(2001; 52 pages)
3.1 Some useful web sites
The Consumer Project on Technology is active on a number of issues, including intellectual property, telecommunications, privacy and electronic commerce, plus a variety of projects relating to antitrust enforcement and policy. It is also very active in a number of projects involving health care, particularly pricing of intellectual property that relates to medical inventions, and compulsory licensing of essential medical technologies in developing countries. This web site is an extensive source of information providing articles and data on the regional trade agreements and TRIPS, patents and drugs, compulsory licensing, parallel imports, health registration data, generic competition and more.
The website of the Médecins sans Frontières Campaign on access to essential medicines is a valuable source of information for the current debate on access to medicines and includes a selection of press reports on access to medicines and trade agreements from around the world.
The South Centre is an intergovernmental body with 46 developing country members. The Centre, however, works for the benefit of the South as a whole, making efforts to ensure that all developing countries and interested groups and individuals have access to its publications and the results of its work, irrespective of membership. The web site provides interesting bibliographical references and papers.
The Third World Network is an independent non-profit international network of organizations and individuals involved in issues relating to development, the Third World and North-South issues. The TWN web site offers articles and position papers on a variety of issues related to developing countries, including trade issues and WTO, health, biotechnology and biosafety.
The World Intellectual Property Organization provides basic fundamental information related to intellectual property and patents in general and to international intellectual property treaties managed by WIPO.
The World Trade Organization has a very comprehensive web site and its page on the TRIPS Agreement may be a useful tool.