Dr Gurry re-appointed

Last week, 8 May, WIPO’s General Assembly re-elected Dr Francis Gurry to a second 6 year term, beginning 1 October 2014 as Director-General of WIPO.

Re-thinking the role of IP: Francis Gurry lecture

Last week, the 5th Francis Gurry Lecture at the University of Melbourne was given by Dr Francis Gurry, the Director-General of WIPO (and so the highest ranking Australian official in UN organisations), himself. The topic “Re-thinking the Role of IP’.

Government responses to ACIP enforcement reviews

The Government has announced its responses to ACIP’s reviews of: post-grant Patent enforcement; and enforcement of plant breeder’s rights. On a quick skim, the main recommendation to introduce a Patents Tribunal to determine “IP” disputes has been found non-viable due to the limitations on the Commonwealth’s repository of judicial powers. With WIPO’s arbitration and mediation […]

Selected microblog posts for week ending 21/8/09

RT @pofip: ACCC warns about questionable trade mark renewals http://bit.ly/4l8aO1 Our list is here:http://bit.ly/hnznh @nipper: Podcast debate on SCOTUS granting cert in Bilski (patent) case: http://bit.ly/1c4oaw wrothnie ACIP interim report on post grant patent enforcement strategies. Comments by 20 Sep 2009. 4 copy contact Jackie Carroll http://bit.ly/IoZcZ RT @TrademarkBlog: Link to text of Superman Decision: Creator’s Heirs Win Rights to […]

Dr Gurry in Melbourne

Francis Gurry, the newly appointed Director General of WIPO will be speaking in Melbourne on 3 August 2009: Intellectual Property, Innovation and Creativity – Future Global Directions Intellectual Property, Innovation and Creativity – Future Global Directions Registration is free, but bookings essential. More details here (pdf).

WIPO Copyright progress

William Lye has a comprehensive report on the conclusion of the latest round of WIPO’s Standing Committee on Copyright – a late agreement: to address a proposed treaty on copyright exceptions for visually impaired persons and others; and for renewed focus on the rights of audio-visual performances; and to continue discussion on the need to […]

World IP Court by 2012?

Apparently, one of the G20′s solutions to “the GFC”. IP Watch; IPKat and Duncan Bucknell. The G20‘s website here and, possibly more directly, the communique may turn up at the London Summit 2009 (the site is not responding at the moment). Maybe Connex is running it?

WIPO UDRP annual report

WIPO’s annual report summarising developments in domain name disputes for 2008 has been published here. The headline attracting news around the world: a record 2,329 complaints filed Interestingly, the WIPO Center has received 14,663 UDRP or UDRP-based cases (gTLDs and ccTLDs), covering 26,262 separate domain names. Reflecting the truly global scope of this dispute mechanism, […]

PCT survey

IP Australia calls on all Australian users of the PCT to complete WIPO’s online survey: Australian users of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) can make their views known by participating in a survey being run by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the body that administers the PCT. The comprehensive survey covers all aspects of […]

Traditional Knowledge, Folklore, And Genetic Resources -updated

The Chairman has released a report outlining how WIPO’s future work on the protection of Traditional Knowledge, Folklore and Genetic Resources following the conclusion of the 13th session of the Intergovernmental Committee. pdf link via Intellectual Property Watch. Kaitlin Mara has an lengthy report from the fallout of the last day’s negotiations: ‘No Agreement For […]