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WTO TRIPS Council: Venezuelan intervention on intellectual property and sports

At the October 2013 WTO TRIPS Council, Venezuela delivered the following intervention on intellectual property and sports noting that the WTO should not duplicate WIPO negotiations on a possible treaty for the protection on broadcasting organizations.

Punto 13: Propiedad Intelectual y Deportes

Gracias señor Presidente

WTO TRIPS Council: Intervention of India on Article 66.2

On Thursday, 10 October 2013, India delivered this intervention on Article 66.2 of the TRIPS Agreement mandates developed country members of the WTO to "provide incentives to enterprises and institutions in their territories for the purpose of promoting and encouraging technology transfer to least-developed country Members in order to enable them to create a sound and viable technological base."

Intervention on Art 66.2

South Africa Draft Policy on Intellectual Property rejects giving ownership interest in copyrighted works to broadcasters

On 4 September 2013, the Department of Trade and Industry (the DTI) of the Republic of South Africa released its long-awaited "Draft National Policy on Intellectual Property". This policy framework was gazetted in the Government Gazette as Vol. 579, No. 36816. Public comments will be accepted until 17 October 2013.

Media coverage of the Marrakesh Treaty for the Blind negotiations

Media coverage of the Marrakesh Treaty for the Blind negotiations

22 June 2013, The Washington Post, Filmmakers’ group tries to reshape treaty that would benefit the blind

24 June 2013, The Guardian, US film industry tries to weaken copyright treaty for blind people

"IP as a power tool for development" is back for a Nov. 2013 conference organized by South Africa's Companies and IP Commission

During Kamil Idris's tenure at the helm of the World Intellectual Property Organization, a hackneyed mantra of the organization was "Intellectual property: a power tool for economic growth".

WTO teams up with South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry, WHO and WIPO to convene workshop on IP and public health

On 7-8 August 2013, the Department of Trade and Industry (the DTI), Republic of South Africa and the World Trade Organization (WTO), in close collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will hold a National Workshop on Intellectual Property and Public Health in Pretoria. Leading experts from these intergovernmental organizations, Roger Kampf (WTO), Dr.

WIPO GA 2013 to decide on future of the Intergovernmental Committee on Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore

The Forty-Third session of the WIPO General Assembly which meets from 23 September 2013 to 2 October 2013 will have the pleasant task of untangling the Gordion knot that is the Report of the Proposals Made by Delegations Regarding Future Work of the IGC.

IGC25: Draft Recommendation to WIPO General Assembly (24 July 2013)

On 24 July 2013 the Ian Goss (Australia), the facilitator of the 25th session of the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC/GRTKF),
prepared the following draft recommendation for consideration by the WIPO General Assembly in September 2013. Currently, WIPO member states are examining the text and will provide their comments on the draft recommendations when the plenary resumes this afternoon.

IGC25: General statement of Australia (22 July 2013)

22 July 2013

This was the statement delivered by Australia (Ian Goss, General Manager, IP Australia) on Monday, 22 July 2013.

Australian Statement

Thank you chair

Firstly, I will begin with a negative, last week was perhaps the most frustrating of our meetings this year, in contrast to significant progress on Gr's [genetic resources] with disclosure proponents agreeing on an administrative approach to disclosure rather than substantive examination, this was a significant shift in position from a number key countries.

WIPO IGC 25 and Traditional Cultural Expressions: Intervention of KEI on Article 3 on the scope of protection

From 15-24 July 2013, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is holding the 25th session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC/GRTKF) . Currently, the IGC is chaired by Ambassador Wayne McCook of Jamaica.

WIPO's proposed work program on Copyright and Related Rights for the 2014/2015 biennium

The World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) Program and Budget Committee is meeting from 8 July 2013 to 12 July 2013. Among the documents under consideration is WIPO's Draft Proposed Program and Budget for the 2014/15 Biennium (WO/PBC/20/3) which fleshes out WIPO's strategic goals and program of work for 2014/2015.

28 June 2013: 51 Signatories to the Marrakesh Treaty

On Friday, 28 June 2013, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) held a signing ceremony in Marrakesh for WIPO member states accorded full powers to sign the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled. WIPO document VIP/DC/12 provides the list of 51 current signatories to the Marrakesh Treaty.

WIPO Diplomatic Conference: Views on the outcome of the Marrakesh treaty for the blind

Knowledge Ecology International is holding a side event in Marrakesh on Thursday, 27 June 2013 at 2:00 PM in Karam 4 at the Palais des congrès entitled, Views on the outcome of the Marrakech treaty for the blind.

Moderator:

Ellen ‘t Hoen (legal advisor, KEI)
Speakers:

Krista Cox (Staff Attorney, KEI)
Alan Adler (Vice President, Legal and Government Affairs, AAP)
Gopa Kumar (Legal advisor, TWN)
Jens Bammel (Secretary General of the International Publishers Association)
Jonathan Band (policybandwidth)

Marrakesh Diplomatic Conference on a Treaty for the Blind: Views of observers on hot button issues

Knowledge Ecology International is holding a side event in Marrakesh on 24 June 2013 at 2:00 PM in Karam 4 at the Palais des congrès entitled, "Views of observers on the hot button issues contained in the Marrakesh Treaty Text".

Moderator:
Krista Cox (Staff attorney, KEI)

Speakers:

Maryanne Diamond (President, World Blind Union)

Carlo Scollo Lavizzari (Attorney, International Association of Scientific Technical and Medical Publishers)

Pranesh Prakash (Policy Director, Center for Internet and Society)

Opening remarks of the World Blind Union at Marrakesh Diplomatic Conference on a WIPO Treaty for the Blind

Opening Remarks WIPO DIP Com 18 June 2013
By: Maryanne Diamond on behalf of the WBU

Thank you Mr Chairman for the opportunity to speak at this most important Diplomatic conference.

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