The TRIPS Treaty is one of the most discussed within the WTO. Its impact on knowledge and so-called intellectual property rights is huge, not only for developing countries. This talk will give the listener a short introduction on the main principles of TRIPS, who stands behind it and what chances a different treaty could bring. As the WTO meeting in Hong Kong is just two weeks in advance of the 22c3, there will be much news on the progress of the treaty. With Oliver Moldenhauer being an NGO representative at the WTO conference we'll have first-hand experience on the debates amongst NGOs and press in Hong Kong.