former Chair of the Standing Committee on TRIPS)

The World Trade Organization (WTO) held the Public Forum 2015 from September 30 to October 2, 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland.  The main theme for the Forum was “Trade Works”.  Special for the Public Forum 2015 was that it was part of the marking of the 20th anniversary of the WTO.  Over the three days, a total of 88 seminars/workshops of 1,5 hours duration, and two high-level plenary sessions were held.

AIPPI participated for the first time at a WTO Public Forum in 2015. A workshop titled “IP: a Trade Resource” was held October 1, 2015. It was organised by the Standing Committe TRIPS.

A summary of the workshop is available here. Presentations were held by

  • Ivan Hjertman, available here, with information on the AIPPI organization and its work, with examples of Study Questions and the unbiased factual information that is available in the country reports
  • Catherine Mateu, available here, on the significance of trademarks and designs for international trade, with examples from the fashion industry, the food industry, and industrial joint ventures
  • Manoj Menda, available here, on the IP system in India and the evolution it is undergoing, notably the Indian Government work on an IP policy.