September 2012

Panel Discussion on Intellectual Property in Agriculture at the World Trade Organization Public Forum in Geneva

A QUNO-IIED (Quaker UN Office - International Institute for Environment and Development) panel at the World Trade Organisation Public Forum in Geneva, September 2012 explored the complex international landscape on intellectual property relating to agriculture. The panel considered the main features of the international intellectual property framework through the following questions:

  • Does the intellectual property system stimulate innovation?
  • How does it meet the needs of farmers and consumers?
  • In what directions is it likely to evolve?
  • Are new rules or new processes needed to ensure it responds to changing farming needs?

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