As part of efforts to advance a mutual appreciation of views, and to foster common understanding of core technical aspects of the ongoing negotiations within the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC), the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) will host a policy retreat on the eve of the Thirty-Fourth Session of the IGC. The retreat will focus on the administration of IP rights and issues arising from the grant of exclusive property rights in TK and TCEs. Additionally, the discussions will examine implications for patent offices of a mandatory international disclosure requirement.
The retreat will take place on June 11, 2017, at the Mandarin Hotel, Geneva, from 11:30am – 3:30pm. Participation in the event is by invitation only and the discussions will be conducted under the Chatham House Rule.
CIGI, located in Waterloo, Canada, is an independent, non-partisan think-tank established in 2001 with an objective and uniquely global perspective. CIGI’s research, policy analyses, and public voice make a difference in today’s world by bringing clarity and innovative thinking to global policy making.
Bassem Awad is deputy director of international intellectual property law and innovation, with CIGI's International Law Research Program. In this role, he provides strategic guidance of the thematic area. A specialist in intellectual property law, he has served as a judge at the Appeal Court in Egypt and the United Arab Emirates and as adjunct professor at Western University.
Oluwatobiloba (Tobi) Moody is a post-doctoral fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program (ILRP). In this role, Tobi researches international law and governance pertaining to intellectual property with a specific focus on the protection of traditional knowledge and genetic resources.