Global IP Agency In Search of a New Leader

The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) is the main international body for the conclusion of international Intellectual property treaties; it also runs a set of widely-used international IP registration systems, among them the PCT system that allows patent applicants to simultaneously seek protection for an invention in over 140 countries. In short, WIPO plays a…

UN Resolution on surveillance a good start, but 5-eyes countries prevent it from being great

The world’s highest and most diverse political body has finally reacted to this summer’s revelations of mass Government surveillance programs. Last week, a subcommittee of the UN General Assembly (GA) adopted a resolution on “The right to privacy in the digital age”, which contains a strongly worded condemnation of online surveillance. The resolution, which can…

Internet, innovation at the centre of major WTO event

The WTO public forum is perhaps the most visible result of the WTO’s revised public relations strategy following its tumultuous 1999 Ministerial Conference in Seattle. In recent years, it has become a major event in the international trade agenda as it transformed from a somewhat academic public outreach exercise to a well-attended ‘marketplace of ideas’ where industry, civil society and Governments discuss trade challenges in an open and constructive environment.

Shifting Language Threatens WIPO Treaty on Visually Impaired

Throughout its 40-year history, CCIA has aligned itself with sensible IP and technology policy efforts and has also taken broader stands on things like human rights and free expression. Often, a case arises that commingles these interests. One such issue involves international copyright exceptions for those who are blind or have other reading disabilities. Delegates…