Chile Urges WIPO To Act To Protect Public Domain 12/01/2006 by William New, Intellectual Property Watch 4 Comments Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The government of Chile this week submitted a proposal to an upcoming meeting of the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s new committee on the development agenda that calls for positive steps to protect information in the public domain. The first meeting of the new Provisional Committee on Proposals Related to a WIPO Development Agenda will be held in Geneva on 20-24 February. The committee created by the WIPO General Assembly in October reflects a compromise extension of discussions over a proposal to expand WIPO’s focus on developing countries’ needs (IPW, 3 October 2005). The original development agenda proposal was put forward at the 2004 General Assembly by Argentina and Brazil, supported by 12 other Friends of Development. Subsequent proposals have followed. In its proposal, Chile highlights the benefits to society of a rich base of freely available public information. The public domain is of “crucial importance” to researchers, academics, educators, artists, authors and enterprises, as well as all varieties of institutions, it said. Developing countries in particular have raised concern that WIPO’s emphasis on the protection of rights, rather than the protection of public knowledge, may reduce their ability to innovate since most rights belong to developed countries. The proposal, obtained by Intellectual Property Watch, mentions a series of previous documents negotiated by governments in various bodies such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, and the UN World Summit on the Information Society. Chile calls for an analysis of the implications and benefits of a substantive and accessible public domain, and elaboration of proposals and models for the protection and identification of and access to the contents of the public domain. It further calls for protection of the public domain to be considered in the making of policy at WIPO. To address these issues, Chile also urged the establishment at WIPO of a permanent venue for the analysis and discussion of incentives that promote creative activity, innovation, and technology transfer, within the intellectual property system. Chile also proposed a study evaluating adequate levels of intellectual property taking into account each nation’s situation, especially its level of development and institutional capacity. The study should include consideration of the relationship between intellectual property policies and competition policies, exceptions to and limitations of the intellectual property system where necessary, and the economic and social effect of changes in levels of protection of intellectual property rights. The value of the study will depend upon it being based on terms of reference fully and openly discussed by WIPO members, handled by an independent body in an open and transparent process, Chile said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Related "Chile Urges WIPO To Act To Protect Public Domain" by Intellectual Property Watch is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.