World Intellectual Property Organization

News Archive 2007

High Level Forum Held on IP for Least Developed Countries

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.

International Roundtable on the Economics of IP

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.

WIPO Report on Patent Issues Related to Avian Flu

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.

Coordination Committee - Nominations for Director General

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.

IP in the Creative Industries

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.

WIPO Assemblies Conclude

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.

Creative Heritage Project

- 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.

Member States Adopt a Development Agenda for WIPO

“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.

WIPO Assemblies Meet

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.

Funds-in-Trust Program Established with Italy

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.

Geographical Indications Gateway

A new page on the WIPO website offers a gateway to WIPO's activities, services and information resources in the field of geographical indications.

New WIPO Guide for Museums Available Online

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.

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