Monday, July 14, 2008

Working Lunch on IP Enforcement Issues and WCO

On 8 July 2008, South Centre's Innovation and Access to Knowledge Programme (IAKP) organized a Working Lunch for delegations of developing countries.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss three ongoing IP enforcement issues: (i) Update on the recent Decision concerning SECURE made at World Customs Organization (WCO) Policy Commission and Council; (ii) Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA); (iii) Universal Postal Union - WCO on protection of IPR and detection of counterfeit and pirated items.

Mr. Henrique Moraes, the Brazilian delegate based in Brussels, made key interventions on various issues, including among others, those connected with procedural regularity, outcomes of past three meetings, negotiation strategies and tactics, coordination problems at the domestic level, and issue of representation through regional blocks.

The meeting was chaired by Dr. Xuan LI, Coordinator of Innovation and Access to Knowledge Programme.