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No Deal Overall, But TPP Ministers Agreed Some IPR Issues In Hawaii, US Says
While the ministers of the 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) acknowledged they are still far apart on certain issues such as dairy, there were some areas of agreement in this week's negotiation in Hawaii, they said. Some of them appear to have been related to intellectual property rights, with particular mention of geographical indications (GIs).
WIPO Patent Committee Agrees On Future Work, After Uncertainty
The World Intellectual Property Organization patent law committee today agreed on work programme going forward that includes a balance of North-South issues such as patent quality, patents and health, client-attorney privilege, technology transfer, and exceptions to patents. Agreement on the work program was difficult despite a comparatively fast-moving week of progress on these same areas of work.
IP-Watch Seeks Part-Time Fundraising/Outreach Expert
Intellectual Property Watch is seeking a dynamic person to help expand our fundraising and outreach activities.
WHO Heralds Breakthrough On Ebola Vaccine: “Turning Point In History Of Health R&D”
The World Health Organization announced today that a vaccine preventing Ebola has proved efficacious in Ebola-stricken Guinea, hailing it as a "turning point in the history of health R&D."
Medicines Patent Pool At 5 Years: Promises Kept, Changes Ahead – An Interview With Greg Perry
The Medicines Patent Pool in Geneva is celebrating five years of existence this month. MPP Executive Director Greg Perry sat down with Intellectual Property Watch Catherine Saez to describe progress made since its inception, the success of its licensing agreement model, and plans for the future, including a possible extension to other diseases such as tuberculosis and hepatitis C.
Special Feature: Differences Over GIs Threaten 2016/2017 WIPO Budget Approval
The UN World Intellectual Property Organization is a member-driven agency set up to protect IP rights worldwide. In recent years, an area of dissension and debate has been how to make the organisation – and IPRs - friendlier to developing countries. This year, however, it has become a hotspot for the global debate between developed countries over protection of geographical indications, products of distinctive character deriving from specific locations.
WIPO Model Law Needs Revision, Developing Countries Say; Developed Countries Reluctant
The World Intellectual Property Organization provides legislative assistance to developing countries and least-developed countries upon request by individual member states. This week at the WIPO patent law committee, the Latin American and Caribbean Group tabled a proposal to revise the 1979 WIPO model law for developing countries on inventions, arguing it is obsolete.
WIPO Patent Committee Searching For Common Ground For Future Discussions
After a slow start this week due to late approval of the agenda, the World Intellectual Property Organization patent law committee is now sailing through the proposed schedule. However, previous positions remain unchanged and the core issue of the session is to find common ground on the future work of the committee.
Panel: Biotech Industry Executives Shine Light On Their IP Management Strategies
“IP is a very crucial part of our business and I can’t imagine being in biotech without a very strong emphasis on intellectual property,” a biotech industry executive said during a panel organised at the World Intellectual Property Organization yesterday.
South Africa Draft Copyright Amendment Bill Published For Public Comment
The publication for public comment of the much-anticipated South African draft Copyright Amendment Bill has cautiously been welcomed by some stakeholders, who believe that parts of the draft are unworkable.

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