Opening the meeting on December 12, Director General Kamil Idris underlined the commitment to ensuring that WIPO's programs fully addressed the special needs of LDCs and supported them in making effective use of IP as a catalyst for economic growth and social welfare.
At a roundtable hosted by WIPO on November 26 – 27, leading economists reviewed evidence relating to the economics of IP, identified gaps in the literature and discussed methodological approaches that could be applied to studies in developing and transition countries.
Report of the Standing Committee on the Law of Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications (SCT)
New types of marks (such as holograms and scent marks), trademark opposition procedures and questions relating to the registration of industrial designs topped the agenda at the November 12 to 16 meeting of the SCT.
The WIPO expert report, "Patent issues related to influenza viruses and their genes," was commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO) to provide technical background for an Intergovernmental Meeting on Pandemic Influenza Preparedness from November 20 – 23.
The WIPO Coordination Committee will meet in extraordinary session on May 13 and 14, to nominate a person for appointment by the General Assembly as WIPO Director General. The nominations received from WIPO Member States in response to the Circular C.N. 2833 are now available.
The Committee, from November 1 to 2, considered the scope and definition of IP crimes, investigation and initiation of criminal proceedings, jurisdiction, evidentiary issues, sentencing options and other issues.
The most recent contribution, announced on October 24, makes Italy one of the largest contributors of extra budgetary resources to WIPO.
Ministers joined economists, creators, legal experts and entrepreneurs at a WIPO international conference to explore the role of IP in the economic growth of the creative industries.
The WIPO Assemblies met from September 24 to October 3 to review activities over the past year and discuss WIPO's future work program. A summary of highlights is available. The full report will be published on the WIPO website once Member States have approved the draft report.
- IP guidelines for documenting, recording and digitizing intangible cultural heritage. New resources on the website include a video presentation on ethnomusicological recordings, plus a survey on experiences in the South Pacific.
IGC Chair expresses hopes for concrete outcomes in the coming biennium.
“This milestone decision is an important step towards ensuring that the international IP system continues to serve the public good by encouraging and rewarding innovation and creativity in a balanced and effective manner,” said Director General Kamil Idris.
The pilot project in seven countries has created two networks of health research institutions with shared “hubs” providing IP services to leverage research results.
"The EC accession is a major step towards broadening the geographical scope of the international design registration system," said WIPO Director General, Kamil Idris.
The meeting of WIPO Assemblies from September 24 to October 3 will take stock of progress in the Organization’s work and discuss future policy directions.
Now on the website, IP Panorama uses story lines to explain different aspects of IP for business users.
WIPO’s Japan Office has published results of a major study of the economic impact of IP systems in six Asian countries.
An agreement signed by WIPO's Director General and Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Massimo D'Alema, strengthens Italy’s commitment to consolidate and reinforce its contribution to WIPO's activities.
A new page on the WIPO website offers a gateway to WIPO's activities, services and information resources in the field of geographical indications.
The "WIPO Guide on Managing Intellectual Property for Museums" aims to assist the cultural heritage community in using the IP system to improve the management of their collections in the digital environment.