Archive | December, 2013

Public Knowledge and the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights

As the year begins to come to a close, the newest session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and related rights has been convened in Geneva, Switzerland.  Previously, in posts from earlier this year it was noted that during this session the SCCR plans to examine working documents for treaties such as a treaties for […]

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A Signal Based Approach or a Signal for Concern?

In some previous posts regarding the dealings of WIPO’s standing committee on copyright and related rights readers may have noticed the mention of the resurgence of discussion related to a a treaty for the protection of broadcasting organizations.  The proposed treaty, the first major overhaul to the global copyright system as it pertains to broadcasts […]

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Indigenous Peoples’ Participation at the Intergovernmental Committee

The Intergovernmental Committee at W.I.P.O. is charged with developing international legislation to protect traditional knowledge, traditional cultural expressions, and genetic resources as classes of intellectual property.  As various indigenous communities throughout the world are the originators and keepers of these categories of knowledge, one would expect their rights and concerns to be at the heart […]

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Pole-based Partisanship? Observations on National Positions at the Intergovernmental Committee

Barring a few exceptions, there is a pattern as to where a country likely stands on protecting traditional knowledge, traditional cultural expressions, and genetic resources at the Intergovernmental Committee.  Simply look at a map, and determine if that country is closer to the North Pole or the South Pole.

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Databases, Disclosure, or Both? Traditional Knowledge and Genetic Resources Protection Strategies at the Intergovernmental Committee

In its mission to protect traditional knowledge and genetic resources as classes of intellectual property, the Intergovernmental Committee has produced two distinct solutions: a one-click clearing house database, and a mandatory patent source disclosure requirement.  Each strategy has a different group of countries supporting it.  And each strategy has perceived weaknesses that its opponents readily […]

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