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Examining trade disputes in AfCFTA agreement: The need to engage private sector in Nigeria
AfCFTA roundtable brought together business leaders, academia, government representatives, trade, and legal experts to discuss and deliberate on dispute issues in implementing the agreement in Nigeria.
African social movements demand that AU suspends undemocratic and pro-industry seed and GMO guidelines and processes
More than 50 African groups denounce how the African Union is using the African Continental Free Trade Area as a justification to push the seed harmonisation agenda.
India-EU FTA talks likely in September but no resolution yet on linking of investments, GIs
India and the EU are likely to begin negotiations on the revamped proposal for a bilateral FTA in September but there continues to be disagreement on whether to carve out separate agreements on investment protection and geographical indications (GIs).
Trade agreements privatising biodiversity
For the past 30 years, industrialised countries have been forcing governments of the global South to adopt laws that privatise seeds, mainly through free trade agreements.
Defending access to medicines in regional trade agreements: lessons from the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership
This paper examines civil society and health actors’ views of the conditions that successfully contributed to the removal of these measures in RCEP, with a focus on intellectual property and access to medicines.
Govt has taken steps to amend regulations to comply with RCEP – Hasnol
The Malaysia government has taken steps to amend relevant laws and regulations to comply with the obligations of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement.
Nigerian creative industry under the AfCFTA: Threats and opportunities
The Nigerian creative sector argues that the scalability of the industry within the AfCFTA will depend on the existence of a robust framework that supports IP rights and provides digital security.
In memory of Heesob Nam, a patent attorney who fought against vaccine inequality until the end
Heesob Nam, a patent attorney who dedicated his life to preventing the monopoly of ’intellectual property’ by a few, passed away on May 10th.
TRIPS Waiver: A BIT of a challenge for India
Potential BIT claims by foreign pharmaceutical companies against India for the revocation, suspension or non-enforcement of IPRs could undermine the benefits of a potential TRIPS waiver.
Canada-Chile agreement aimed at enhancing bilateral engagement on intellectual property issues
The memorandum of understanding creates a formal mechanism for the two countries to enhance bilateral engagement on IP under the Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement.
EU and India agree to resume free-trade negotiations
The European Union and India agreed to resume stalled free-trade negotiations and seek closer cooperation to combat climate change at a virtual summit on Saturday.
US says China has fallen short on ‘phase one’ intellectual property commitments
The US criticised China for failing to fulfil commitments it made in the “phase one” trade deal a year ago to improve protections for the intellectual property of American companies.
Halloumi cheese EU regional naming rights raise concerns for New Zealand dairy
The New Zealand dairy industry says further moves by the EU to control the use of cheese names are of major concern.
ATPC embarks on first ever environmental assessment of the AfCFTA to usher in green-friendly trade on the continent
The African Trade Policy Centre is preparing the first ever Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the AfCFTA to guide on how environmental considerations can be effectively incorporated into the agreement.
Battle looms for Aussie dairy over Haloumi
Australia’s dairy industry is bracing for a fight over the name "haloumi", after the European Union voted to restrict cheese manufacturers outside of Cyprus from marketing haloumi cheese under that name.
EFTA insists on the UPOV clause in negotiating mandates for free trade agreements (FTAs)
EFTA’s response to the June 2020 open letter, supported by 250 organisations from around the world, is disappointing. EFTA maintains the UPOV 91 requirement in FTAs. The right to seeds therefore remains under pressure.
Patently unfair: Can waivers help solve COVID vaccine inequality?
The WTO General Council gathered virtually on Monday for the first of two days of talks amid increasing calls from civil society, states and nongovernmental actors to temporarily waive patents for COVID-19 vaccines and other coronavirus-related medical products.
China-EU agreement on geographical indications takes effect
GI is a label used for identifying the geographical origin of a product, and is an important type of intellectual property right.
Intellectual property and COVID-19 medicines: why a WTO waiver may not be enough
The COVID-19 pandemic, and the race to make vaccines and other useful technologies more accessible to people around the world, has once again highlighted the tension between intellectual property rights and the promotion of public health.
TNCs reviving TPP Frankenstein
Corporate globalisation and Covid-19 should also have taught developing countries that they must reject FTAs strengthening IPRs, ISDS and TNCs in order to secure policy space to ’build back better’.