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.
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’.
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 service in mind, however, IP Australia is to work with alternative dispute resolution providers to provide a new.. Read More
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 Early Storieshttp://bit.ly/fTO00 wrothnie Seminar: 27 August 2009: Copyright Responsibility on the Internet – in Three Acts — Copyright.. Read More
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).
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 protect (badly misunderstood) broadcasters. William Lye’s report here; the Chairman’s draft conclusions here. The discussion of exceptions seems.. Read More
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’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, named parties to WIPO cases represented over 100 countries in 2008 alone. The United States of America (US),.. Read More
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 the PCT from electronic filing to search and examination. Follow the links from here.
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 WIPO Committee On Traditional Knowledge And Folklore’ here. It is interesting that ‘progress’ and ‘positive outcome’ relate solely to.. Read More