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18.12.2005 Hong Kong Ministerial Conference: Ministers agree on declaration that ‘puts Round back on track’
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Ministerial Declaration
Ministerial main page
06.12.2005 Members OK amendment to make health flexibility permanent
29.11.2005 Poorest countries given more time to apply intellectual property rules
01.08.2004 Round-the-clock meetings produce ‘historic' breakthrough
News item
July 2004 package
30.08.2003 Decision removes final patent obstacle to cheap drug imports
WTO member governments broke their deadlock over intellectual property protection and public health today (30 August 2003). They agreed on legal changes that will make it easier for poorer countries to import cheaper generics made under compulsory licensing if they are unable to manufacture the medicines themselves.
> Press release
Decision on implementation of paragraph 6 of the Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and public health
The General Council Chairperson's statement
20.12.2002 Supachai disappointed over governments' failure to agree on health and development issues
Director-General Supachai Panitchpakdi, on 20 December 2002, expressed disappointment over the failure by WTO member governments to meet the year-end deadlines for agreement in negotiations on special and differential treatment for developing countries and access to essential medicines for poor countries lacking capacity to manufacture such drugs themselves. “Nonetheless, delegates have informed me of their commitment to continue to work to find agreement in these complex and difficult negotiations”, he said, adding that “I am hopeful a solution can be found in the early part of 2003”.
> Press release
16.09.2002 Commission report is food for thought on intellectual property — Supachai
WTO Director-General Supachai Panitchpakdi said on 16 September 2002 that the report by the UK Commission on Intellectual Property Rights makes an important contribution to the debate on how developing countries can best make use of the WTO agreement and its flexibilities, and how the international framework might be improved.
> Dr Supachai's speaking notes
27.06.2002 TRIPS Council approves decisions on delaying pharmaceutical patents for LDCs
The WTO council responsible for intellectual property, on 27 June 2002, approved a decision extending until 2016 the transition period during which least-developed countries (LDCs) do not have to provide patent protection for pharmaceuticals. It also approved a waiver for LDCs on exclusive marketing rights for any new drugs in the period when they do not provide patent protection.
> Press release
08.03.2002 Intellectual property council starts on Doha agenda items and two-phase negotiation
The WTO's TRIPS (intellectual property) Council started work (5–7 March 2002) on a list of issues that ministers assigned to it at the Doha Ministerial Conference, and (8 March 2002) on a two-phase programme for completing negotiations on a multilateral register for geographical indications for wines and spirits
Regular meeting (5–7 March)        
> Special session (8 March)
21.09.2001 Members discuss drafts for ministerial declaration on patents and health
Two drafts for a ministerial declaration on intellectual property and public health issues — now available unrestricted — were discussed in the second TRIPS Council meeting on access to medicines
Summary of discussion       
> More on the meeting
22.06.2001 WTO members to press on, following ‘rich debate’ on medicines
WTO member governments have agreed to examine in greater detail the issues raised in their first special discussion on Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines on 20 June 2001, a meeting that the chairperson, Ambassador Boniface Chidyausiku of Zimbabwe described as “rich”.
22 June 2001 press release       
> More on the meeting
20.06.2001 Governments share interpretations on TRIPS and public health
Unusually frank and detailed interpretations of the WTO's intellectual property agreement characterized the 20 June 2001 discussion on “Intellectual Property and Access to medicines” in WTO's TRIPS Council.
Summary of discussion       
> More on the meeting
20.06.2001 Moore: countries must feel secure that they can use TRIPS' flexibility
WTO Director-General Mike Moore says the special discussion on “Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines” should reinforce countries' confidence in their right to use the flexibility written into the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights. 
> Statement       
> More on the discussion
14.06.2001 New WIPO-WTO initiative to help world's poorest countries
The heads of the World Intellectual Property Organization and WTO launched, on 14 June 2001, a new initiative to help least-developed countries in intellectual property issues, including their obligation to comply with the WTO's TRIPS Agreement by 2006.
Press release
30.05.2001 Final report of essential drug pricing workshop released
(Summary report released 15 May 2001)
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19.04.2001 WTO chief Mike Moore welcomes news of settlement of South Africa drug lawsuit
  Fact sheet on TRIPS and pharmaceuticals
11.04.2001 WTO, WHO workshop on affordable drugs
(“Differential pricing and financing of essential drugs”). The 8-11 April 2001 meeting in Norway brings together about 50 experts from industrialized and developing countries. Includes press releases, background papers, programme, participants list, etc.
22.02.2001 “Yes, Drugs for the Poor — and Patents as Well”
28.09.2000 WTO Deputy Director-General Miguel Rodríguez Mendoza says TRIPS balances medical costs and benefits
21.03.2000 TRIPS Council: debates call to expand geographical indications protection
17.02.1999 TRIPS Council: US, Japan submit proposal on geographical indications
02.12.1998 TRIPS Council: Discussion develops on geographical indications
21.06.1998 WTO and WIPO join forces to help developing countries meet year-2000 commitments on intellectual property

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