Unwrapping Tobacco Plain Packaging: What's Inside the WTO Panel Reports?
Room 920, Level 9
185 Pelham Street
T: 8344 4799
In this interactive session, Mr Antony Taubman, Director of the Intellectual Property Government Procurement and Competition Division of the World Trade Organization (WTO), will join Melbourne Law School academics in investigating the 900-page WTO Panel Reports circulated on 28 June 2018 in the four-country challenge to Australia’s tobacco plain packaging scheme.
He will review the enormous scale and complexity of the report, delving into aspects of the voluminous evidence presented by the parties and explaining some of the more significant findings in relation to the WTO’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement).
The Panel Reports, which Honduras appealed on 19 July 2018, offer an opportunity to reflect on major intellectual property concepts under national and international law such as the rights of trade mark owners and the extent to which States may regulate without infringing on those rights.
Mr Antony Taubman, Director
Mr Antony Taubman
Intellectual Property Division, WTO Secretariat
Antony Taubman has served as Director, Intellectual Property, Government Procurement and Competition Division of the WTO since 2009, dealing with diverse legal and policy issues, policy analysis, technical assistance and multilateral cooperation, and dispute settlement. This work has included extensive cooperation within the multilateral system on public health and access to medicines. Earlier, he was Director, Global Intellectual Property Issues Division of the World Intellectual Property Organization (including the Traditional Knowledge Division and Life Sciences Program), covering programs on intellectual property and genetic resources, traditional knowledge and folklore, the life sciences, and related global issues including the environment, climate change, human rights, food security, bioethics and indigenous issues. A former Australian diplomat and practising patent and trademark attorney, he has authored numerous publications on international intellectual property law and policy.