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The WIPO Magazine explores intellectual property (IP), creativity and innovation at work across the world. The print edition is published quarterly. Additional online features are published periodically.

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The quarterly editions of the WIPO Magazine are published in print and online formats in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

(Photo: Courtesy of Björn Ulvaeus)

ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus puts artists’ interests center stage

Bjorn Ulvaeus outlines his ambitions as CISAC President and shares his vision of the role that technology will play in placing creators at the heart of a transformed music industry ecosystem.

(Photo: Courtesy of Raquel Arana)

El Salvador makes a fashion statement with its handbags

El Salvador’s Minister of the Economy, María Luisa Hayem, reflects on how government-led intellectual property awareness programs are supporting El Salvador’s flourishing handicraft sector, as demonstrated by the success of emerging young female design entrepreneurs Eva Innocenti and Raquel Arana.

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Working ethically with Indigenous cultural and intellectual property: Australia launches new protocols

In September 2020, the Australia Council for the Arts released the latest edition of its Protocols for using First Nations Cultural and Intellectual Property in the Arts, which aims to bridge the existing legal gap and provide traditional knowledge protection by recognizing and engendering respect for customary practice.

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The African Continental Free Trade Area: a significant role for IP

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on economies across the globe, including in Africa. In the absence of the fiscal resources for the multi-billion-dollar stimulus packages of wealthier countries, African economies are looking to the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to catalyze Africa’s post-pandemic recovery and its transition to a knowledge-based economy.

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Genetic scissors: at the cutting-edge of life

The gene-editing tool, CRISPR-Cas9, is one of the most important scientific developments so far this century. In October 2020, the two scientists responsible for developing it, Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna, were awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. What is the transformative potential of CRISPR technology and what issues is it raising?

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