IP and International Trade Agreements

Moderator: Mr. Ohad Cohen, Deputy Director General and Director, Foreign Trade Administration (FTA) in the Israeli Ministry of Economy

  • Mr. Wolf Meier-Ewert, World Trade Organization (WTO)
  • Ms. Terry Creighton, Vice President, Global Public Policy for Teva Canada, and a member of Teva’s Global Government Affairs team
  • Mr. Joseph Damond, Senior Vice President, International Affairs, The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)
  • Mr. Howard Poliner, Director of Intellectual Property Law, Ministry of Justice

Monday, March 21, 4:30 pm - 6:00  pm, Hall C

Intellectual property issues are becoming more prevalent in free trade agreements. The TRIPS Agreement which is part of the WTO was signed more than 20 years ago. Since then, many free trade agreements were signed, the most recent being the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Many of those new agreements are TRIPS + and include obligations that in some cases go far beyond TRIPS e.g. in the area of pharmaceuticals, copy right, GI's and enforcement. Israel experience with IPR chapter in trade agreements is very limited, however, when negotiating new agreement, Israel will have to decide what IPR provisions, if any, it wishes to include.
The speakers in this Panel will discuss different aspects of IPR in trade agreements contributing from their vast experience and expertise in this area. The moderator of the Panel heads the Foreign Trade Administration in the Ministry of Economy & Industry , in charge of, inter alia, Israel's trade policy and trade agreements.