DTI South Africa - Workshop on Draft Intellectual Property Policy

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) of the Republic of South Africa, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized a three-day workshop on the dti draft National intellectual property (IP) policy – Phase I 2017 (Draft Policy) in Pretoria, South Africa, from 25-27 October 2017. The objective of the workshop was to discuss the Draft Policy with stakeholders.  

Three presentations by Frederick M. Abbott



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A Never-ending Tale: IP governance, the (captured) regulatory state and the world of second bests

Presentation by Frederick Abbott at

The Global Debate on Intellectual Property, Trade and Development: Past, Present and Future

A Conference in Honour of Pedro Roffe

University of Geneva, Uni-Bastions

15 June 2017

Session One: Intellectual Property Governance and the Rise of the Regulatory State: Intersections with Trade, Investment, Health and Development 

Audio and Prepared Remarks



Competition Doctrines for the Medicines Sector: Innovation and Affordability

Presentation by Frederick Abbott at

7th ASEAN Competition Conference 2017 - ASEAN@50

 – Managing Change in a Competitive ASEAN

March 8, 2017

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

PowerPoint and Audio (presentation/Q&A) below




Non-Voluntary Patent Licensing in International Law

Frederick M. Abbott

Presentation at:

Workshop on the History, Experiences, and Prospects of Compulsory Licensing of Medical Patents in the United States

KEI – February 24, 2017

Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health

Washington, DC




The WTO and Intellectual Property in the Midst of Tectonic Shift

Presentation by Prof. Frederick Abbott at WTO@20 Conference, New Delhi

17 February 2017

Organized by the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization

together with National Law University, Delhi

Audio Recording


Lecture on Trade Implications of Trump Election

This is an audio recording of Prof. Abbott's November 9, 2016 lecture on the potential trade and economic implications of the election of Donald Trump as the next President of the United States, with his class on International Trade and Investment Law at Florida State University College of Law.


South Africa DTI Consultative Framework

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) of the Republic of South Africa, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) three-day workshop on the dti intellectual property (IP) consultative framework, in Pretoria, South Africa, from 28-30 September, 2016. The objective of the workshop was to obtain inputs from stakeholders on the framework, which forms the basis for the development of the national IP policy.

Four presentations by Frederick M. Abbott




TRIPS plus provisions in plurilateral/regional trade agreements and their impact on access to medicines at the national and global level

Presentation by Frederick Abbott

and following remarks by Director General Margaret Chan

Official BRICS Side-event

Access to Medicines and Trade Agreements

69th World Health Assembly

May 23, 2016, 1745-1915hrs

(Room XII, Building A, Level 3, Palais des Nations, Geneva)



Patents and Public Health 2016: Selected Developments and Issues

Prof. F. M. Abbott

FSU College of Law

International IP Roundtable

Friday, April 8 –Saturday, April 9, 2016

William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada Las Vegas


Groundhog Day: Health-related provisions in FTAs and TRIPS

Frederick M. Abbott

Session on the TRIPS Agreement in the light of preferential trade and investment agreements

At “The Changing Global Innovation and Intellectual Property Policy Landscape: Present Challenges and Future Directions (II): TRIPS at 20 and beyond”
Organized by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), October 30-31, 2014, WTO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland
Text posted - file below


When I was asked to address the subject of the impact of preferential trading agreements, and particularly free trade agreements (FTAs), on public health within the context of the TRIPS Agreement, the movie “Groundhog Day”, with Bill Murray and Andie McDowell, came to mind. I am sure you will all recall this film in which the flawed protagonist, Bill Murray, wakes up at the same time day after day to find that it is the beginning of the same day. That is the general sense I have about the subject of public health and FTAs. In the movie, while repeating the same day, Bill Murray learns, adapts, and improves himself in order to win the affections of his romantic interest, Andie McDowell, and he eventually succeeds. In the movies, not surprisingly, there is a happy ending.  It is not so clear in the real world of public health and FTAs what will be the result. We may be learning and adapting, or we may be repeatedly beating our heads against the same wall.