At 12:56 AM on 3 May 2014, WIPO's Copyright Committee, (SCCR27) could not reach agreement on the future work on "Limitations and exceptions: libraries and archives." The main point of contention was "text-based work" which the European Union sought to excise from the text. Consequently, the Committee was at an impasse in developing an appropriate international legal instrument (in whatever form) on copyright exceptions and limitations for libraries and archives (whether model law, joint recommendation, treaty and/or other forms).
On Wednesday, 30 April 2014, Kenya delivered the following statement on "Limitations & Exemptions for Libraries and Archives" on behalf of the African Group. In contrast to the European Union, the African Group underscored the point that copyright limitations and exceptions
The Republic of Korea delivered the following statement outlining the position of the Asia Pacific Group (a large and diverse group of Member States including but not limited to Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Iran, the Republic of Korea and Singapore).
Asia Pacific Group Statement for SCCR 27- final
Thank you Mr. Chairman
Good morning dear colleagues.
I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of Asia Pacific group.
The WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR27) is currently discussing Article 6 (Scope of Application) of the working text of the proposed Treaty on the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations (SCCR/27/2).
The United States of America delivered this nuanced intervention on the Scope of Application.
On Tuesday, 29 April 2014, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) will convene a panel at WIPO headquarters entitled, The Tunis Model Law on Copyright for Developing Countries: Is it Time for an Update?
SCCR27: UK proposal on the Proposed WIPO treaty on the protection of broadcasting organizations (the BBC experience)Submitted by thiru on 14. April 2014 - 6:28
On 8 April 2014, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland submitted a paper to the 27th session of WIPO's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) on the Proposed WIPO treaty on the protection of broadcasting organizations (SCCR/27/3). In its proposal, the UK endeavors to "shed light on a number of different technologies already being used by broadcasters from around the world" including the deployment of the BBC iPlayer and the BBC Red Button services.
17 March 2014: The African Group highlights the hidden costs of implementing the Design Law Formalities TreatySubmitted by thiru on 22. March 2014 - 13:35
On 17 March 2014, the African Group delivered the following opening statement at the Thirty-First Session of the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications (SCT) highlighting the need for an inclusion of an article on technical assistance (with legally binding effect) in the proposed design law treaty. The African Group noted,
On 17 March 2014, the European Union and its Member States issued the following clarion call to the Thirty-First Session of the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications (SCT) urging the committee to "make a clear and unambiguous recommendation to convene a diplomatic conference to the upcoming Extraordinary General Assembly" for a Design Law Formalities Treaty.
Geographical indications, country names and the domain name system: Czech Rep, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Moldova and SwitzerlandSubmitted by thiru on 20. March 2014 - 4:59
On 18 March 2014, the delegations of the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Republic of Moldova and Switzerland submitted the following proposal (SCT/31/8 Rev.) on the Protection of Geographical Indications and Country Names in the Domain Name System for consideration by the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications (SCT).
Resurrecting the Ghost of Høsbjør Past: Global Fund seeks to establish global framework on tiered pricing enforced by WTO rulesSubmitted by thiru on 14. March 2014 - 4:07
Informed sources have revealed that Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, is the brains behind an initiative to create global framework for the tiered pricing or in the Global Fund's own words, "Equitable Access to Essential Medicines and Vaccines: Developing a Framework for Success", enforced by the rules of the World Trade Organization. KEI has obtained this internal concept note prepared by the Global Fund which we understand is a work in progress.
Protection for geographical indications is an issue that divides the generally united front that Australia, Canada, the European Union, Japan, Switzerland, New Zealand and the United States maintain at WIPO and WTO negotiations on setting rules for the enforcement of patents, copyright, trademarks and industrial designs. In a 12 March 2014 piece, Europe wants its Parmesan back, seeks name change, the Associated Press reported that,
Boeing submission to US ITC (No. 332-543): India has a legal framework that is adequate to protect IPSubmitted by thiru on 7. March 2014 - 2:20
On 7 February 2014, the Boeing Company submitted a written statement to the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) investigation of India (No. 332-543) concluding that,
In Boeing's experience, India has a legal framework that is adequate to protect IP with no known cases of IP violation involving Boeing's activities in the defense and aerospace sector.
WTO TRIPS Council (February 2014) - EU intervention on the contribution of IP to facilitate the transfer of clean technologiesSubmitted by thiru on 3. March 2014 - 5:52
On Tuesday, 25 February 2014, the European Union delivered the following intervention at the WTO TRIPS Council on agenda item 11 (Contribution of Intellectual Property to Facilitate the Transfer of Environmentally Rational Technology) with a focus on the European Business and Technology Centre, India.
Intervention by the EU at the TRIPS Council of 25 February 2014
Agenda point 11 – Contribution of IP to facilitate the transfer of environmentally rational technology
European Business and Technology Centre, India
WTO TRIPS Council (February 2014) - EU's intervention on Technical cooperation and capacity buildingSubmitted by thiru on 3. March 2014 - 4:21
The European Union delivered the following intervention at the February 2014 WTO TRIPS Council on agenda item 10 (Technical cooperation and capacity building).
EU intervention – 25 February 2014
Point 10 TRIPS Council Agenda – Technical cooperation and capacity building
WTO TRIPS Council (February 2014) - EU's intervention on IP and Innovation: University Technology PartnershipsSubmitted by thiru on 3. March 2014 - 3:40
The European Union delivered the following intervention at the February 2014 WTO TRIPS Council on agenda item 12 (IP and Innovation: University Technology Partnerships). The United States of America tabled this standalone agenda item on University Technology Partnerships in the context of IP and Innovation.
TRIPS Council 25/26 February 2014
EU intervention on Agenda point 12
IP and Innovation - University technology partnerships