[A2k] PTI: Intellectual property right not an end in itself: India
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Thu Sep 23 14:53:34 PDT 2010
Intellectual property right not an end in itself: India
Geneva, Sep 23 (PTI) India says intellectual property rights should
not become "an end in itself" at a time when countries are facing
grave challenges in the areas of health and climate challenge.
New Delhi will also consider granting compulsory licences for patented
green technologies or pharmaceutical products or IT software on the
lines of what is being currently attempted in the United States and
other industrialised countries.
"IPR is not an end in itself and if anything, it must address the
developmental challenges in developing countries that are facing acute
health and climate change problems," says Department of Industrial
Policy and Promotion Secretary R P Singh.
Setting out New Delhi''s "developmental" agenda on IPRs, Singh told
the World Intellectual Property Organization''s 48th assembly that his
government is committed to encouraging "innovation" while ensuring
"fair" and "equitable" benefits to the inventor.
The industrialised countries must provide IPR protection for genetic
resources and accord equal importance for traditional knowledge in
the developmental agenda being advanced by developing countries, he
Expressing sharp concern over the slow progress in accomplishing the
"developmental" agenda in the IPR regime, which is being advanced by a
group of developing countries, Singh said it is important that
industrialised countries accorded equal protection to genetic
resources and traditional knowledge in developing countries, on par
with other areas where patents are easily granted.
Singh, who held one-on-one meetings with senior industry officials
from Britain and Switzerland as well as WIPO Director General Francis
Gurry, conveyed India''s opposition to the attempt by a group of
industrialised countries to cobble together a new Anti Counterfeiting
Trade Agreement (ACTA) that would further enhance IPR protection and
enforcement for copyrights, trademarks, and patents.
"This is clearly a TRIPS+ [World Trade Organisation''s Trade-Related
Intellectual Property Rights] agenda that is aimed at undermining WTO
and WIPO," Singh told PTI.
He said, "The ACTA has the potential to constrain the flexibilities
provided by the TRIPS Agreement to developing countries for addressing
public health, access to knowledge, and other socio-economic
The US administration led by President Barack Obama is determined to
conclude the ACTA before the Congressional Elections to showcase its
commitment to creating jobs, said James Love, the president of a US-
based non-governmental organisation called Knowledge Ecology
International. MORE PTI DRK ARV
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