The member states of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) appointed Francis Gurry by acclamation on May 8, 2014, to a second six-year term of office as Director General of the Organization.
Film tastes are as varied as the world’s consumers, with new centers of cinematic excellence sprouting in dozens of countries around the world. The global intellectual property system helps keep the reels turning, supporting the creation and delivery of films to eager audiences. That’s why the theme of World IP Day 2014, held on April 26, is “Movies – A Global Passion.”
An initiative bringing together pharmaceutical firms and other research groups has brokered more than 50 new partnerships in the fight against neglected tropical diseases, tuberculosis and malaria, marking an important milestone in using the intellectual property system to help combat maladies affecting more than one billion people.
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.