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Registration Opens for WIPO's Second Executive Program on Strategic Intellectual Property Management


Business managers and senior executives and corporate strategists can, from today, register on-line at http://www.wipo.int/academy/en/execed/sipm/goa_mar_07/index.html to participate in WIPO's second executive program on strategic intellectual property (IP) management, which will be held in Goa, India, from March 11 to 13, 2007. The course is organized by the Worldwide Academy of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in cooperation with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), India's premier business association.

WIPO Director General Pledges Support for Initiatives to Enhance Intellectual Property in Morocco


The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Dr. Kamil Idris, pledged the Organization's continued support in enhancing the intellectual property (IP) system in Morocco during talks with Moroccan Minister of Justice, H.E.Mr. Mohammed Bouzoubaa, on Monday, May 8, 2006. In a meeting in Geneva, the Director General and the Minister of Justice discussed the strategic importance and relevance of intellectual property for development and explored ways to further strengthen cooperation between WIPO and Morocco.

WIPO Director General Underlines Strategic Importance of Intellectual Property for Lusophone Countries


The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Dr. Kamil Idris, underlined the strategic importance of intellectual property (IP) to Lusophone countries and pledged the Organization's continued support of the Portuguese language as a vehicle for the dissemination of scientific and technical information within the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) during a visit to Lisbon on April 28, 2006. During his visit, the Director General addressed the Ministerial Conference on Industrial Property for Portuguese-Speaking Countries organized by the Government of Portugal with the support of WIPO to mark the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the CPLP. The Ministerial Conference was organized with a view to developing and articulating strategies for the use of the IP system in Lusophone countries and to reinforce the use of Portuguese as a technological and economic support language within the knowledge and information society.

Project to Use Intellectual Property to Support Health Research Institutions in Developing Countries Gathers Pace


A project, coordinated by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) with the generous financial support of the Geneva International Academic Network (RUIG-GIAN), aimed at supporting developing country health research institutions in protecting their research results has reached its half-way point. The aim of the project, which was launched in September 2004, is to create networks of research institutions and develop local expertise to protect and commercialize research results through the use of patents and other types of intellectual property (IP).

WIPO Hosts Exhibition on Italian Design


A unique exhibition spanning 50 years of Italian design featuring items from the prestigious Compasso d'Oro ADI collection will open at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on September 26, 2005, coinciding with the opening day of the annual session of the WIPO Assemblies.

Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Intellectual Property Post-Graduate Specialization Course on Intellectual Property Kicks off in Turin


Thirty-seven students from around the world are participating in a joint post-graduate program on intellectual property offered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Worldwide Academy and the University of Turin. The residential part of the 5th edition of the Master of Laws (LLM) in Intellectual Property and Post-Graduate Specialization Course on Intellectual Property opened on September 5, 2005 at the International Training Center(ITC) of the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Turin, Italy.

Italy and WIPO to Host Conference on Fashion and Intellectual Property


The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Italy's Ministry of Productive Activities and the Italian Institute for Industrial Promotion will host an international conference in Caserta from November 30 to December 2, 2005 on the importance of intellectual property to the textile and clothing industry - a sector which is heavily reliant on the development of innovative designs and original creative expressions for its success.

Meeting Concludes with Seoul Ministerial Declaration on Intellectual Property for Ldcs


Ministers from least developed countries (LDCs), meeting under the auspices of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Seoul from October 25-27, 2004, agreed on the importance of intellectual property as a tool for development and pledged their commitment to intellectual property (IP) institution-building to serve their development objectives. The Ministerial Conference was organized with the generous support of the Government of the Republic of Korea.

WIPO and IASP Hold Joint Seminar for Science Parks and Business Incubators


The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the International Association of Science Parks (IASP) held this week a three-day training program on intellectual property (IP) for managers and staff of science parks and business incubators, which are specifically designed to help firms in the early stages of business.

WIPO Member States Take Steps to Ease Use of Intellectual Property Information


Companies, inventors, academics and users of the intellectual property system will benefit from a decision last week by member states of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to revise certain standards associated with the recording, storage, exchange and retrieval of patent, trademark and industrial design information.

New Contracting Parties to WIPO-Administered Treaties In 2003


Increasing global recognition of the importance of intellectual property rights as a tool for economic development and wealth creation was reflected in the number of countries that signed up to treaties administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2003.

WIPO Pledges Support for Development Of Africa


The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Dr. Kamil Idris, has reaffirmed the Organization's full support for the African Union (AU) to promote the economic, technological and social development of the continent. This came in a meeting between Dr. Idris and the Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Professor Alpha Oumar Konaré, at WIPO's Geneva headquarters on December 10, 2003.

WIPO Director General Meets with President of Belarus


The strategic importance of intellectual property as a tool for economic, social and cultural development was the focus of discussions between the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Dr. Kamil Idris, and the President of Belarus, H.E. Mr. Alexander Lukashenko, at a meeting at WIPO's Geneva headquarters on December 11, 2003.

WIPO Director General Meets President of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia


Possibilities for further collaboration between the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to strengthen the intellectual property system in that country were at the heart of talks on December 11, 2003 between Director General of WIPO, Dr. Kamil Idris, and the President of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, H.E. Mr. Boris Trajkovski.

WIPO Director General Meets with President Of Croatia


The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Dr. Kamil Idris, and H.E. Mr. Stjepan Mesic, President of Croatia, discussed at a meeting at WIPO's Geneva headquarters on December 11, 2003, possibilities for strengthening collaboration between WIPO and Croatia to further exploit the strategic potential of intellectual property as a tool for economic, social and cultural development. Dr. Idris pledged the Organization's continued support to Croatia in terms of providing legal and technical assistance to further strengthen Croatia's intellectual property system.

Caribbean Governments Commit to using Intellectual Property as a Tool for Economic Development


Governments of several Caribbean countries have committed to use intellectual property as a tool to promote sustainable economic development and social welfare in the region with the signature of a landmark multilateral agreement with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) last week. At the WIPO Ministeral Level Meeting on Intellectual Property for Caribbean Countries organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs of Antigua and Barbuda at St. John’s on November 27 and 28, ministers signed a comprehensive cooperation agreement to promote the use of intellectual property (IP) as a tool for economic growth and social benefit.

Economists Explore Link Between Intellectual Property and Development


A number of leading economists have agreed on the potential of intellectual property (IP) as a powerful tool for economic development, particularly in today’s knowledge-based economy. The economists, meeting on November 18, 2003 with officials of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) responsible for advising member states on the integration of IP into economic policies, noted that IP rights could affect economic growth through a multitude of simultaneous mechanisms.

Heads of WIPO and ASIPI Agree on Importance of Intellectual Property for Business


The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Dr. Kamil Idris, and the President of the Inter-American Association of Industrial Property (ASIPI), Mr. Alberto Berton Moreno, agreed on Thursday on the importance of intellectual property as a tool for economic, social and cultural development. The talks between Dr. Idris and the ASIPI delegation, in Geneva, covered issues of mutual concern including possible collaboration between the two organizations to promote use and further development of intellectual property in the Americas, the WIPO Patent Agenda, and the Madrid Protocol for the international registration of trademarks.

WIPO-WASME Co-Host Meeting on Strategic Business of IP


The use of intellectual property as a tool for business development was the focus of a four-day workshop hosted by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Association for Small and Medium Enterprises (WASME), in Geneva from October 6 to 9, 2003. The workshop provided a platform for participants to exchange ideas and information on their respective country experiences, policies and practices in using intellectual property as a strategic business tool to enhance the competitiveness of enterprises.

WIPO Pledges Support to Republic of Belarus


The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Dr. Kamil Idris, has pledged the Organization's continuing support to the government of Belarus in further reinforcing its intellectual property system. In talks with top government officials in Minsk on June 10 and 11, 2003, including President Alexander Lukashenko, Dr. Idris welcomed Belarus' efforts to modernize its legislative intellectual property framework and other initiatives to ensure that the vast human capital of the nation is best exploited for economic growth and development.

Bulgaria to host International Conference on new horizons for Intellectual Property


The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in cooperation with the National Intellectual Property Association of Bulgaria, is organizing an international conference, under the patronage of the President of Bulgaria on intellectual property, the Internet, electronic commerce and traditional knowledge, in Sofia from May 29 to 31, 2001.

WIPO Director General Opens


The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Dr. Kamil Idris, opened on Tuesday the International Conference on Electronic Commerce and Intellectual Property, which will take place from September 14 to 16, 1999, before an audience of some 700 participants from industry, government, interest groups and the media.

WTO and WIPO Join Forces to Help Developing Countries Meet Year-2000 Commitments on Intellectual Property


The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) have agreed on a joint initiative to provide technical cooperation for developing countries. The purpose is to help developing countries which are members of the WTO meet the January 1, 2000 deadline-less than a year and a half away-for conforming with the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). This process involves bringing their laws on copyright, patents, trademarks and other areas of intellectual property into line with the agreement, and providing for effective enforcement of these laws in order to deal with piracy, counterfeit goods and other forms of intellectual property infringements.

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