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La propriété intellectuelle dans le contentieux commercial au sein de l’OMC Print
Brown Bag Seminar in French by Dr Emmanuel Kam-Yogo from the University of Douala (Cameroon), Visiting Professor at the World Trade Institute
20 February 2009, 12.15 - 13.45, Auditorium Anna Nussbaum, WTI, Berne, Switzerland

Intellectual Property Issues in the WTO Dispute Settlement System

What are the trends of the WTO case law concerning IP?

The TRIPS Agreement is one of the most important innovations of the Uruguay Round. Many goods and services involve intellectual property rights that give exclusive benefits to the owner. Since the WTO was created, applications for patents for example have increased. This is a result of the globalisation.

The TRIPS Agreement imposes the respect of a minimal protection of IP by almost all WTO members. This agreement contains also principles like the MFN and the National Treatment. One of the impacts of the TRIPS Agreement on international trade relations is the emerging litigations between WTO members concerning the implementation of TRIPS. 

The main litigations have involved for example India (Patent Protection for Pharmaceutical and Agricultural Chemical Products – USA and EC as complainants), Canada (Patent Protection of Pharmaceutical Products – EC as complainant), and Canada (Term of Patent Protection – USA as complainant), USA (Section 110-5 of the Copyright Act – EC as complainant), USA (section 211 Omnibus Appropriation Act of 1998 – EC as complainant),  EC (Protection of Trademarks and Geographical Indications for Agricultural Products and Foodstuffs – USA and Australia as complainants), and China (Measures affecting the Protection and the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights – USA as complainant). 

After the publication of various reports of the WTO panels and Appellate Body on these cases, the main question to be asked now is what are the trends of the WTO case law concerning IP in terms of…applying the principle of non discrimination, interpretation of the TRIPS Agreement…etc ?

About the Speaker

Dr Emmanuel Kam-Yogo is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Public Law, Faculty of Legal and Political Sciences at the University of Douala  in Cameroon.

Emmanuel Kam Yogo has a PhD in Law from the Leiden University (Netherlands). He wrote a thesis on the topic:
La protection de l’environnement dans la coopération entre l’Union européenne et les États du Groupe ACP.

He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Public Law at the University of Douala (Cameroon) where he lectures on International Economic Law and on Environmental Law. He also lectures at the Institute of International Relations of Cameroon (University of Yaounde II).

He has published several articles on constitutional law, economic law and international law. The most recent (2008) are: “L’influence du droit international des droits de l’homme sur la constitution camerounaise” and  “La constitution camerounaise et la garantie des droits: le passage de l’Etat de police réformé à l’amorce de l’Etat de droit”. Articles to be published in 2009 are: « Les Commissions électorales indépendantes dans les Etats africains : cas du Bénin, Cameroun, Mali et Togo », and « Le droit douanier de l’Afrique centrale à l’épreuve de l’OMC ».

His main research at the moment is focused on WTO Law, International Law on Intellectual Property, an African Integration Law. Apart from his teaching and research activities, Dr Emmanuel Kam Yogo works as an independent consultant for various Cameroonian ministerial departments and Development agency on issues related to environment, trade and development cooperation.

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