Flexible IPR Approach For European Joint Innovation Projects

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Applicants to the European “Innovation Communities” initiative have until 10 September to submit joint innovation proposals in the areas of healthy aging and raw materials. The aim is to create new organisations compliant with the European grant programme Horizon 2020, which will operate under flexible intellectual property rights’ policies in collaborative innovation projects.

WHO Raises Its Voice To Underline Health Effects Of Climate Change

The World Health Organization this week is holding its first conference on health and climate change. The major objective of the conference is to raise awareness on the impact of climate change on health, according to the WHO, which said it aims to strengthen its voice in the debate.

EU-Funded Platform Connects SMEs, Researchers On Green Tech

A European Union-funded initiative is seeking to strengthen the links between small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the research community on environmental technologies.

With 51 Ratifications, Nagoya Protocol To Enter Into Force In October

The Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing of genetic resources will enter into force on 12 October, following the ratification of 12 more countries last week.

360 Applicants Bid For Top WIPO Posts; Selection Process Underway

The World Intellectual Property Organization is currently engaged in an unprecedented process for the selection of the new top management team to serve under recently re-elected Director General Francis Gurry. The open call for applicants resulted in some 360 applications from around the world, including from the upper echelons of WIPO itself, according to sources.

Seed Treaty Celebrates Ten Year Anniversary; Focus On Funding, Collaborations

The International Seed Treaty held a celebratory high-level event recently to mark the tenth anniversary of its entry into force.

African Groups Seek To Modify “UPOV 91+” Draft Protocol

A group of African civil society institutions is calling for a revision of the draft protocol on plant variety protection of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation.

When Cornish Pasty (GI) Meets Feta Cheese (AO) At WIPO For Equal Protection

An amendment to elevate the status of geographical indications at the World Intellectual Property Organization appears to be on track for a high-level final negotiation in 2015 after a meeting last week.