At WIPO, Study On Copyright Exceptions Stimulates Broad Discussion With Author

SCCR chair

During the recent meeting of the World Intellectual Property Organization copyright committee, a study was presented on exceptions and limitations to copyright for libraries and archives at the national level. The presentation spurred a full day of discussion about how to ensure libraries can continue to provide an indispensable service, and a substantive exchange with the author.

WIPO Members Conclude Year Positively With Copyright Committee, Despite No Changes To Text

WIPO Library

The World Intellectual Property Organization’s last committee meeting of the year finished on an amiable note last week. The committee on copyright did not advance on text drafting but, according to the chair and a number of delegations, the weeklong meeting was an opportunity for extensive discussions on substance, the best in a long time.

WTO: Talks On GI Register Start, Tied To Other Negotiations In July 2015 Deadline

GI - Wine

An informal meeting of World Trade Organization members on a long-discussed register on geographical indications of wines and spirits today showed that member states were committed but not yet inclined to delve into the issues until they have a clearer picture of other sensitive topics of the Doha Round.

Copyright Exceptions For Libraries: WIPO Should Step Up Before Someone Else Does, Researcher Says

Libraries go mobile in Bangladesh

The author of a World Intellectual Property Organization-commissioned study said this week that WIPO should take the lead on the issue of limitations and exceptions to copyright for libraries, before the debate and the solution are left to other actors.

NGOs Offer Views For WIPO Members Creating IP Rights Treaty For Broadcasters

WIPO - Catherine Saez (15)

World Intellectual Property Organization members have been working in relative secrecy this week to decide how far to apply intellectual property rights protections on broadcasts. To guide them, nongovernmental organisations offered a range of views, from sweeping protections to scaling back the proposed treaty.

At WIPO This Week: Broadcasting Treaty, Copyright Exceptions And Limitations

Radio

After two difficult meetings, the World Intellectual Property Organization copyright committee is meeting this week with the hope of getting closer to a treaty protecting broadcasting organisations, although questions remain on scope and level of protection. The committee is also expected to find ways to work on exceptions and limitations to copyrights for libraries, archives, education and research, as developed countries oppose normative work, and developing countries want international instruments.

WTO Back At The Discussion Table On GI Register

Wine

An informal meeting is scheduled to take place on 12 December at the World Trade Organization on a multilateral register for geographical indications of wines and spirits. The meeting is expected to discuss how to move the work in the negotiations, and how to reflect it in the post-Bali work programme, according to a source.

WIPO Seminar: For Access To Hepatitis C Treatments, Look At HIV Lessons

Hepatitis C Virus

A seminar on innovation and access to medicine last week examined the issue of access to hepatitis C treatment, looking at the HIV/AIDS path. Voluntary licences, such as the one entered by Gilead for its hepatitis drugs, have been applauded but such licences often do not cover middle-income countries, which are home to the bulk of hepatitis C patients, and whose poor populations remain unable to access treatment.

Paper Proposes Access And Benefit Mechanisms To Help Implement Nagoya Protocol

Biodiversity - Plant

A recent paper proposes that countries use the access and benefit-sharing mechanism of the Nagoya Protocol to ensure conservation action and effective implementation of the protocol.

Civil Society Files Opposition To Monsanto Climate-Related Soybean Patent

Agriculture - Soybean 2

A civil society coalition is after one of European Monsanto’s patents, accusing the giant seed corporation of biopiracy. The patent granted in February was challenged by the No Patents on Seeds coalition, which filed an opposition a few days ago.