Knowledge Governance Negotiations

KEI general statement to the 15th Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP)

SCP 15
General Statement of Knowledge Ecology International
12 October 2010

Thank you Mr. Chair, and I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you and the vice-chairs upon your re-election.

1. Knowledge Ecology International welcomes the reports by experts, thanks the Secretariat for its work on this topic.

As a general matter, KEI suggests the WIPO Secretariat provide standardized disclosure of the professional consulting that various experts do, as is the practice for other UN bodies and some academic journals.

US Statement to 48th WIPO General Assemblies on IGC on genetic resources, traditional knowledges and folklore

On Friday, 24 September 2010, the United States delivered the following intervention on agenda item 28(i) on the Information Reports on the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore.

WIPO Scoping Study on Copyright and Related Rights and the Public Domain (released May 2010)

On 7 May 2010 the WIPO Secretariat published a paper entitled "WIPO Scoping Study on Copyright and Related Rights and the Public Domain" prepared by Professor Séverine Dusollier (Professor, University of Namur, Belgium). This study was produced as an output of the WIPO Committee on Development and Intellectual Property's (CDIP) thematic project on intellectual property and the public domain which is predicated upon Recommendations 16 and 20 of the Development Agenda.

WIPO Scoping Study on Copyright and Related Rights and the Public Domain (released May 2010)

In May 2010 the WIPO Secretariat published a paper entitled "WIPO Scoping Study on Copyright and Related Rights and the Public Domain" prepared by Professor Séverine Dusollier (Professor, University of Namur, Belgium). This study was produced as an output of the WIPO Committee on Development and Intellectual Property's (CDIP) thematic project on intellectual property and the public domain which is predicated upon Recommendations 16 and 20 of the Development Agenda.

Summary Report of WIPO's expert group deliberations on a sui generis legal regime to protect folklore

WIPO's First Intersessional Working Group (IWG 1) concluded its five days of deliberations on Friday, 23 July 2010 substantially closer to its goal of establishing a sui generis legal regime for the protection of traditional cultural expressions/expressions of folklore. On Friday, the WIPO secretariat distributed a summary report of the first IWG (attached below).

WIPO drafting groups release text for a possible legal instrument for the protection of traditional cultural expressions

As mentioned in two previous KEI blogs, the WIPO's First Intersessional Working Group received its mandate from the 16th WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) to 'provide legal and technical advice and analysis, including, where appropriate, options and scenarios for consideration of the IGC' including the outcomes, recommendations and texts relating to the discussion specifically on a working document containing draft provisions for a possible instrument for the protection of traditional cultural expressions/e

KEI interventions on possible WIPO legal instrument for the protection of traditional cultural expressions

As mentioned in a previous piece entitled WIPO expert committee deliberates on road map to protect traditional cultural expressions, WIPO has convened an intersessional working group (IWG) comprised of experts from countries and observer organizations to examine draft provisions of a document prepared by the WIPO secretariat on 'The Protection of Traditional Cultural Expressions/Expressions of Folklore: Revised Objectives and Principles'. The IWG runs from July 19-23, 2010.

WIPO expert committee deliberates on road map to protect traditional cultural expressions

From 19-23 July 2010, WIPO has convened an Intersessional Working Group to examine a WIPO document on 'Revised Provisions for the Protection of Traditional Cultural Expressions/Expressions of Folklore' (WIPO/GRTKF/IC/17/4).

South Africa's opening statement to WIPO SCCR 20

On 21 June, 2010, South Africa made the following general statement to the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) which covered the protection of broadcasting organizations, a treaty for audiovisual performances and on limitations on exceptions. South Africa underscored that the SCCR's work on limitations and exceptions be prioritized and welcomed the ongoing work of WIPO in 'regard to the matter of access for the visually impaired'. South Africa emphasized that

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