Shared Genetic Resources And Traditional Knowledge: National, Regional Efforts

Photo: the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) adopted the Swakopmund Protocol on the protection of traditional knowledge and expressions of folklore in May

The issue of genetic resources or traditional knowledge that are shared among different countries was discussed at a World Intellectual Property Organization seminar this week. Panellists presented national and regional efforts to protect such resources.

Effects Of New Australian Blocking Legislation Remain Highly Controversial

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Much will depend on Australian federal judges after a website blocking bill targeting copyright violations was passed by both houses of the Australian legislature this week.

US Political Trademarks And Campaign Branding 2016

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As prospective presidential candidates prepare to plunge voters in the United States into campaign purgatory, it is time for pundits to examine how candidates are branding their political campaigns and crafting their messages to appeal to the electoral audience. With the presidential race beginning to heat up, which candidate will seize the message that resonates most with American voters? And what will that message be?

WIPO Seminar Looks At Protection Of TK, Genetic Resources Across Borders

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Keen on maintaining momentum in the discussions on the protection of traditional knowledge and genetic resources, while the normative agenda on the issue is suspended, the World Intellectual Property Organization is holding a seminar on the subject this week.

Secret Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Takes Centre Stage In Asia

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), part of US President Barack Obama’s promised pivot to Asia, has stirred up a hornet’s nest on the ethics of trying to hammer out a trade deal in secrecy. But it is not the only one. A proposed trade agreement in Asia, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), is facing the same hiccups and flak.

Experts Debate IANA Transition: “Designing In A Straitjacket” Or Securing Stability?

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Internet expert groups this week are being asked if they agree to a proposal prepared in thousands of hours of voluntary work to transition key elements of internet control away from the United States government. Meanwhile, the US confirmed that the process of transition will extend well beyond the target of September of this year, and some countries are deploring that the transition was not started with a “clean slate.”

IANA Transition Slipping; Technical Communities Ask For Phases

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Preparations for transitioning the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) – with core elements of the global internet – out of United States oversight do not appear to on track for the 30 September deadline. As a result, cautious pressure is mounting from the internet protocol numbers administration and protocol standardisation bodies to consider at least a “phased implementation” of the transition.

UN Expert Urges Encryption, Anonymity Online To Preserve Freedom Of Expression

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A United Nations expert on freedom of expression this week has brought international attention to the need for individuals to be able to share completely encrypted, anonymous communications on the internet in order to preserve rights related to freedom of expression and opinion worldwide.

WIPO Roving Seminars Reach Out To Stakeholders In Developed Countries

WIPO Roving Seminar March 06, 2015 in Wellington, New Zealand.  New Zelaand Intellectual Property Office.  (Photo by Mark Tantrum/ mark tantrum.com)

The World Intellectual Property Organization has initiated a programme of reaching out to stakeholders in developed countries with “roving seminars” on WIPO services and initiatives. The programme targets potential WIPO customers, promotes local IP services and offices, and promotes intellectual property protection.

EU Parliament Hearing: Data Protection Not A Trade Barrier, But A Fundamental Right

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At a hearing on data flows and data protection in trade agreements this week, several members of the European Parliament called for the clear exemption of current and future data protection regulation from ongoing trade negotiations.