[Ip-health] General Statement of India to the WIPO General Assembly 2012 (raises concerns on public health and green technology)

Thirukumaran Balasubramaniam thiru at keionline.org
Tue Oct 2 03:28:58 PDT 2012

The following statement was delivered by Shri Saurabh Chandra, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, New Delhi on Monday, 1 October 2012 at the WIPO General Assembly.

In her statement, India stressed that intellectual property norms must not create "monopoly situations which may hinder competition and access to technology".

India underscored the importance of preserving a balance in the intellectual property system in fostering innovation while "addressing the key concerns of sustainable development, inclusive growth and food security. The Council has prepared a draft Strategy which is currently open for comment."

On the issue of bilateral, plurilateral and regional trade agreements, India stated:

"These imperatives of balance also dictate that countries should have the freedom to modulate their policies as per their national requirements. In this context, India remains concerned at attempts to strengthen the IPR regime beyond TRIPS through bilateral, plurilateral or regional agreements. India resolutely believes in multilateralism as the way to achieve the greatest good for the greatest number. As such, India remains committed to supporting WIPO’s crucial role as a UN agency which has been mandated to promote IP as a means to achieve economic development."

In terms of WIPO's work on global challenges including public health, food security and climate change, India noted:

"India is happy to note the new focus on exploring how IP could contribute to finding solutions for the pressing global challenges faced by the world today, in the areas of health, food security and climate change. We need to recognize the developments taking place in other international multilateral fora such as the UNFCCC, WHO and FAO. Given the fact that these are critical issues that impact developing countries like India the most, we would urge the Global Challenges Division to report regularly to Member States in a relevant Inter Governmental Committee."

With respect to WIPO negotiations on a treaty for the blind, visually impaired and persons with reading disabilities, India stated:

"India supports the finalisation of a legally binding instrument, which can set minimum standards on limitations and exceptions in the International Copyright system, for visually impaired and other print disabled persons."

On the implementation of the Doha Declaration, transfer of technology, access to medicines and access to green technology, India underscored the following:

"More than a decade has passed since the Doha Declaration on TRIPS agreement and public health and yet much more needs to be done to enable access to and improve affordability of medicines for the protection of public health. Transfer of technology has to be discussed in conjunction with the realities of the conditions of those who are in need of life saving drugs. Similarly, the issue of access to green technology is a cause of concern. Technology transfer, therefore, needs to be addressed adequately by Member States and policies that facilitate this transfer should be encouraged. While we recognise WIPO’s efforts in this direction, more needs to be done."

Please find the complete text of India's intervention on the following link:



Thiru Balasubramaniam
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