Conference Report: "TRIPS - Ten Years Later"
From the opening address by EU Commissioner Pascal Lamy at the International Conference on the 10th Anniversary of the WTO TRIPs Agreement in Brussels, 23 June 2004:
. . . In my view, the TRIPs agreement, like any other piece of law, is not set in stone. International law must adapt to international evolutions. Do we go as far as contemplating adaptation to TRIPs? The answer is clearly yes, and this is what we are currently promoting for a number of issues in order to take account of new developments. The first is to ensure a positive interface between TRIPs and the Convention on Biodiversity. The second relates to geographical indications, and our wish to extend protection to agri-food products not just wines and spirits. . . .
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