Balancing innovation and sustainable development


  • DATE / TIME:
    2012•05•22    15:30 - 17:00

    UNU-IAS Workshop: “Balance between incentives for innovation and achievement of sustainable development — Experiences of the Doha Declaration and CBD and their implications”

    The Doha Declaration paved the way for developing countries to limit patent protection for medicines, giving them easier access to medicine without negating the treaty obligation of the TRIPS Agreement. Giving an overview of developing countries’ experiences, this workshop explores the appropriate balance between the promotion of innovation, on one hand, and sustainable development, on the other, by analysing prior access to medicine and discussions relating to biodiversity. Referring to past events, this workshop may also touch upon the implications of climate change issues.

    Hiroshi Kato (Patent Attorney, Aoyama & Partners, and Professor, Faculty of Law, Nihon University) will give an overview of the tension between access to medicine and patent protection, and that between CBD and patent protection. He will explain and analyse examples where compulsory licenses were ordered by the government. In addition, he will review and analyse the relevant theoretical and practical framework of the CBD.

    Mitsuo Fujii ( Director, Intellectual Property, Japan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association) will explain the driving factors for innovation and emerging innovation models in pharmaceutical companies, referring to both general and special features of the industry. In addition, he will give an overview of cases of both philanthropic and business-based cooperation with developing countries. He also will propose an intellectual property system for the pharmaceutical industry.

    Takeshi Hishinuma (Visiting Research Fellow, UNU-IAS), after briefly explaining the outcomes of the past two events relating to the WIPO Green and Public-Private Partnership, will add analyses on the implications of the relationship between climate change and intellectual property. He may touch upon perspectives on the international community and international norms under the current diplomatic atmosphere as well.

    For more information and to register, please see the event page on the UNU-IAS website.