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June 2008 - ITSSD Request for ad hoc Observer Status at WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents ("SCP") (SCP/12/2); Approved by SCP (SCP/12/4.Rev. - Chair Summary)  
​Industry
​Intergovernmental
Oct. 2008 - ITSSD Presentation at:  Knowledge Ecology Institute ("KEI") Brownbag Lunch, discussing the then recently released WIPO Report on Patents and Standards > Preserving the Rights of IP Holders in an Open Environment
Non-Governmental/Governmental
April 2008 - ITSSD Presentation at:  First EurasiaBIO International Congress for Biotechnology, Bioenergy and Bioeconomy of the Yu.A. Ovchinnikov Russian Society of Biotechnologists & the National Biofuel Association, Moscow, Russia > Taking Advantage of IP Protection to Advance Russian Biotech
Oct. 2008 - ITSSD Presentation at:  BIOKorea 2008 Annual Conference/Exhibition, Bio-Technopolis, Cheongju City, Chungbuk Province, Korea; Track 8 - Business Development, Session #4 - Technological Innovation Strategy for Biotechnology > Harnessing Korea Biotech For The Markets: The Importance of IP Protection and Technology Transfer

Programs - ITSSD Theme #2 (2008-2009)

Strong Intellectual Property Right Protections

Theme #2:  Regional and national 'public interest' rules that diverge from consensus-based international standards should be scientifically and economically justified, should not discriminate between technologies and products incorporating them based on whether they employ a proprietary or non-proprietary business model, and should not otherwise unnecessarily burden, curtail or impose obstacles to the market access of such products, or the exercise and/or use of underlying intellectual property rights and/or assets.

Regional and national regulations promulgated to ensure universal access to healthcare, environmental, and information and communication technologies, the products in which they are incorporated, and the proprietary intellectual property (including related undisclosed technical information and know-how) underlying them at concession rate prices, can effectively constitute indirect regulatory 'takings' (indirect expropriations) of exclusive private property rights in contravention of international, regional and bilateral trade and investment agreements, especially when they are enacted for other than a bona fide legitimate public policy (disguised protectionist) purpose.