Friday, February 24, 2006

IP and Economic Development

Delegates from Africa's 34 least developed countries have just completed a 2 day regional meeting in Addis Ababa, reviewing the Brussels Programme of Action for 2001-2010. The programme includes a Framework for Partnership and 30 Development Goals. Of particular interest to Patenting Lives is the guiding principle of market considerations (which guides implementation of the Programme along with the other 3 principles of an integrated approach, genuine partnership, and country ownership). This principle includes an emphasis on an appropriate mix of public-private participation (relevant in particular to scientific research and development and patentable technologies). The Programme's work on the role of trade in development as well as a commitment to environmental protection will be potentially important to an understanding of the possible interactions between IP and the transfer of biotechnologies, as well as any interaction between IP regulation and environmental concerns.

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