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World Intellectual Property Day

Apr 10. 2014
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Francis Gurry, Source: WIPO

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) invites all its member states and stakeholders to join in celebrating World Intellectual Property Day on April 26.

Their theme this year is:

Movies: a global passion
http://www.wipo.int/ipday/

They invite you to:
- Post your World IP Day activities, events, comments, photos and posters directly on the World IP Day Facebook page (The wall re-opens in March).
- Or, if you prefer, you can email your events and pictures to us and we will post them for you.
- Follow us on Twitter @wipo for updates. Tweet your own events and comments using the hash tag #worldipday.

Industry Press Releases

Expansion of Domain Name Space May Shift Trademark Protection Strategies

Mar 18. 2014
12:03
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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.

Geneva, March 17, 2014
PR/2014/756

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US and China Drive International Patent Filing Growth in Record-Setting Year

Mar 15. 2014
06:03
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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.

Geneva, March 13, 2014
PR/2014/755

International trademark and industrial design filings also achieved new record-breaking levels. Full Press Release.

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WIPO’s Coordination Committee Nominates Francis Gurry for Second Term as Director General

Mar 11. 2014
12:03
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The Coordination Committee[4] of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) nominated by consensus Mr. Francis Gurry for a second term as Director General of WIPO.

The WIPO General Assembly will meet in an extraordinary session on May 8-9, 2014 to confirm the nomination. Mr. Gurry’s first term as Director General expires on September 30, 2014.

To applause from delegates, Committee Chair Ambassador Fode Seck declared Mr. Gurry the consensus nominee. Mr. Gurry offered his “heartfelt and profound thanks” to member states from all regional groups for the support given to him.

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Director-General opens WIPO assemblies with call to help developing-world creators

Sep 23. 2013
05:09
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World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Director General Francis Gurry opened the WIPO Assemblies of member states with a call for better linkages between developing-world creators and the worldwide online marketplace.

Now, the Internet is a global stage where performers and other producers can more-easily reach audiences beyond their borders, Mr. Gurry told delegates from WIPO’s 186 member states, who are convening between Sept. 23 and Oct. 3, 2013 to consider the WIPO work plan, budget and other matters for the upcoming 2014-2015 biennium.

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Negotiations to finalize new treaty improving access to books for visually impaired persons

Jun 11. 2013
01:06
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Hundreds of negotiators representing countries around the world will gather later this month to work on finalizing a new international treaty to ease access to books for blind, visually impaired, and other print disabled people.

Between June 18-28, 2013, the World Intellectual Property Organization
(WIPO) will convene the Diplomatic Conference to Conclude a Treaty to
Facilitate Access to Published Works by Visually Impaired Persons and
Persons with Print Disabilities
, which will be hosted by the
Kingdom of Morocco at the Palais des Congres in Marrakesh.

The meeting which will draw representatives from WIPO’s 186-nation
membership, will be opened by WIPO Director General Francis Gurry and
high ranking Moroccan Government and Marrakesh city officials.

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WIPO Survey Reveals Concern about Costs of Technology Dispute Proceedings

Mar 28. 2013
03:03
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An International Survey on Dispute Resolution in Technology Transactions conducted by the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center reveals that less than 2% of technology agreements lead to formal dispute proceedings, but that these proceedings are generally costly and time-consuming.

The survey report presents the practices and motivation of almost 400 survey respondents from over 60 countries, and assesses the current use and comparative merits of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods for resolving technology-related disputes. The survey report also offers observations on dispute resolution best practices based on analysis of the data compiled and interviews conducted with the survey.

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Access to Published Works by Persons with Print Disabilities

Jan 10. 2013
11:01
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Meeting in extraordinary session, the WIPO General Assembly took a landmark decision today to convene a diplomatic conference in 2013 to complete negotiations on a pact to improve access to copyrighted works for the many visually impaired and people with print disabilities around the world.

The General Assembly also expressed gratitude to Morocco for its offer to host the diplomatic conference.

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Decision of UN Sanctions Committee on WIPO’s Technical Assistance to Islamic Republic of Iran

Sep 26. 2012
12:09
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The United Nations (UN) committee charged with overseeing implementation of Security Council resolutions relating to the Islamic Republic of Iran has confirmed that WIPO technical assistance to the Islamic Republic of Iran does not violate United Nations resolutions.

In a letter to WIPO Director General Francis Gurry, Decision of UN Sanctions Committee on WIPO’s Technical Assistance to Islamic Republic of Iran, letter from the Chairman of the Committee, the Chairman of the Committee Néstor Osorio, said I wish to convey the Committee’s understanding that nothing in Security Council resolutions 1696 (2006), 1737 (2006), 1747 (2007), 1803 (2008) and 1929

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Egypt’s Culturama Projection at WIPO

Jul 13. 2012
12:07
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WIPO will host a panoramic projection of the history of Egypt’s cultural heritage at its Geneva headquarters from July 10 to 20, 2012.

Five presentations of the panoramic, interactive presentation, which takes the audience on a journey through time from the Pharaonic Period through contemporary times, will be organized daily.