The unprecedented expansion of the Internet domain name space, until now dominated by .com and a handful of other generic top-level domains (gTLDs), is likely to disrupt existing strategies for trademark protection on the web.
The United States of America and China drove record-level patent-filing activity via WIPO in 2013 as the number of annual international patent applications surpassed the 200,000 mark for the first time. International trademark and industrial-design filings also achieved new record-breaking levels.
WIPO’s Coordination Committee Nominates Francis Gurry for Second Term as Director General (PR/2014/754)
The Coordination Committee of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) nominated by consensus Mr. Francis Gurry for a second term as Director General of WIPO.
WIPO Member States Adopt 2014/15 Program and Budget (PR/2013/753)
WIPO member states concluded today a three-day extraordinary session of the WIPO Assemblies that approved the Organization’s program and budget for the 2014/15 biennium.
Global Patent Filings See Fastest Growth in 18 Years (PR/2013/752)
A new WIPO report shows that in 2012 global patent filings increased at its strongest rate in nearly two decades as industrial-design registration notched its best-ever rate of growth. Intellectual property (IP) filings have sharply rebounded since a 2009 decline at the height of the financial crisis.
Four candidatures for the post of Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) were received by 5 p.m. (Geneva time) on December 6, 2013, the deadline fixed for the submission of names.
New Online Licensing System Makes it Easier to Republish the Work of Intergovernmental Organizations (PR/2013/750)
A new online licensing tool for intergovernmental organizations will make it easier to bring their published material to a wider audience.
WIPO GREEN: New Online Marketplace Seeks Environmentally Sustainable Solutions for Climate Change (PR/2013/749)
WIPO launched today a new online marketplace connecting a wide variety of groups seeking shared innovation and environmentally friendly technologies to address climate change.
Companies around the globe have spent nearly a half-trillion US dollars (USD) annually on branding, exceeding outlays on research and development and design while accounting in some countries for up to a quarter of firms’ overall investments in intangible assets.
Tunisia Joins the International Trademark System (PR/2013/747)
Tunisia’s Minister of Industry Mehdi Jomâa and WIPO Director General Francis Gurry today hailed the entry into force of the Madrid Protocol in Tunisia, while reviewing bilateral cooperation and discussing WIPO’s future technical assistance to Tunisia.