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Symposiums, workshops and training in intellectual property

The WTO, often collaborating with other international organizations, regularly holds events on intellectual property, trade and other related subjects. Some are part of the advanced training that the WTO offers to officials, policymakers and academics via selection. Others are available to a wider audience, where experts share their latest thinking on topics such as public health. (Training activities held outside Geneva, such as regional training sessions, are not included here.)


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World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
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The types of events:


WIPO-WTO advanced course on intellectual property for government officials back to top

For officials from developing countries and economies in transition, aiming to strengthen the capacity of participating countries to monitor and participate in international developments, and to make informed assessments of intellectual property policy issues.

March 2014
> March 2013
> March 2012
> May 2011
> April 2010
October 2009


WIPO-WTO colloquiums for teachers of intellectual property back to top

For teachers of intellectual property from developing countries and countries with economies in transition. The aim is to help the teachers become more aware of the Geneva institutions, negotiations and other activities dealing with intellectual property law and policy, and to strengthen their countries’ independent research, policy analysis and teaching in international intellectual property law with its diverse policy contexts.

Details: background, research papers and alumni

> 2014: invitation
> 2012: invitation
2008: announcement


WHO-WIPO-WTO joint technical symposiums back to top

Open to the public, through obligatory registration, including delegations in Geneva to the WHO, WIPO and WTO, representatives of international and philanthropic organizations, experts on intellectual property, trade, health and related topics, civil society organizations, and all interested individuals and organizations.

  • WHO-WIPO-WTO joint technical symposium on ‘Innovation and access to medical technologies: challenges and opportunities for middle income countries’, 5 November 2014
    > Announcement
    > Programme
  • WHO-WIPO-WTO joint technical symposium on ‘Medical Innovation — Changing Business Models’, 5 July 2013
    News story
    > Announcement
    > Programme
  • WHO-WIPO-WTO joint technical symposium on Access to Medicines: Patent Information and Freedom to Operate, 18 February 2011
    > News story
    > Programme and presentation
  • WHO-WIPO-WTO joint technical symposium on Access to Medicines: Pricing and Procurement Practices, 16July 2010
    > News story
    > Programme and presentation


WTO workshops on intellectual property and public health back to top

For government officials from developing country members and observers in the WTO, these workshops are part of well-established cooperation between the WHO, WIPO and the WTO, designed to build capacity on issues at the crossroad between trade, intellectual property rights and public health.


Events related to least developed countries’ priority needs back to top

Least developed countries (LDCs) are given an extended transition period to protect intellectual property under the WTO’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). This is in recognition of their special requirements, their economic, financial and administrative constraints, and the need for flexibility so that they can create a viable technological base. A number of workshops and other events have been organized on this topic. The purpose is to help identify LDCs’ priority needs so they can implement the TRIPS Agreement in a way that responds to their domestic policy objectives, and to coordinate responses to those needs where they have already been identified.

> 2012
> 2011


Others back to top

  • None so far