Intellectual Property

WIPO Secretariat surges ahead on hosting round table on “Economics of IP”

Without much fanfare save a press release bereft of critical detail, the WIPO Secretariat hosted an international round table on from 26-27 November 2007 which brought together 15 leading economists to discuss the “economics of intellectual property (IP)”.

According to the press release,

Mexico’s proposed deletion of consumer rights in the IGWG Text

Tomorrow morning (Friday the 9th), the IGWG finally takes up Element 5, the intellectual property text. These are the deletions to the text being requested by Mexico.


This would include:
building innovative capacity in science and technology and traditional medicine/genetic resources, in agreement with the legislation existing in the Parties on this issues;
rational health-orientated intellectual property management. (Mexico suggest delete)

Notes on a panel discussion on IP and free trade with government and industry representatives

A Panel Discussion on Policy Approaches to Intellectual Property Enforcement and the Impact on Trade Agreements

Organized by the Property Rights Alliance, this event was hosted by the Intellectual Property Caucus and sponsored by Rep. Tom Feeney.

Date: 12:00-1:30pm October 4, 2007
Venue: Rayburn House Office Building, Washington DC
Attendance: Congressional staff, industry representatives, other interested parties.

Jukka and Keplinger want 2 meetings in 2007, Dipcom in 2008

The Draft conclusions by the Chair are out , and wow, what brass. Jukka is recommending that:

  • Idris as DG convenes a meeting in Sept 2007 for ” joint analysis of notions, terms and conceptual basis of the instrument.
  • The GA sets a SCCR for November/December 2007,
  • A dipcom be held in 2008.
  • It would even appear that webcasting is possibly back in.

    This is discussed at 2pm. It is all quite surreal.

Jukka’s definition of a signal

In the new June 21 text of the non paper they have just handed out, the Chair has proposed a definition of a signal, finally. It is take from the Brussels Convention, and reads as follows:

( ) “signal” means an electronically-generated carrier capable of transmitting programs;

This is from Article 1 of the Brussels Convention, which reads:

(i) “signal” is an electronically–generated carrier capable of transmitting programmes;

In Russian, NGO opposition to the WIPO broadcast treaty

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Broadcast treaty negotations mired “by any means”

At 9:43 PM tonight we hear that the casting discussions are stalling over the United States’ support of the inclusion of the phrase “by any means” in Jukka’s non-paper on Article 7 (Protection of Broadcasts) noting that this would be the “value added” component of any Treaty for the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations.

Rejetez le traité des radiodiffuseurs - Déclaration Commune des ONG

Nous faisons appel aux délégués de l’OMPI pour qu’ils rejettent le Traité des Radiodiffuseurs de l’OMPI. Après plus de 9 ans de discussions, les efforts pour trouver une formulation qui adresserait le piratage sans nuire aux ayant-droits et aux utilisateurs légitime de radiodiffusion ont echoué.

Rechazo al Tratado de Radiodifusión de la OMPI - Declaración conjunta de organizaciones no gubernamentales

Invitamos a los delegados de la OMPI a que rechacen la propuesta de Tratado de Radiodifusión en la OMPI.

Después de más que 9 años de discusiones, los esfuerzos para buscar una formulación del tratado que se ocupe de la piratería de las señales de radiodifusión, pero que no dañe a los titulares de derechos de autor y a los usuarios legítimos de emisiones, han fracasado.

What can we do about the Casters’ Treaty? Pray?

Maybe by now you’ve read the Joint NGO Statement?

Joint NGO Statement: Reject the WIPO Broadcast Treaty

We call upon WIPO delegates to reject the proposed WIPO Broadcast

It’s printed on yellow paper and looks like a REAL NGO flyer opposing a treaty that in fact everyone here (except the broadcasters) cannot stand. Delegates come to me to complain that no one likes it but no one seems to dare tell!

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