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[News] Intellectual Monopolies at WIPO Challenged Severely

  • Subject: [News] Intellectual Monopolies at WIPO Challenged Severely
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 17 Oct 2009 23:42:47 +0100
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Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge: Can the New WIPO Mandate Deliver on Biopiracy?

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| On 1 October 2009, the last day of the 47th Series 
| of Meetings of the World Intellectual Property 
| Organization (WIPO) General Assemblies, a new 
| mandate for its Intergovernmental Committee on 
| Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and 
| Folklore (commonly known as âthe IGCâ) was agreed by 
| the Member States. The last minute agreement, 
| following a year of wrangling, was hailed by many as 
| a major breakthrough (see IP-Watch story), 
| particularly for the African Group. WIPOâs Director 
| General called it âa real step forwardâ. The African 
| Group, with the support of many developing 
| countries, had insisted on a mandate that would 
| deliver a âbindingâ treaty on these issues in two 
| years time.
| As the dust settles the question that arises is 
| whether this new mandate will, in reality, be able 
| to deliver. This question is particularly pertinent 
| when looking at the debate around the âbiopiracyâ 
| problem which was the primary driving force behind 
| the creation of the IGC nine years ago.


European Union Prepares A New Intellectual Property Rights Strategy 

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| Intellectual property rights and their protection 
| will be high on the agenda of the European 
| institutions in the upcoming legislature, 
| representatives from the European Commission, 
| European Council and the European Parliament said at 
| the first European Innovation Summit in Brussels 
| yesterday.



Fresh air at WIPO, but old habits die hard

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| The result of all this was that despite excellent high-level speakers from
| international organisations, the conference ended up mainly representing the
| positions of those who have long been in control at WIPO: Governments of the
| US, the EU and Japan, along with large industrial rightsholders. There were
| hardly any industry stakeholders from developing countries, and no public
| interest NGOs represented among the speakers.
| By not including the broader picture, WIPO has missed out on the best
| opportunity in years to demonstrate that it wants to play a productive role
| in helping humanity to manage its knowledge wisely. There clearly are good
| intentions in the organisation. Now WIPO only needs to act on them.

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