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African Ministers Emphasize Importance of Science, Technology and Innovation for Development


A meeting bringing together over twenty African ministers, the President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council, the heads of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and WIPO, together with senior representatives of the private sector and civil society organizations has underlined the importance of science, technology and innovation to supporting development in Africa.

Ministers share national experiences on innovation, growth and development


Some 70 ministers from across the globe participating in the high-level segment of the WIPO Assemblies, which opened today, shared their national experiences in relation to the role of intellectual property (IP) in promoting innovation, growth and development, and reaffirmed their commitment to IP in supporting these objectives.

International Forum Opens with Emphasis on Need for Balance in IP Systems


The need for a balance in the intellectual property (IP) system between effective incentives for innovation and the diffusion of the benefits of innovation, as well as the interface between IP and public policy objectives, such as the environment and public health was emphasized by India’s Minister for Commerce and Industry Anand Sharma at the opening of the 5th International Forum on Creativity and Inventions - A Better Future for Humanity in the 21st Century, on November 11, 2009 in New Delhi. WIPO Director General Francis Gurry also underlined the need for balance and outlined the challenges and opportunities facing the IP community in a rapidly evolving economic and technological environment.

WIPO & Donor Community to Explore Ways to Enhance use of IP for Development


The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is hosting an international conference in Geneva on November 5 and 6, 2009 to help improve understanding among the donor community of the key developmental role of IP, to encourage their support for intellectual property-related development projects and improve access by developing countries, particularly least developed countries (LDCs) and countries in Africa, to donor funding for such projects.

WIPO to host Public Forum on Development Agenda Projects


WIPO will host an open forum on October 13 and 14, 2009 at its Geneva headquarters to present projects relating to the development agenda to be discussed at the next session of the Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP) from November 16 to 20, 2009.

WIPO Launches Japanese-funded Program for Africa and LDCs


A gathering of senior policy makers and intellectual property (IP) administrators from 36 African countries meeting in Pretoria, South Africa on May 26 and 27, 2009, to examine the importance of IP as a catalyst for economic and commercial development, marked the launch of a Japanese-financed program to promote the use of IP in Africa and Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

WIPO to Host Symposium on Public Sector IP Management in the Life Sciences


As part of a series of information sessions on life sciences and intellectual property (IP) policy, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is hosting a symposium on December 15, 2008 at its Geneva headquarters to explore national and institutional options for public sector management of IP in the life sciences.

EC & WIPO Launch Project for Modernization of the Intellectual Property System in Bangladesh


The European Commission (EC) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) launched on November 2, 2008, a project which aims to modernize the intellectual property (IP) system in Bangladesh and to help the country maximize the benefits of IP protection. The project is designed, through various capacity-building measures, to promote effective management of the intellectual property (IP) system, and its strategic use in supporting wealth creation and social and cultural development. It will address the challenges faced by Bangladesh in meeting its international obligations and will support the evolution of the national IP system in line with the country’s development objectives.

Implementation of WIPO Development Agenda Moves Forward


The Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP), established by the General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in October 2007, held its second meeting from July 7-11, 2008 and moved forward in discussing the implementation of the WIPO Development Agenda (summary by the Chair). The meeting, which was attended by 101 member states, 8 inter-governmental organizations and 37 non-governmental organizations, held detailed discussions on further developing a work program for implementation of the recommendations approved by the General Assembly.

Director General-Elect Addresses Importance of WIPO Development Agenda


Mr. Francis Gurry, who has been nominated by the Coordination Committee of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to become the next Director General of WIPO, emphasized, at the opening of the WIPO Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP), on July 7, 2008, his commitment to the effective implementation of the WIPO Development Agenda, pledging to personally supervise this important initiative in the future.

WIPO to Host an Inter-Regional Forum to Explore Strategies to Enhance the Development and Service-Orientation of Intellectual Property Offices


The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is hosting an Inter-regional Forum in Geneva on July 1 and 2, 2008, to explore possible strategies for intellectual property (IP) administrations in developing countries, least-developed countries (LDCs) and certain countries in Europe and Asia, to respond to the diverse and expanding needs and expectations of the IP user community. The Forum will focus on practical measures that may be taken to improve and expand the range of value-added services available to all stakeholders, including the public, to forge relations with the IP user community and to ensure that IP administrations are better able to support national development objectives. The Forum will take place at WIPO’s headquarters and will bring together heads of IP offices and other senior officials of countries from all regions and is open to all interested member states of WIPO.

New Body on Development and IP Wraps up Inaugural Meeting


The Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP), established by the General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in October 2007, held its first meeting from March 3 to 7, 2008 and moved forward in discussing the implementation of the WIPO Development Agenda (summary by the Chair below). The meeting, which was attended by 100 member states, 7 inter-governmental organizations and 30 non-governmental organizations, adopted the rules of procedure of the CDIP and held detailed discussions on developing a work program for implementation of the recommendations approved by the General Assembly.

Importance of IP for Development in LDCs Emphasized at High Level Forum


Ministers and top officials from least developed countries (LDCs) highlighted the importance of intellectual property (IP) as a strategic tool for alleviating poverty and promoting wealth creation in least developed countries (LDCs) at a high-level forum organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on December 12, 2007 at its Geneva headquarters. The Forum was attended by several ministers from LDCs, ambassadors and permanent representatives, and senior government officials and provided an opportunity to exchange views and gain insights into IP capacity-building measures to promote effective use and management of the IP system. It further enabled participants to explore practical solutions to questions about how the IP system can be developed to ensure that it serves the interests of LDCs in meeting their developmental objectives.

WIPO to Host High-Level Forum for LDCs


Enhancing capacity in the field of intellectual property (IP) as a strategic policy approach to utilizing the IP system for alleviating poverty and promoting wealth creation in least developed countries (LDCs) will be the focus of a high-level forum organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on December 12, 2007. The forum will provide an opportunity for ministers, senior policy-makers and Geneva-based diplomats from LDCs to exchange views and gain insights regarding IP capacity building measures for the use and management of the IP system. It will further provide an opportunity to explore practical solutions to questions about how the IP system can be developed to serve as a policy tool for economic growth in LDCs.

WIPO Hosts International Roundtable on the Economics of IP


The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) hosted on November 26 and 27, 2007 a discussion grouping 15 leading economists from around the world on the economics of intellectual property (IP). The aim of the International Roundtable on the Economics of Intellectual Property was to review the available economic literature in this field and identify empirical research projects that could be undertaken in developing countries and countries in transition.

WIPO Director General Welcomes Major Breakthrough following Agreement on Proposals for a WIPO Development Agenda


The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Dr. Kamil Idris, has welcomed a major breakthrough by member states in their discussions on a development agenda for WIPO saying it marked a milestone in the history of the Organization. Dr. Idris also congratulated negotiators for their foresight and commitment to bringing a crucial part of this process to a positive conclusion. Negotiators from 93 member states and 40 observers, meeting from June 11 to 15, 2007 in the context of a forum that is looking at proposals to enhance the development dimension in WIPO’s work, agreed on a final list of proposals to be recommended for action to the WIPO General Assembly in September 2007, including the establishment of a new Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP).

World Intellectual Property Day 2007 - Encouraging Creativity


This year’s World Intellectual Property Day on April 26, 2007 highlights the intrinsic link between creativity and intellectual property (IP). The incentives built into the IP system encourage inventors and artists to mine their talents and thereby drive technological advances and enrich our collective cultural heritage.

WIPO and Egyptian Institute for Diplomatic Studies Sign MOU


Dr. Kamil Idris, the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and Dr. Walid Abdelnasser, the Director of the Institute for Diplomatic Studies, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Egypt, agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation in a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed in Geneva on March 28, 2007.

WIPO Director General Receives High Level International Publishers Delegation


The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Dr. Kamil Idris, met on March 21, 2007 with a high level delegation of the International Publishers Association, an organization that promotes the interests of book and journal publishers world-wide, and agreed on strengthening cooperation between WIPO and the IPA at both the global and regional levels.

WIPO Director General Meets ASEAN Secretary General


The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Dr. Kamil Idris, met on March 20, 2007 with the Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Mr. Ong Keng Yong, to review cooperation activities and discuss the best ways through which ASEAN member countries can capitalize on the intellectual property system to promote development and economic growth.

Member States Make Significant Headway in Work on a WIPO Development Agenda


The Director General of WIPO, Dr. Kamil Idris, has welcomed a major breakthrough achieved by member states in their discussions on a development agenda for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Negotiators from 105 countries meeting from February 19-23, 2007 in the context of a forum that is looking at proposals to enhance the development dimension in WIPO's work, agreed on a first set of recommendations, which will be a part of the final list of agreed proposals to be recommended for action to the WIPO General Assembly in September 2007, after the June 2007 session of the PCDA (please see attachment). The first set of recommendations pertain to WIPO's work in the areas of technical assistance and capacity building; norm­setting, flexibilities, public policy and public domain; technology transfer, information and communication technologies (ICT) and access to knowledge; assessment, evaluation and impact studies; institutional matters including mandate and governance and certain other issues.

WIPO Director General welcomes Belarus Efforts to Promote Innovation and Creativity


The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Dr. Kamil Idris, has welcomed efforts by the Government of Belarus to promote innovation and creativity in the country through strategic use of the intellectual property system. This came during an official visit by Dr. Idris to Minsk on January 31-February 1, 2007 where the Director General met with the President, Mr. Alexander Lukashenko, the Prime Minister, Mr. Sergei Sidorsky and other top Government officials.

King of Thailand to Receive WIPO's First Global Leaders Award


The King of Thailand, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, will be the recipient of the World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) Global Leaders Award, in recognition of his remarkable contribution to intellectual property both as an inventor and as an active proponent of intellectual property as a tool for development. The WIPO Global Leaders Award is the Organization's most prestigious recognition of outstanding contributions by world leaders to the cause of intellectual property to promote development.

Guatemala Accedes to WIPO's Patent Cooperation Treaty


Guatemala became the 133rd contracting state of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) when it deposited its instrument of accession at WIPO on July 14, 2006. The Treaty will enter into force for Guatemala on October 14, 2006.

WIPO General Assembly to Decide Future Work on a Development Agenda for WIPO


Member states of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), at a meeting of the Provisional Committee on Proposals related to a WIPO Development Agenda (PCDA), decided to refer a decision on the future work of a development agenda for WIPO to the WIPO General Assembly, which will meet in September 2006. The Committee met from June 26-30, 2006, and was chaired by H.E. Ambassador Rigoberto Gauto Vielman of Paraguay. The Committee was attended by 90 member states and 45 observers.

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