to present balanced, evidence-based policy recommendations the Commission
defined a broad investigation agenda. The Commission also appreciated
that the value of the final report would be determined by consulting
with as many interested parties as possible to understand diverse viewpoints,
and that it was essential to listen to the opinions and concerns of
undertook fact-finding missions to Brazil, China, Kenya, India and South
Africa to talk with key stakeholders (government, NGO, industry, academic,
community, legal, etc.). The Commission also consulted with developed
country stakeholders in the UK, US, EU and international organisations
concerned with the global IPR framework (WTO, WIPO, OECD, World Bank,
UN, International NGOs etc.).
of key Study Areas were identified, which are of particular relevance
to developing countries.
rationale for the IP system and the evidence on its impact
impact of intellectual property rights regimes on health; agriculture
and genetic resources; traditional knowledge; and software and the
issues in building institutional capacity in developing countries
effectiveness of the international system and institutions in relation
to developing countries
on these study areas were commissioned from international experts, assessing
the current situation, important issues and existing research.
of eight workshops were convened which brought together international
experts in each of the key study areas to discuss the central issues
of each topic. And in February 2002 the Commission held a large international
conference at the Royal Society in London to give any other interested
parties the opportunity to communicate their views to the Commission.
also used its website to provide opportunities for all those with an
interest in IPR to make their views and analyses available to the Commission,
and a series of on-line debates were undertaken in each of the study
areas. As the Commission report and supporting documents are available
on this website, the Commission hopes that this website will continue
to be a useful resource for those interested in IPR issues.
report of the Commission containing comprehensive analysis of the evidence
and policy recommendations was published on 12th September 2002 and
is available to download on this website. Click
here for Final Report.