Now it was time for questions and discussion. First, Mihaly Ficsor was asked: "where do we go from here?" Mihaly was not convinced that there was a legal need for a treaty to assist the visually impaired. However, it was a good idea from the point of view of showing that we all cared about the visually impaired, and might also be justified in terms of cross-border movement of goods. Stanford McCoy disagreed with James Love's comments about inflated-value data as to the worth of IP in the US economy, adding that the US government was open to hearing data and suggestions as to where IP policy should lie. Michele Woods then gave a WIPO perspective.
Don Weerawit Weeraworawit (Thailand) spoke on Article 8(1) of TRIPS, the Singapore-US Free Trade Agreement (SUSFTA) and the unsuccessful attempt in subsequent FTA negotiations to persuade Thailand to accept patent extension terms similar to those in the SUSFTA, following fierce public protests. Michael Schlesinger asked Don what he thought about Barack Obama's visit to Thailand and the possibility of Thailand joining the TPP negotiations. Said Don, the Thai government is always hospitable, but has to listen to the voice of its many citizens who are HIV-positive and require expensive medication which may be best served by compulsory licensing under the TRIPS regime. There are also constitutional issues that must be dealt with before Thailand takes steps towards the TPP.