I. SELECTED WIPO ACTIVITIES
EXHIBITION: THE PATENTS AND TRADEMARKS OF STEVE JOBS: ART AND TECHNOLOGY THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
On March 30, 2012, the exhibition “The Patents and Trademarks of Steve Jobs: Art and Technology that Changed the World” opened to the public. The exhibition is co-organized with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and is showing more than 300 of the patents bearing Steve Jobs’ name and several of Apple’s trademarks. The exhibition can be visited daily from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm until April 26, 2012 (World Intellectual Property Day). For more information, visit the exhibition on the WIPO press room website.
INTERNATIONAL PATENT AND TRADEMARK FILINGS SET NEW RECORD IN 2011
Despite the difficult economic situation international patent filings under the WIPO-administered Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and international trademark applications under WIPO’s Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks (Madrid System) set a new record in 2011. With 181,900 international patent applications, the PCT showed a growth rate of 10.7% compared to 2010. Receiving 42,270 applications, the Madrid System grew by 6.5%. Additional information can be retrieved here:
WIPO Activities in the Field of IP Enforcement
In response to requests from Member States and partner organizations, WIPO continued over the past months to organize, and/or participate in a series of national and regional workshops, training courses, conferences and consultations in the area of Building Respect for IP. Those events include the following:
- Netherlands: Eighth Green Customs Partner’s Meeting , The Hague, January 10, 2012;
- China: Meeting of the International IP Crime Investigators College (IIPCIC) Advisory Group, Hong Kong, March 22, 2012;
- Netherlands: IPR Business Group Meeting and REACT General Assembly, Amsterdam, March 22, 2012;
- San Salvador: IPR Business Group Meeting and REACT General Assembly, Amsterdam, March 22, 2012;
- Burkina Faso: WIPO Sub-Regional Workshop on the Economic and Social Impact of Intellectual Property (IP) Infringements in the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) for Judiciary, Public Administration and the Private Sector, Ouagadougou, March 27-29, 2012
- Ukraine: Cross-Regional Seminar on Current Methods for Combating Cybercrime, Odessa, March 28-30, 2012.
Furthermore, briefing sessions on building respect for IP were conducted for delegations from Pakistan and the United Kingdom. A regular update on WIPO’s training and awareness-raising activities is available on the WIPO Building Respect for IP website. In addition, a detailed report on the conducted activities will be submitted to the eighth session of the Advisory Committee on Enforcement (ACE).
II. COOPERATION WITH INTERGOVERNMENTAL AND NON–GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS
COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAM (UNEP): GREEN CUSTOMS PARTNERS’ MEETING
WIPO participated in the Eighth Meeting of the Partners to the Green Customs Initiative (GCI) that took place in The Hague, January 10 to 11, 2012. WIPO made a presentation on the main activities of the Building Respect for IP Division with a focus on issues of common interest to the Green Customs Partners. The participation was an opportunity for WIPO to learn more about the Green Customs Initiative and also explore closer collaboration with UNEP. For additional information on the Initiative, please consult: http://www.greencustoms.org/
COOPERATION WITH INTERPOL: MEETING OF THE INTERNATIONAL IP CRIME INVESTIGATORS COLLEGE (IIPCIC)
The IIPCIC meeting was attended by high-level IGOs and government, as well as industry representatives, to provide strategic support to the IIPCIC Management Board. The aim of the IIPCIC’s training modules is to ensure that IP investigators have a common understanding of IP, which would facilitate their work. In order to integrate development oriented concerns in the work streams of partner organizations, the opportunity was used to draw attention to Strategic Goal VI concerns and balances. It was agreed that such concerns could be addressed during training events. More information on IIPCIC can be obtained here: http://www.iipcic.org/.
COOPERATION WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR: IPR BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP MEETING AND REACT GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Continuing its cooperation with the IPR Business Partnership Group WIPO participated in the Group’s annual meeting in Amsterdam on March 22, 2012, when the Group was briefed on WIPO’s planned activities as well as a research project in certain countries in Asia related to IP enforcement in the framework of building respect for IP.
EU: PROPOSAL TO REFER THE ANTI-COUNTERFEITING TRADE AGREEMENT (ACTA) TO THE EU COURT OF JUSTICE
On February 22, 2012, Commissioner Karel De Gucht reported that the European Commission plans to request the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to assess the compatibility of ACTA with the European Union’s (EU) fundamental rights and freedoms, such as the freedom of expression and information, data protection, and the right to property in case of intellectual property. The press release is available here: http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/press/index.cfm?id=778 . An update on ACTA’s referral to the ECJ can be obtained here: http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/press/index.cfm?id=795.
The European Parliament’s (EP) International Trade Committee rejected a proposal to refer ACTA to the EU Court of Justice. The previously agreed timetable will thus prevail: The International Trade Committee’s final vote is scheduled for May 29-30, 2012 while the EP is expected to vote at its plenary session in June 2012. The press release is available here: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/pdfs/news/expert/infopress/20120327IPR41978/20120327IPR41978_en.pdf.
EUROPEAN Observatory on Counterfeiting and Piracy Meeting on December 8, 9, 2011
The Third Member States Meeting of the European Observatory on Counterfeiting and Piracy (Observatory) took place in Warsaw on December 8 and 9, 2011. The meeting reviewed the ongoing work of the Observatory and discussed how key pillars of work should be taken forward. In addition, proposals on how to build on work carried out in 2011 were presented. The meeting also reviewed the progress on the elaboration of a study to assess the scope, scale and impact of counterfeiting and piracy in the internal market, and the work on a strategy to improve consumer awareness across the EU and beyond. The meeting’s presentations and minutes can be downloaded here: http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/iprenforcement/observatory/index_en.htm#news.
The proposal to entrust the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) with the Observatory was backed in a meeting of the Council of the European Union on March 22, 2012: http://oami.europa.eu/ows/rw/pages/OHIM/OHIMPublications/newsletter/1203/MORENEWS/morenews2.en.do.
WHO: WORKING GROUP ON “SUBSTANDARD/SPURIOUS/FALSELY LABELLED/ FALSIFIED/COUNTERFEIT” MEDICAL PRODUCTS
On January 21, 2012, the 130th WHO Executive Board (EB) adopted a resolution for agenda item 6.13 “substandard/spurious/falsely-labelled/falsified/counterfeit medical products”. The resolution will be submitted for approval to the 65th World Health Assembly which is scheduled to meet May 21 to 26, 2012 in Geneva. The wording of the resolution is available here: http://apps.who.int/gb/ebwha/pdf_files/EB130/B130_R13-en.pdf.
CHILE: CONSULTATION ON DRAFT INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY LAW
The Ministry of Economy organized a public consultation to receive civil society’s comments on the draft Industrial Property Law from March 9 to 29, 2012. The draft legislation aims to strengthen the protection and enforcement of industrial property rights. For further information (in Spanish), please consult: http://www.economia.gob.cl/.
ECUADOR: LAUNCHING OF NEW AWARENESS RAISING CAMPAIGN
The Ecuadorian Institute of Intellectual Property (IEPI) launched a new awareness raising campaign called “Ecuador creates.” The campaign’s objective is to raise awareness on the importance of respecting copyright and related rights by drawing attention to the creative process behind each copyright protected work; and to promote a dialogue between copyright owners and consumers. More information (in Spanish) is available at:
MEXICO: ADOPTION OF NEW PROVISIONS ON IP
New provisions on industrial property rights and copyright entered into force on January 27, 2012. The provisions provide administrative authorities with additional authority in the field of IP enforcement. Inter alia, the process of obtaining evidence is facilitated and higher penalties for IP infringements are introduced. More information on the legal reform (in Spanish) is available at:
USA: ANNUAL REPORT ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ENFORCEMENT
The 2011 Annual Report on Intellectual Property Enforcement has been published on the website of the US Intellectual Property Enforcement’s Coordinator.