This week in review … Controversy remains on including intellectual property issues in WTO Doha round of negotiations

2 12 2008

WTO IP Discussion in Question With Possible Ministerial on Horizon

IP Watch, 28 November 2008

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: Delegates are buckling down on key negotiating issues in the final days they have to decide whether or not there can be a high-level meeting of government ministers in December, and intellectual property-related issues appear still to be at an impasse with another IP meeting scheduled for Monday. While negotiations on agriculture and non-agricultural market access have continued to dominate discussions in the past few weeks – and while progress in those two areas will be the determining factor in whether or not the WTO brings decision-making ministers to Geneva in December – IP issues resurfaced as a sticky area of discussion last week when proponents of parallelism between three IP areas insisted Director General Pascal Lamy find a way forward on the issues.


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