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Peaks and Valleys at WIPO’s Latest SCCR

WIPO’s latest meeting of the SCCR had both failures and successes. Although it was without any agreements on established agenda items, for the second time in a row, the meeting did mark the very first ratification of the Marrakesh treaty. It seems as though a pattern is starting to form in the WIPO’s SCCR where […]

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What will be discussed at this meeting of the CDIP?

The Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP) is a body created by WIPO’s general assembly in 2008. It is tasked with creating and adapting programs according to the 45 recommendations of the Development Agenda. The CDIP will be meeting from May 19th to the 23rd of this year and has many items on its […]

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Little Progress at SCCR

There was again no real progress after another effort to concretize the future work of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR). The inability to arrive at any conclusions was due to tension between the positions of developing and developed nations. The 27th meeting of the SCCR took […]

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Libraries Decry Digital Locks

A meeting at the World Intellectual Property Organization last week on a possible international treaty or international instrument that would enable libraries and archives to better preserve cultural heritage and better enable access to information by people around the world ended in stalemate. This outcome was unfortunate for developing countries as well as library and […]

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Who Should Lead the Future of International IP: The Director General Election

Once every six years WIPO elects a new Director General. The elections will take place this year, March 6th 2014. The current Director General, Francis Gurry, during his term has worked to alleviate the tension on current patent and copyright systems that are caused by developments in digital technology. The future head of WIPO will […]

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