[Ip-health] US, France, Japan, South Africa, WIPO, ICC-BASCAP, Lilly, Microsoft and Pfizer co-sponsor Africa IP Forum in Cape Town

Thirukumaran Balasubramaniam thiru at keionline.org
Wed Feb 1 08:51:00 PST 2012

Please click on the link below to see the agenda for the Africa IP Forum described in the chapeau.


US, France, Japan, South Africa, WIPO, ICC-BASCAP, Lilly, Microsoft and Pfizer co-sponsor Africa IP Forum in Cape Town

Submitted by thiru on 1. February 2012 - 17:40

The United States Department of Commerce's Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) is the lead agency of a concerted effort involving the governments of France, Japan, South Africa and the United States, alongside the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle (OAPI), and the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) to organize the inaugural "Africa Intellectual Property Forum: Intellectual Property, Regional Integration and Economic Growth in Africa" in Cape Town, South Africa from 3-5 April 2012. The CLDP website describes this Forum as a "first -of-its kind ministerial level Forum" that will "focus on the Dynamic Role of Intellectual Property Protection and Enforcement in Promoting Knowledge-Based Economies Through Innovation, Trade and Investment." This type of IP hagiography is reminiscent of former WIPO Director General Kamil Idris' conviction that "IP was a power tool for economic growth". This forum is expected to draw 600-800 people from the government and private sector. This event enjoys corporate sponsorship with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)-Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP) enjoying platinum level status, Adams & Adams, Caterpillar Inc., Dolby Laboratories, Inc., Eli Lilly and Company and Spoor & Fisher enjoying gold level status and Microsoft Corporation and Pfizer, Inc. enjoying silver level status. A call to the CLDP today on 1 February 2012 at 9:59 AM Eastern Standard Time revealed that platinum level sponsorship costs $50,000 USD, gold level sponsorship costs $25,000 USD and silver level status costs $10,000 USD.

Here is more background on the US Department of Commerce's CLDP (taken from its website):

"Established in 1992, CLDP is a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce that helps achieve U.S. foreign policy goals in developing and post-conflict countries through commercial legal reforms. CLDP’s unique, government-to-government technical assistance draws upon highly-experienced regulators, judges, policymakers, business leaders and attorneys from both the public and private sectors to deliver results that make meaningful and lasting changes to the legal and judicial environments of our host countries."

Here below is the draft agenda which seems curiously silent on the matter of the WIPO Development Agenda, WIPO's recent work on limitations and exceptions to copyright, the WHO Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation, and Intellectual Property and the WTO Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health


Thiru Balasubramaniam
Geneva Representative
Knowledge Ecology International (KEI)

thiru at keionline.org

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