I. SELECTED WIPO ACTIVITIES
THIRD SESSION OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON ENFORCEMENT (ACE), GENEVA, MAY 15-17, 2006
Some 140 representatives from 57 member states, six intergovernmental and 18 non-governmental organizations attended the third session of the ACE, which was chaired by Mr. Henry Olsson, Special Government Advisor, Ministry of Justice, Sweden.
As agreed, the Committee's work in this session focused on the issue of education and awareness building, including training, in all areas of intellectual property enforcement. The Committee heard a series of presentations from 14 government experts as well as two experts representing music and trademark industry associations. These presentations by representatives of Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Brazil, China, Lebanon, Malaysia, Nigeria, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka and Switzerland showed the extent of the problems caused by counterfeiting and piracy in different countries and the national efforts in developing strategies to curb such activities and find effective solutions. Issues of health and safety, strategic enforcement approaches, training and public outreach programs, national guidelines, foreign investment and institutional structures in the fight against counterfeiting and piracy were considered and discussed.
The meeting ended with a number of proposals for the future work of the ACE and the Committee decided that the fourth session of the ACE should consider an exchange of views on coordination and cooperation in enforcement matters at the international, regional and national levels. The results of the meeting were summarized by the Chairman in his Conclusions by the Chair.
All documents related to the third session of the ACE can be found on the WIPO enforcement website.
See also the press release .
In the second quarter of 2006, WIPO, in response to requests by Member States, organized, and participated in, several workshops and other events focusing on intellectual property enforcement:
- Séminaire-atelier national de formation des magistrats sur la lutte contre la piraterie des uvres littéraires et artistiques organized by WIPO in cooperation with the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), the Agence intergouvernementale de la francophonie (AIF) and the Society of Authors, Composers and Music Publishers (SACEM); Ouagadougou, April 12 to 14.
- WIPO National Workshop on the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) for Police and Customs Officials, organized by WIPO in cooperation with the Caribbean Open Trade Support Program and the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica; Roseau, July 27.
- WIPOOECS Colloquium for the Judiciary on the Protection of IPRs, organized by WIPO in cooperation with the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) through the Judicial Education Institute of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court; Roseau, July 28 and 29.
- WIPO Asia and the Pacific Sub-Regional Colloquium for the Judiciary on the Protection of IPRs, organized by WIPO in cooperation with the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, in association with the Indian Law Institute (ILI) and with the assistance of the Japan Patent Office (JPO); New Delhi, June 29 and 30.
- WIPO National Symposium for the Jordanian Judiciary, organized by WIPO in cooperation with the Jordanian Supreme Judicial Council, the Department of the National Library and the King Abdullah II Center for Intellectual Property; Amman, June 19 to 21.
- WIPO National Seminar on the Role of the Intellectual Property Courts in Enforcement of IPRs, organized by WIPO in cooperation with the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO), Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs; Island of Langkawi, July 18 and 19.
Republic of Korea:
- WIPO also participated in an International Conference on Customs Protection and Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights, organized by the Korean Customs Service; Seoul, April 19 and 20.
A regular update on WIPO's training and awareness-raising activities in the area of intellectual property enforcement is made available on the WIPO enforcement website.
INTERNATIONAL TRADEMARK ASSOCIATION (INTA) 128TH ANNUAL MEETING - ENFORCEMENT PANEL
In the context of public-private partnership building in the field of IP enforcement, WIPO attended the International Trademark Association (INTA) 128th Annual Meeting in Toronto from May 6 to 10, 2006, and was represented in a panel to discuss issues relating to "Asian Trademark Challenges - Registrations, Parallel Imports and Enforcement."
6th INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION (IPA) COPYRIGHT SYMPOSIUM - ENFORCEMENT PANEL
WIPO participated in the IPA's Copyright Symposium held in Montreal from April 23 to 25, 2006, and chaired a panel therein on piracy and enforcement awareness.
More information on the Conference is available online.
COOPERATION WITH INTERPOL: IP CRIME ACTION GROUP
In addition, WIPO participated, on May 5 and 6, 2006, in the 10 th Meeting of the Interpol Intellectual Property Crime Action Group in Toronto and reported on the activities of the Global Congress Steering Group.
FOURTH REGIONAL CONGRESS ON COMBATING COUNTERFEITING AND PIRACY IN ROMANIA
More than 350 participants from 46 countries attended the Fourth Regional Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy to discuss progress and anti-counterfeit actions in Romania and the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region and promote more effective enforcement cooperation among stakeholders in the region. The Congress, held in Bucharest on July 11 and 12, 2006, was hosted by the Government of Romania with the support of WIPO, Interpol and the World Customs Organization (WCO), and in cooperation with a number of business organizations members of the Global Congress Steering Group. The program featured a series of panels, each analyzing and debating the effectiveness of current efforts to address counterfeiting and piracy. The Congress ended with participants adopting an Outcome Statement setting out conclusions from the Congress and formulates recommendations for future regional and global actions, in particular the preparation for the Third Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy to be hosted by WIPO in Geneva on January 30 and 31, 2007.
CHINA: SHANGHAI INITIATIVE
At the China Forum on Criminal IPR Protection held in Shanghai at the beginning of April, a Shanghai Initiative was passed by IPR protection organizations of China, the European Union, the United States, and many other countries, calling for intensified efforts in fighting infringements of intellectual property rights.
COUNCIL OF EUROPE: FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR ESTABLISHING A EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON COUNTERFEIT MEDICINES AND MEDICAL DEVICES
The 55 th Plenary Session of the European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC) of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on April 3-7, 2006, saw a proposal for a feasibility study of the drafting of a Convention on counterfeit medicines/pharmaceutical crime.
See item 7.4 of the agenda [ PDF]
Working document " Counterfeiting: problems and solutions" [ PDF]
INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (ICC): IP ROADMAP 2006
The seventh annual edition of the ICC IP Roadmap, setting out current and emerging IP issues for business, is out. The issue of IP enforcement is depicted as one of the major focal points for businesses in 2006.
G-8 PLEDGES TO COMBAT IPR PIRACY
Following last year's Gleneagles Declaration, the Group of Eight (G8) leaders at the Summit in Saint Petersburg, Russia, adopted, on July 16, 2006, a commitment to strengthen individual and collective efforts to combat piracy and counterfeiting, especially trade in pirated and counterfeit goods and enhance cooperation among G-8 countries and others as well as competent international organizations, in particular WIPO, the WTO, Interpol, the OECD and the Council of Europe.
See press release
UK NATIONAL IP ENFORCEMENT REPORT 2005 LAUNCHED IN JUNE
See press release
Direct link of the report: http://www.patent.gov.uk/enforcereport2005.pdf and http://www.patent.gov.uk/about/enforcement/annreportannex05.pdf.
EU-US SUMMIT: COLLABORATION AGAINST COUNTERFEITING AND PIRACY
The EU-US Summit took place in Vienna, Austria, on June 20, 2006. The final declaration [ PDF] is available online.
The two parties decided, in particular, to endorse an Action Strategy for the enforcement of IPRs [ PDF] against piracy and counterfeiting.
WIPO is mentioned under "I. Improving Enforcement, c) Multilaterally, item 6."
See also the press release.
The Euroactiv website has a story, with further references.