- assemblies approve nine key goals.
- focus on non-traditional marks, trademark opposition and industrial designs.
- enhanced WIPO support sought.
- climate change and MDGs top the agenda.
- enhancing access to works for the visually impaired under debate.
- ceremony follows a two-day Forum in Lisbon.
- WIPO Director General and IGC Chairman to pursue efforts to move forward international negotiations on traditional knowledge and related issues, prior to Committee's next session.
- Five new multilingual courses have been added to the distance learning program of the WIPO Worldwide Academy. They cover Arbitration and Mediation Procedure; Patents; Patent Information Search; Basics of Patent Drafting; and Trademarks.
Topped by the appointment of Mr. Francis Gurry as Director General, the WIPO Assemblies concluded a day ahead of schedule following a review of the Organization's activities and future work plan.
At the opening session on September 22, Member States paid tribute to outgoing Director General, Dr. Kamil Idris, for his 25-year long career at WIPO.
- text of Mr. Francis Gurry's acceptance speech to the WIPO Assemblies on September 22. Watch the video.
Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organization unanimously appointed Francis Gurry as the Organization's new Director General.
Non-traditional marks, such as holograms and scent marks, trademark opposition procedures, and questions relating to the registration of industrial designs topped the agenda of the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications (SCT), which met from July 21 to 25.
Increased patent filings in North East Asian countries (mainly China and the Republic of Korea) and in the US drove growth in worldwide filing of patent applications, which topped 1.76 million in 2006, representing a 4.9% increase over 2005, according to the 2008 edition of the WIPO World Patent Report.
At its second meeting from July 7-11, the CDIP took forward its discussions of a work program for implementation of the recommendations approved by the General Assembly.
Following the accession on June 16 of the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) to the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement, users will be able to file a single application for the registration of their industrial designs in all 16 OAPI countries as well as in all the other member countries of the Geneva Act.
The pilot program, to be launched in September, will assist indigenous communities to document and digitize their own cultural traditions, archive this heritage for future generations, and safeguard their interests in authorizing the use of their recordings and traditions by third parties.
Mr. Francis Gurry, a national of Australia, was nominated by the WIPO Coordination Committee on May 13 to become the next Director General of WIPO. The candidate will have to be appointed by the WIPO General Assembly at its next meeting from September 22 to 30.
WIPO Director General Kamil Idris said the Development Plan, signed on May 7, offered a comprehensive and coherent approach to establishing a robust IP framework that would support Ghana’s development objectives.
This month's issue includes: IP strategies of an SME in the textile industry; environmental technology transfer in Nigeria; green branding; pursuing the P2P pirates; a day in the life of an IP blogger; marine genetic resources and more.