Press Room Archive 2007

WIPO Director General welcomes Belarus Efforts to Promote Innovation and Creativity (UPD/2007/286)

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.

Director General Opens High Level International Conference in Cairo on Copyright and Development, Receives Award for Outstanding Contribution to the World of Publishing (UPD/2007/285)

The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Dr. Kamil Idris, delivered a keynote statement at an international conference on copyright and development,opened by Egypt's First Lady, H.E Mrs. Suzanne Mubarak, in Cairo,on Saturday, January 27, 2007, and emphasized the importance of intellectual property as a tool for economic, social and cultural development. During a separate meeting with the First Lady, Dr. Idris thanked Mrs. Mubarak for her leadership in supporting projects to highlight the importance of the copyright sector in national economic, social and cultural development processes.

Global Congress Calls for Greater Effort and Resources in Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy Worldwide (PR/2007/475)

Top government officials, business leaders, and international law enforcement officials together hailed the increased level of international cooperation in combating counterfeiting and piracy. They called for an even greater marshalling of efforts and resources to counter the escalation in this illicit trade which threatens consumer health and safety and undermines economic development. This came at a high-level international gathering of public and private sector organizations hosted by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva on January 30 and 31, 2007.

King of Thailand to Receive WIPO's First Global Leaders Award (PR/2007/474)

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.

Negotiators Narrow Focus in Talks on a Broadcasting Treaty (PR/2007/473)

A key committee of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), acting on a mandate from the WIPO General Assembly, pushed ahead with negotiations on a treaty to update the protection of broadcasting organizations on a signal-based approach. The talks took place in the first of two special sessions of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) from January 17-19, 2007.

WIPO to Host Global Anti Counterfeiting and Piracy Meeting (PR/2007/472)

Top government officials, business leaders, and consumer groups will address the far-reaching and devastating impact of counterfeiting and piracy at a meeting in Geneva on January 30 and 31, 2007 hosted by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The Third Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy (http://www.ccapcongress.net), a partnership between public and private sector organizations, is being convened by WIPO, the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) and the World Customs Organization (WCO), under the banner "Shared Challenges-Common Goals.

Bahrain Accedes to WIPO's Patent Cooperation Treaty (UPD/2007/284)

Bahrain became the 136 th contracting state of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) when it deposited its instrument of accession at WIPO on December 18, 2006. The Treaty will enter into force for Bahrain on March 18, 2007.