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- WIPO hosts first IP Judges Forum
In November 2018, WIPO welcomed 120 judges from 64 countries to the inaugural session of the Intellectual Property Judges Forum at its headquarters in Geneva. The event took place in the context of the Organization’s new orientation toward promoting the exchange of experiences and information among judges who handle intellectual property (IP) disputes, especially those related to the evolving business realities of the digital economy. Judges with many years of experience, as well as those with more recent exposure to adjudicating IP disputes, took part in the Forum.
- The role of patents in the history of aviation
This article is derived from the World Intellectual Property Report 2015 – Breakthrough Innovation and Economic Growth The history of how a heavier-than-air machine took flight is replete with tales of fearless inventors, daredevils and dream chasers. It is also full of stories of meticulous and repetitive experimentation, advanced calculus and reliance on hard science. Government, too, played a decisive role in the airplane’s development, in particular during the two World Wars.
- Wafrica: exploring identity through design
In the late 2000s, the Cameroonian-born designer Serge Mouangue, Founder and Art Director of Wafrica, left the world of industrial design and concept cars to embark on a journey to create a new aesthetic narrative, one that questions the idea of origin and identity through artistic design. Intrigued by his experience as an African living in Japan, and the similarities between the cultures of Japan and West Africa, he set about creating a new aesthetic, one that fuses the elegance and sophistication of Japanese cultural icons with the vibrant colors and flamboyance of West Africa. The designer talks about his work and why it is so important for creators to use the intellectual property (IP) system to protect their work.
- Innovating for the whole world: IP’s role in development
What could intellectual property (IP) possibly have to do with helping the poorest people in the world’s least developed countries? At first blush, the concepts of IP and development seem diametrically opposed. IP is often regarded as the manifestation of sophisticated legal infrastructures created by wealthy nations to incentivize innovation and mobilize advanced economies.
- The United States modernizes its music licensing system
Twenty eighteen has been an historic year for copyright law in the United States. In addition to enacting the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act in October, the United States has passed sweeping legislation to transform its licensing system for musical works and to provide, for the very first time, federal remedies for unauthorized uses of pre-1972 sound recordings. The updates enacted through the Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act (MMA) represent the most significant changes to US copyright law since the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998.
- Plain packaging of tobacco products: landmark ruling
In 2011, Australia passed landmark legislation to introduce the plain packaging of tobacco products. At that time, Australia’s Minister of Health and Ageing, Honorable Nicola Roxon, explained that the Government of Australia was “absolutely committed” to reducing smoking-related disease and death. “We want to help protect Australians. That is why we are prepared to lead the world on tackling smoking. Once enacted, these plain packaging laws will be the world's toughest laws on tobacco promotion,” she said.
- Gulf Cooperation Council Patent Office offers fast-track patent grant procedures
The Patent Office of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC PO) continues to advance its ambitious plans to offer its clients a reliable, high-quality, fast-track means of obtaining patent rights.
- Creative industries in the platform economy
The digital revolution has dramatically changed the creative landscape, generating opportunities for some and challenges for others. And in the face of falling revenues, rampant online piracy and fake news, the dominance of tech giants like Amazon, Facebook, Google, Netflix and Spotify is the source of growing concern. Sangeet Choudary is a leading expert on the so-called platform economy and has written extensively on the impact of platforms on businesses, the economy and society. Mr. Choudary recently shared his views with WIPO Magazine on what the rise of the platform economy means for the creative sector.
- Artificial intelligence and intellectual property: an interview with Francis Gurry
Ahead of the 2018 meetings of WIPO’s Assemblies, WIPO Director General Francis Gurry shares his views on the implications of artificial intelligence (AI) for intellectual property (IP) law and policy and its use in the administration of IP systems around the world.
- Bringing AI to life
Sophia the Robot, the humanoid robot from Hanson Robotics, has become a global cultural icon. Her maker, David Hanson, CEO and Founder of Hanson Robotics, shares his vision of a future built around superintelligence.
- Valuing Africa’s creativity: an interview with Kenyan TV entrepreneur Dorothy Ghettuba
Spielworks Media is one of a number of television and digital media companies that are springing up and thriving in Kenya’s vibrant media sector. Its founder and CEO, Dorothy Ghettuba explains why copyright is so critical to the long-term viability of her business....
- Haier: pioneering innovation in the digital world
Many commentators have noted the absence of global Chinese brands. But things are changing. Twice ranked the strongest Chinese corporate brand, by the Financial Times, Haier, a world leader in the white goods sector is an impressive calling card for “Made in China”....
- Generating value from the public domain
The public domain consists of a vast reservoir of creative works and ideas that are available for uptake and consumption by all. It includes works for which the copyright term has expired as well as stories and myths pre-dating modern copyright law. It also includes materials freely placed in the...
- Making international IP law: An interview with Francis Gurry
- Mining innovation: The Filipino way
- Negotiators modernize international system for registering GIs
Producers of origin-based quality products (goods produced within a given geographical area) – as well as consumers in search of such produce – stand to benefit from a recently revised international treaty which protects the indication of the geographical origin of, among others, coffee, tea,...
- Protecting intellectual property in the cloud
The cloud offers unprecedented advantages, especially in terms of collaboration, but is it a secure option when it comes to storing IP information? Asaf Cidon argues that cloud-based storage may even be safer than traditional network solutions....
- Perspectives on design
- Remix culture and amateur creativity: a copyright dilemma
Is remixing – the practice of rearranging and combining existing works to create a new one – really anything new? Are remixes legal under copyright law? Is the time ripe to re-think the legal status of remixes?...
- Lenovo: driving business success through innovation
As one of the world’s largest computer technology companies, the Lenovo Group is no stranger to innovation. A major player in what we call the “PC+” world, where people use personal computers and a broad range of smart devices, the company is constantly striving to create new categories of products ...