[Ip-health] PTI: Intellectual property right not an end in itself: India

Thiru Balasubramaniam thiru at keionline.org
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  
development challenges."

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


Thiru Balasubramaniam
Geneva Representative
Knowledge Ecology International (KEI)
thiru at keionline.org

Tel: +41 22 791 6727
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