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Tuesday, 31 May 2011, 14:30 - 16:00 at UNU-IAS in Yokohama

Will Green Technology Package Platform (GTPP)
Encourage the Transfer of Environmental Technologies?

WIPO & JIPA New Platform for Technology Transfer of Green Technology



Mr. Yuichiro Kawamura discusses Green Technology Package Platform
Photo: Makiko Arima / UNU-IAS



Workshop Description
Language: English

This seminar will explore the possibility of GTPP proposed by Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA) and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Intellectual property issues were heavily discussed at the recent climate change negotiations in Copenhagen (COP16) and in Cancun (COP17) even though this issue was not mentioned in their final reports. This is an area in which the interests and viewpoints of developing countries conflict with those of developed countries. In addition, discussions over a theoretical legal question, i.e., TRIPS compatibility of the use of a compulsory licensing system for environment technologies, has not reached an established consensus.

In this context, Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA) and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) plan to launch a database for developing countries. The database will be administered by WIPO and expected to be supported by other UN agencies. The database includes both supply and demand sides of such technologies. However, the question is whether the database can attract a sufficient amount of protected information from technology holders on a voluntary basis. Because the database is not a bundle of information that is compulsorily obtained against the will of the technology holders, it will not function effectively without the provision of incentives to participate, such as monetary or reputational rewards or whatever might induce the voluntary provision of technology information from technology holders. In addition, the demand side (i.e., developing countries) is required to provide specifics about the technologies that it actually requires. If the developing countries have not achieved a certain technical level, they may not be able to clarify their own needs.

As members of the international community, developing countries in particular, increasingly request the transfer of environmental technologies in affordable conditions, the new system will attract a great deal of attention. The key issue is whether the new system can accommodate a sufficient number and quality of protected information, voluntarily contributed from technology holders, as well as the willing cooperation of technology holders to overcome practical difficulties when implementing such technologies in a country with lower technological absorption abilities.

Other issues that will likely be covered include the implications for corporate social responsibility (CSR), the responsibilities of countries at various developmental, economic, and industrial levels, the implications for the intellectual property system, and the role of international organizations.


Programme

14:30 - 14:35 Opening Remarks
     Govindan Parayil,  Director, UNU-IAS and Vice-Rector, UNU
(moderator)

14:35 - 15:15

WIPO & JIPA New Platform for Technology Transfer of Green Technology

Yuichiro Kawamura 
     General Manager, Intellectual Property Division, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Managing Director and Project Leader of Green Technology Package Program Project,
        Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA)

15:15 - 15:45

Discussion and Q&A

Discussants:
Govindan Parayil,  Director, UNU-IAS and Vice-Rector, UNU
Obijiofor Aginam, Academic Programme Officer, UNU
Takeshi Hishinuma, Visiting Research Fellow, IAS-UNU


Video and Audio Podcasts

31 May 2011
Will Green Technology Package Platform (GTPP) Encourage the Transfer of Environmental Technologies?

Opening Remarks  by Prof. Govindan Parayil,  Director, UNU-IAS and Vice-Rector, UNU

 [Archived Video3 minutes];

WIPO & JIPA New Platform for Technology Transfer of Green Technology by Mr. Yuichiro Kawamura  by General Manager, Intellectual Property Division, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. and Managing Director and Project Leader of Green Technology Package Program
Project, Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA)
 [Archived Video33 minutes];  [Archived Audio33 minutes]

Discussion and Q&A

 [Archived Video54 minutes];  [Archived Audio54 minutes]




Speaker's Biography

Mr. Yuichiro Kawamura joined Honda in 1980. Since 1982, he has been engaged mainly in IP administration, IP litigations and IP-related technical contracts such as license, joint development and venture investment at Honda R&D Co., Ltd. and Honda R&D Americas, Inc. (Torrance, CA). Established GE Honda Aero Engines, a JV for manufacturing turbo fan engines for a business jet application. In 2007, established Guangzhou Honda Automobile R&D company in China. Since 2007, he has been managing general IP activities in Honda global operations and he is currently General Manager of the Intellectual Property Division. Mr. Kawamura was a member of the Research Commission on Patent System of the Japan Patent Office in 2010 and also the Managing Director of the Japan Intellectual Property Association since 2008.


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