I. SELECTED WIPO ACTIVITIES
WORLD INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DAY
This year’s World Intellectual Property (IP) Day celebrated visionary innovators, whose inventiveness have made a major impact and sometimes even changed our lives. WIPO Director General Francis Gurry said in his World IP Day message that “A visionary artist or a composer or a writer is able to show us a different way, a new way of looking at the world.” The World IP Day was initiated by WIPO Member States in 2000 and is celebrated annually on April 26, the date on which the Convention establishing WIPO entered into force in 1970. See press release.
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 included the following:
- Indonesia: ASEAN-USPTO Workshop on the Enforcement of IP Rights Against Trade in Counterfeit Goods, Jakarta, April 18-20, 2012
- Belgium European Commission: Conference on “Enforcement of IP Rights: The Review of Directive 2004/48/EC”, Brussels, April 26, 2012
- Belgium: Sixth WCO Counterfeiting and Piracy (CAP) Group Meeting, Brussels, May 2-3, 2012
- U.S.A.: WIPO-USPTO Workshop on the Enforcement of IP Rights for Judges, Washington D.C., May 8-10, 2012
- Antigua & Barbuda, St. Kitts & Nevis: WIPO-ABIPCO Workshop on the Enforcement of IP Rights for the Judiciary and Law Enforcement Officials, May 22-23, May 25, 2012
- Saudi Arabia: WIPO National Workshop on the Enforcement of IP Rights, Riyadh, May 22-23, 2012
- Albania: WIPO-ACO Workshop on the Enforcement of IP Rights for Judges, Tirana, June 14-15, 2012
Furthermore, briefing sessions on Building Respect for IP were conducted for a delegation of judges from the Administrative Tribunal of Costa Rica and for the Chief Magistrate of Antigua and Barbuda. 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 WORLD CUSTOMS ORGANIZATION: COUNTERFEITING AND PIRACY GROUP
WIPO participated in the 6th World Customs Organization (WCO) Counterfeiting and Piracy (CAP) Group meeting that was held at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, on May 2 and 3, 2012. During the meeting, experiences and practices regarding capacity building activities and tools were discussed. In addition, a progress report on the WCO Information Repository of IP Legislation on Border Measures for counterfeiting and piracy was shared.
COOPERATION WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR: 15TH IPR BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP MEETING
WIPO participated in the IPR Business Partnership Group’s meeting that took place in Geneva on June 20, 2012.
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.
COLOMBIA: ADOPTION OF NEW LEGISLATION
On April 13, 2012, Act No 1520 which is intended to implement provisions under the U.S.-Colombia Trade Agreement was issued by the Congress. The provisions relate, inter alia, to the protection and enforcement of copyright and related rights, including an updated catalogue of penalties for IP crimes. On the same day, the Congress approved the adhesion of Colombia to the Brussels Convention Relating to the Distribution of Programme-Carrying Signals Transmitted by Satellite by Act No 1519.
EU: COMMISSION’S REFERRAL OF ACTA TO THE EUROPEAN COURT OF JUSTICE
On May 10, 2012, the Commission submitted its request for an independent opinion on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and posed the following question to the ECJ: “Is the envisaged ACTA compatible with the Treaties and in particular with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union?” The request also contains a detailed legal analysis by the Commission explaining why it believes that ACTA is in line with the Treaties and the Charter of Fundamental Rights. See press release.
EU: EUROPEAN COMMISSION LAUNCHED A PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON PROCEDURES FOR NOTIFYING AND ACTING ON ILLEGAL CONTENT HOSTED BY ONLINE INTERMEDIARIES
On June 4, 2012, the European Commission (Commission) launched a public consultation on procedures for notifying and acting on illegal content hosted by online intermediaries. The Commission particularly seeks contributions from hosting service providers, from organizations that notify illegal content as well as from civil rights organizations; in addition, all citizens and organizations are invited to contribute to the consultation.
IIPI AND USPTO: STUDY ON SPECIALIZED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY COURTS
The International Intellectual Property Institute (IIPI) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) jointly published a Study on Specialized Intellectual Property Courts.
OHIM: CONSULTATION ON THE TASKS AND ACTIVITIES OF THE EUROPEAN OBSERVATORY ON INFRINGEMENTS OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
The Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) has launched a consultation on the tasks and activities of the European Observatory on Infringements of IP rights. Under Regulation (EU) No 386/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 April 2012, OHIM is entrusted with a wide range of tasks which are related to the enforcement of IP rights. This also includes the assembling of public and private-sector representatives as a European Observatory on Infringements of IP Rights. See press release.
PERU: NEW CAMPAIGN AGAINST COPYRIGHT PIRACY
On May 25, 2012, the Peruvian IP Office, INDECOPI, informed of its efforts to seek strategic partnerships with the private sector in order to support its campaign “buy legal, buy original”. Launched in April 2012, the campaign aims at raising awareness on the importance of respecting IP and of combating piracy in all its forms.
UNCTAD: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA REPORT 2012
On June 13, 2012, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) released the Economic Development in Africa Report 2012. The Report, subtitled Structural Transformation and Sustainable Development in Africa, puts a special focus on how to accomplish economic growth while protecting the environment. It also covers suggestions with regard to designing an IP rights regime with adequate flexibilities to foster the sustainable development process.
WHO: 65TH SESSION OF THE WORLD HEALTH ASSEMBLY
During the 65th Session of the World Health Assembly (WHA), the draft resolution on a new Member State mechanism for international collaboration on substandard/spurious/falsely-labelled/falsified/counterfeit medical products was approved. See the press release on the 65th WHA.
WTO: TRIPS COUNCIL MEETING ON JUNE 5 AND 6, 2012
During the meeting of the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) that took place on June 5 and 6, 2012, World Trade Organization (WTO) Members discussed, inter alia, how and where to handle counterfeit trademarked goods. In addition, plans for a workshop on least developed countries’ needs for assistance in protecting and enforcing IP were discussed. See the press release on the TRIPS Council meeting.
U.S.A.: SPECIAL 301 REPORT ON THE STATE OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS (IPR) PROTECTION AND ENFORCEMENT IN TRADING PARTNERS AROUND THE WORLD
In April 2012, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published the Special 301 Report.