3. June 2021 | News

WIPO-AIPPI Joint Webinar on June 7: Introduction to Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources: Recent Developments at the International Level

 Date: Monday, June 7, 2021
 Time: 13:30 – 14:30 (CEST)



The Standing Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Cultural Expressions and Traditional Knowledge (IP and GRTCETK) of AIPPI, as well as the Standing Committee on TRIPS, have been studying issues related to the intersection of IP with the frameworks that have been established around the use of Genetic Resources.

The WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (the IGC) was established in 2000, enabling WIPO Member States and observers to discuss and address the intellectual property issues that arise in the context of access to and benefit-sharing of genetic resources (GRs), as well as the protection of traditional knowledge (TK) and traditional cultural expressions (TCEs).

Due to the ever-increasing rise in the importance and economic value of genetic resources in the modern world, and the ongoing challenges in the international implementation of frameworks for access and benefit-sharing, WIPO and AIPPI have jointly organized this webinar to provide an introduction for the broader IP community on the intersection between intellectual property rights and the frameworks that govern access, use and the protection of genetic resources.

This is the first webinar of a series on genetic resources, and will explore what GRs are, their relevance to Intellectual Property, the competing policy imperatives that form the backdrop to the economic exploitation of genetic resources, the international frameworks that are intended to govern access to and sharing of benefits from the utilisation of GRs, and the practical challenges that lie in the way of their implementation. In particular, integrated rights management for IP and genetic resources as well as requirements of disclosure and prior informed consent will be discussed.

This webinar will provide the necessary understanding for a follow-up webinar organized by the AIPPI IP and GRTCETK Standing Committee on June 29, 2021, which will involve a more in-depth discussion of the practical issues in working with GRs and implementing and complying with the international access and benefit sharing frameworks, with perspectives from public body stakeholders in Asia and Latin America.

The webinar will be moderated by Mr. Daniel Lim, Vice-Chair of the AIPPI Standing Committee on IP and GRTCETK and feature guest speaker Mr. Shakeel Thomas Bhatti, Counsellor, Traditional Knowledge Division, Global Challenges and Partnerships Sector, WIPO. They will be joined by Mr. Wend Wendland, Director of the Traditional Knowledge Division at WIPO and Mr. Ralph Nack, AIPPI Second Deputy Reporter General.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.


Mr. Shakeel Bhatti
Counsellor, Traditional Knowledge Division, Global Challenges and Partnerships Sector, WIPO

Mr. Shakeel Thomas Bhatti is the WIPO officer working on all substantive matters related to intellectual property and genetic resources at WIPO. He joined WIPO in 1996 and was instrumental in establishing the Global IP Issues Program which initiated WIPO’s work on IP and genetic resources, biodiversity and biotechnology. From 2004 he was Head of the Genetic Resources, Biotechnology and Associated Traditional Knowledge Section of WIPO and represented WIPO in the CBD, FAO, UNEP, WHO, WTO and other international organizations working on access and benefit-sharing for genetic resources. Inter alia, he represented WIPO in the negotiations for the Nagoya Protocol, the Bonn Guidelines and the FAO International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.  From 2007 to 2016, he became the first executive Secretary of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) at FAO. Currently, Shakeel is responsible for all substantive matters relating to intellectual property and genetic resources at Program 4 of WIPO which addresses all intellectual property aspects of genetic resources and data, including patents, trade secrets, copyright and new technological protection measures inter alia

Before joining WIPO, Shakeel worked on his doctorate at Duke University, USA, regarding the scope of patentable subject matter under Article 27 of the TRIPS Agreement in relation to biotechnological inventions and genetic resources. He is currently completing a second PhD in life sciences law. Shakeel has taught international patent and biotechnology law policy as a Visiting Professor at multiple universities in Austria, Belgium, India, Japan and Sweden. He was a member of the Expert Group on Rights to Plant Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge at the World Trade Institute, the Social Science Research Council Expert Group on Intellectual Property Rights and Cultural Flows and numerous other expert groups. His articles appear in numerous journals and books, such as the Handbook on Plant Biotechnology, published by Wiley & Sons, and most recently, a commentary on patent protection of gene sequences under the Swiss patent law, with Stämpfli publishers in Switzerland.​

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  • The webinar is open to all AIPPI members. Please feel free to forward the invitation to your office colleagues.
  • If you would like to submit a question in advance, please send it to events@aippi.org.
  • Please note, we cannot guarantee that your question will be answered during the webinar.