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
Open this folder and view contents1. Introduction
Close this folder2. The role of intellectual property rights in the context of traditional medicine
View the document2.1. Importance of traditional medicine
View the document2.2. Intellectual property rights for traditional knowledge
View the document2.3. Innovations based on traditional medicine knowledge
View the document2.4. Individuals and institutions involved in discovery and innovation based on the knowledge of traditional medicine
View the document2.5. Challenges to close the gap between existing patent laws and the need to protect traditional knowledge and biodiversity
View the document2.6. Briefing for the Workshop
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

2.6. Briefing for the Workshop

In her briefing, Dr Zhang stated the objectives of the workshop and suggested the procedures for conducting the workshop.


The objectives of the workshop are as follows:

• To determine in which areas of traditional medicine the protection of intellectual property rights is of major concern.

• To identify gaps between those traditional medicine areas and existing modern patent law.

• To share information on national patent law, policies and mechanisms for adequate protection of traditional medicine knowledge in order to contribute to a fair and equitable sharing of the benefits.

• To share and review strategies, systems and approaches that could be used for protecting traditional medicine.

Dr Zhang added that the solutions and methods for the protection of knowledge of traditional medicine would be the focus of the workshop’s discussion. She hoped that through these discussions, governments, researchers and traditional knowledge providers can be made aware that their knowledge has great economic potential and that they have sovereign rights to the knowledge, as well as to urge governments to develop and refine regulations and patent law to protect this important commodity.


Dr Zhang suggested that after the presentation of papers by the experts in the plenary session, participants should break into two groups, discuss the presentations and make recommendations. The papers and the reports of group discussions as well as the recommendations would form the basis of the workshop report.


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