Press Room Archive 2007

WIPO Director General Welcomes Major Breakthrough following Agreement on Proposals for a WIPO Development Agenda (PR/2007/497)

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).

WIPO Director General Receives President of 62nd Session of UN General Assembly (PR/2007/496)

The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Dr. Kamil Idris, met on June 15, 2007 the President of the sixty-second session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, Dr. Srgjan Kerim, who previously served as foreign minister of The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Discussions focused on the importance of intellectual property (IP) as a tool for development and wealth creation.

Heads of WIPO and ASIPI Review Joint Cooperation, Agree on Future Collaboration (PR/2007/495)

The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Dr. Kamil Idris, and the President of the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI), Mr. Martín Michaus, met at WIPO’s Geneva headquarters on June 12, 2007 to review bilateral cooperation and outline a program of joint activities for ASIPI member states.

Registration Opens for WIPO’s Third Executive Program on Strategic Intellectual Property Management (PR/2007/494)

Business managers, senior executives and corporate strategists can, from June 1, 2007, register on-line at www.wipo.int/academy/en/execed to participate in another session of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) executive program on strategic intellectual property (IP) management, which will be held at WIPO headquarters, in Geneva, from September 17 to 19, 2007.

WIPO Director General Holds Talks with the President of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (PR/2007/493)

The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Dr. Kamil Idris, met with the President of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Н. Е. Mr. Branko Crvenkovski on May 2, 2007, for talks on the strategic importance of intellectual property in promoting economic development and wealth creation. The Director General also met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Antonio Milososki, the Minister of Culture, Mr. Arifhikmet Dzemaili, the Minister of Justice, Mr. Mihajlo Manevski and other top officials during his visit which focused on ways to further strengthen bilateral relations between the country and WIPO. In addition, the Director General received an honorary doctorate degree from the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in recognition of his contribution to the promotion of intellectual property as a tool for development.

China’s Intellectual Property Office Introduces Electronic Filing of International Patent Applications (UPD/2007/293)

The State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO) became on May 1, 2007, the most recent office to introduce software that enables electronic filing of international patent applications under the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), the cornerstone of the international patent system which offers a rapid, flexible and cost-effective way to obtain patent protection in up to 137 countries.

WIPO Director General Receives Honorary Degree from University of Khartoum (UPD/2007/292)

The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Dr. Kamil Idris, received on April 28, 2007 an Honorary Doctorate of Law degree from Sudan’s leading academic institution, the University of Khartoum, for his outstanding contribution to the promotion of intellectual property as a tool for development and in recognition of dedicated service to his country, Sudan. The degree was presented to the Director General by Mr. Ali Osman Mohamad Taha, Vice President of the Republic of Sudan, in the presence of a number of ministers, including the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Mr. Peter Niyot Kot, and other top Government and University officials, foreign diplomats and students.

WIPO Director General Holds Talks with the Prime Minister of Swaziland (PR/2007/492)

The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Dr. Kamil Idris, met with the Prime Minister of Swaziland, His Excellency, Mr. A.T. Dlamini, on Monday April 30, 2007 for talks on the strategic importance of intellectual property in promoting wealth creation, social development and cultural enrichment in Swaziland, as well as cooperation for development activities.

World Intellectual Property Day 2007 - Encouraging Creativity (PR/2007/489)

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.