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World Intellectual Property Organization
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Nbr. 3-2009, May 2009


Barefoot College Teaching Grandmothers To Be Solar Engineers

The first and the hardest hit by climate change are the rural poor around the world. Millions of dollars have been spent on awareness raising, training in alternative technologies and preparing vulnerable rural communities to face the challenge. One of the striking success stories is that of India's Barefoot College. Its approach has already made a difference for many.

Bicentenary Of Louis Braille The World At Our Fingertips

Inventing braille. The braille system. Braille and new technologies. Braille and copyright. Tiflolibros.

Book Review

Intangible Cultural Heritage and Intellectual Property - Communities, Cultural Diversity and Sustainable Development Intangible cultural heritage (ICH) consists of all practices, expressions, knowledge and skills that communities and individuals recognize as part of their cultural heritage. Oral traditions, dance, music, rituals and festive events, knowledge concerning nature, and craftsmanship, among others, are all manifestations of ICH. In 2003, UNESCO adopted the Convention for the Safegu...

Committee Meeting

SCP to Intensify Work on Several Patent-Related Issues

Efficient Alternative Dispute Resolution In Intellectual Property

The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center. Tailored ADR services. Trends in WIPO mediation and arbitration. Settlement trends. Remedies. Services of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center. A WIPO Expedited Arbitration Relating to a Banking Software Dispute.

Green Innovation World Ip Day April 26

"The power of human ingenuity is our best hope for restoring the delicate balance between ourselves and our environment. It is our greatest asset in finding solutions to this global challenge, enabling us to move forward from the carbon-based, grey technologies of the past to the carbon-neutral, green innovation of the future." WIPO Director General Francis Gurry, message for World Intellectual Property Day

Legal Pioneering At The Online Auction Frontier

Online auction sites are being challenged by trademark owners on diverse grounds in courts around the world. The cases raise many questions and court decisions have gone both ways, for and against the trademark holders. Here, French and European trademark and design attorney, partner at Cabinet Lavoix, Paris, CATHERINE LEVALET analyzes the 2008 decisions of the French Court in the LVMH vs eBay cases. On June 30, 2008, the American company eBay Inc - owner of the world's largest and best-known...

Letters And Comment

Raising IP Awareness in the Philippines. Copyright in the Courts: Moral Right in Architecture (Part II). Google AdWords Challenged.

Photovoltaic Technology Sunny Side Up

The solar photovoltaic (PV) market - the green energy source par excellence - is booming. Production has doubled every two years since 2002, making it the fastest-growing energy sector. Buoyed by government incentives, the industry is thriving and research is opening new avenues and bringing costs down. The number of solar energy-related patent applications filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) tripled from 2004 to 2008, rising from 460 to 1,411.

Reinventing The Automobile What It Takes To Make A Clean Machine

Innovate or die. Hybrids - a transition technology. How eco-friendly is electricity?. Batteries: Re-charging the future. Alternative fuels. The clean machine: an enduring promise. Hybrid vehicles.

Signs Of The Times

Article 6 ter enters the e-communication era

The Eco-Patent Commons Caring Through Sharing

It seems counterintuitive, but big businesses are seeking to prove their green credentials by sharing environmentally-friendly innovations with their competitors. Journalist JO BOWMAN takes a closer look at the Eco-Patent Commons, mentioned in the article "Sharing Technology to Meet a Common Challenge" by Antony Taubman, published in the WIPO Magazine Special Issue 2/2009.

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