ACE Update: Eighth Session of ACE Focuses on Information and Experience Sharing
The eighth session of the WIPO Advisory Committee on Enforcement (ACE) concluded a two-day meeting on December 20, 2012, following a productive exchange of information and experiences in the field of building respect for intellectual property (IP).
The Committee heard presentations by eight speakers relating to the various items of the work program: (1) Identification of different types of infractions and motivations for IPR infringements, taking into account social, economic and technological variables and different levels of development; (2) Targeted studies with an aim to developing analytical methodologies that measure the social, economic and commercial impact of counterfeiting and piracy on societies taking into account the diversity of economic and social realities, as well as different stages of development; and (3) Analysis of various efforts, alternate models and other possible options from a socio-economic welfare perspective to address the counterfeiting and piracy challenges.
The Secretariat presented the activities of WIPO in the field of building respect for IP, which are guided by the 2012-2013 Program and Budget, reflecting Development Agenda Recommendation Number 45 and WIPO Strategic Goal VI.
Delegations acknowledged the progress made in document WIPO/ACE/8/2 on “Recent Activities of WIPO in the field of Building Respect for IP”, in the provision of additional details for each activity, comprising information about the venue, any partnering organizations, participating countries, a brief summary of the objectives of the activity and web link to the full program. Delegations recommended that further information be provided, such as speaker profiles and presentation slides, and the Secretariat assured that additional information will be provided to the extent possible, with the consent of the parties involved.
In opening remarks to the Committee WIPO Director General Francis Gurry urged members to reflect on creative solutions for WIPO to have a positive impact on building respect for IP.
The Committee also discussed the Seventh Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy, which will take place in Istanbul, Turkey from April 24 to April 26, 2013 and is organized by the World Customs Organization (WCO), INTERPOL and WIPO, with the support of private sector organizations. The Global Congress seeks to achieve more systematic and effective cooperation and coordination between WIPO and other international organizations in the field of building respect for IP.
Delegations commented on the contribution of the ACE to the implementation of the WIPO Development Agenda.
The session concluded with the adoption of the future work program of the ACE; the Committee agreed to consider, at its ninth session, the following items:
• Practices and operation of alternative dispute resolution systems in IP areas.
• Preventive actions, measures or successful experiences to complement ongoing enforcement measures with a view to reducing the size of the market for pirated or counterfeited goods.
The Committee elected Ambassador Fitschen, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Germany, as Chair. In his opening remarks, the Chair recalled the mandate of the ACE as agreed by the WIPO General Assemblies in 2002, and the application of Recommendation 45 of the WIPO Development Agenda to the work of the Committee. He emphasized the significance of the ACE as an instrument to work towards WIPO Strategic Goal VI, to arrive at a shared understanding and cooperation among Member States to build respect for IP. He highlighted that the ACE serves as a forum for the Member States to exchange information and deliberate on options to collaborate and support each other, with the aim to providing a mechanism for Member States to coordinate work towards the goal to contribute to an environment that fosters respect for IP.
The Committee was attended by around 170 participants representing 67 Member States and 21 Observers. All working documents are available on the ACE webpage.