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Report of the Inter-Regional Workshop on Intellectual Property Rights in the Context of Traditional Medicine (Bangkok, Thailand, 6-8 December 2000)
(2001; 52 pages) View the PDF document
Interest in both the health care and economic development aspects of traditional medicine has been increasing worldwide. As traditional knowledge - particularly the knowledge of traditional medicine and medicinal plants - could have an economic and trade value, more and more WHO Member States have become concerned with the need to protect it and to secure fair and equitable sharing of any benefits derived from it.
WHO initiated this inter-regional workshop, which took place in Bangkok, Thailand, from 6 to 8 December 2000 in cooperation with the WHO Regional Offices for the Eastern Mediterranean, South-East Asia, and the Western Pacific. This Workshop was part of the follow-up to the implementation of WHO's revised drug strategy in connection with the monitoring and analysis of the effects of globalization on access to drugs. The WTO Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) is currently revising Article 27.3 (b) of the TRIPS Agreement, which deals with the patentability of traditional knowledge.
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View the documentAcknowledgements
Open this folder and view contents1. Introduction
Open this folder and view contents2. The role of intellectual property rights in the context of traditional medicine
View the document3. Globalization, the TRIPS Agreement and access to essential drugs
View the document4. Intellectual property rights
View the document5. Systems and national experience for protecting traditional knowledge, innovations and practices
Open this folder and view contents6. Problems and gaps in traditional medicine in relation to modern patent laws
View the document7. Group discussion on existing problems and gaps for the protection of traditional medicine knowledge
Open this folder and view contents8. Presentations on national patent law: means, experiences and proposals
View the document9. Recommendations
View the documentAnnex I. Message to the Workshop from Dr Uton Muchtar Rafei, Regional Director WHO South-East Asia Region
View the documentAnnex II. Welcome address from Dr Mongkol Na Songkhla, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand
View the documentAnnex III. Workshop Agenda
View the documentAnnex IV. List of Participants

Report of the Inter-Regional Workshop on Intellectual Property Rights in the Context of Traditional Medicine (Bangkok, Thailand, 6-8 December 2000)

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Bangkok, Thailand, 6-8 December 2000

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