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
Table of Contents
View the documentAcknowledgements
Close this folder1. Introduction
View the document1.1. Opening Session of the Workshop
View the document1.2. Objectives of the Workshop
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

1.2. Objectives of the Workshop

The developmental objectives of the workshop were:

• To further promote development of traditional medicine taking into consideration intellectual property rights and their implications.

The specific objectives were:

• To identify those areas of traditional medicine where intellectual property rights protection is of major concern;

• To identify gaps between those areas of traditional medicine (identified in the above specified objective) and existing modern intellectual property law;

• To share information on national patent law and policies on intellectual property rights relating to traditional medicine; and

• To discuss strategies that could be used for protecting traditional medicine knowledge, resources and biodiversity in order to contribute to a fair and equitable sharing of benefits.

Dr S. K. Sharma, Adviser (Ayurveda), Department of ISH&H, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, was nominated as Chairperson and Atty. Elpidio Peria, Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Healthcare, Philippines, was designated as rapporteur. The agenda for the workshop and the participants’ list and secretariat are attached as Annexes III and IV.


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