Virtual Symposium to Mark 25 years of the TRIPS Agreement

The WTO is organizing on 24 November 2020 a virtual symposium to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement). This will be the first of a series of commemorative events reflecting on the impact and evolution of the most comprehensive multilateral treaty on intellectual property protection and enforcement.

The event will be opened by WTO Deputy Director-General Xiaozhun Yi and will begin with personal reflections by the first and current chairpersons of the TRIPS Council. The morning sessions of the virtual event will track different aspects of the implementation and operation of the TRIPS Agreement since its inception.

The afternoon sessions will then provide a current view on TRIPS and the multilateral intellectual property (IP) system in the broad fields of development, digitization and new technologies.

A forward-looking round table on "TRIPS 2.0? The TRIPS Agreement as a framework for development in the knowledge economy" will close the event, that will be live streamed on the WTO YouTube channel: youtube.com/user/WTO