The COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges that many of us never imagined. It also has created opportunities for some life-saving and preventive medicine technologies, including COVID vaccines and treatments. Since late last year, some countries, including India and South Africa, have been seeking a waiver from the World Trade Organization (WTO) for the implementation, application and enforcement of certain provisions of the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement. A number of other countries oppose the requested waiver and the European Union has presented a separate proposal to the WTO. This expert panel will provide an overview of the proposed waiver and requests to the WTO and discuss some of their implications from intellectual property, economic and world health perspectives.
Please join us for this informative and timely discussion.
This AIPPI webinar was organized by AIPPI’s Standing Committees on Free Trade Agreements and on TRIPS.
Professor Sapna Kumar
Law Foundation Professor of Law, University of Houston Law Center
Senior Economist, Centre for Economic and Policy Research
Dean Baker is a senior economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research. He was a co-founder and co-director from 2000 to 2018, and previously served as a senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute and as an assistant professor at Bucknell University. His most recent book was Rigged: How Globalization and the Rules of the Modern Economy Were Structured to Make the Rich Richer.
Deputy General Counsel and Vice President for Intellectual Property, Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)
Director, Intellectual Property Division, World Trade Organization
Antony Taubman is currently Director, Intellectual Property Division of the World Trade Organization, with responsibility for the WTO’s programs on intellectual property, competition policy and government procurement. From 2002 to 2009, he was Director, Global Intellectual Property Issues Division of WIPO (including the Traditional Knowledge Division and Life Sciences Program), covering a wide range of programs on intellectual property and genetic resources, traditional knowledge and folklore, the life sciences, and related global issues including the environment, climate change, human rights, food security, bioethics and indigenous issues. After a diplomatic career, he left the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in 2001 to join the newly-formed Australian Centre for Intellectual Property in Agriculture, at the Australian National University, teaching and researching on international IP law.