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From: Sara Bannerman <sbannerman _-at-_>
To: discuss (at)
Date: Wed, 06 Apr 2005 14:56:49 -0400

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>Further to the proposal from developing countries to amend WIPO's mandate 
>to include a development agenda and to acknowledge that protection is not 
>the only thing WIPO should concern itself with, there are two meetings 
>coming up.  The proposal from the US should be interesting.


>Media Alert 18/2005
>Geneva, April 6, 2005
>WIPO To Host Meetings On Intellectual Property And Development
>The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will host a series of 
>meetings in April and May 2005 on intellectual property and development.
>The meetings were decided by the WIPO General Assembly in early October 
>2004. The decision followed a discussion by the General Assembly on a 
>proposal originally presented by Argentina and Brazil 
>The proposal was subsequently co-sponsored by 12 other countries, namely 
>Bolivia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Iran, Kenya, Peru, 
>Sierra Leone, South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania, and Venezuela.
>The proposal listed specific actions to incorporate the development 
>dimension in WIPO's various activities. Following the General Assembly 
>debate, member states adopted a decision "to convene inter-sessional 
>intergovernmental meetings to examine the proposals contained" in the 
>Argentina/Brazil proposal, "as well as additional proposals of member 
>states." The General Assembly decided that the meetings would also be open 
>to WIPO accredited inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations 
>(NGOs). A report on these meetings will be presented to the General 
>Assembly for its consideration when it meets in September 2005. The 
>decision also called on WIPO to organize, with other relevant multilateral 
>organizations, an international seminar on intellectual property and 
>development, open to all stakeholders, including NGOs, civil society and 
>The Inter-sessional Intergovernmental Meeting on a Development Agenda for 
>WIPO (IIM) will meet at WIPO's headquarters in Geneva from April 11-13, 
>2005 (documents available at 
> This meeting 
>will consider the original proposal submitted by the aforementioned 
>countries, as well as proposals by other member states, which for the time 
>being have come from Mexico (entitled "Intellectual Property and 
>Development") and the United States of America (entitled "Establishment of 
>a Partnership Program in WIPO").
>Participation at the IIM was clearly defined in the General Assembly 
>decision of October 4, 2004 which is available at 
>(page 68) and states that "WIPO-accredited IGOs and NGOs are invited to 
>participate as observers in the meetings." The WIPO secretariat has taken 
>note of non-accredited NGOs that have requested to participate in the IIM, 
>on an ad hoc basis. To date, 19 requests have been received. Any departure 
>from the original General Assembly decision on this question rests firmly 
>within the hands of the member states.
>It should be noted that any NGO can seek permanent accreditation at WIPO 
>by simply filling out an application form. This request is submitted to 
>WIPO's member states for consideration at their annual General Assemblies 
>meetings in October. Some 260 IGOs and NGOs already have observer status 
>at WIPO.
>WIPO's Permanent Committee on Cooperation for Development Related to 
>Intellectual Property will meet on April 14 and 15, 2005 (documents 
>available at 
>The PCIPD would review the current directions and priorities in WIPO's 
>cooperation activities for developing countries. These activities today 
>concentrate on assisting developing countries to formulate appropriate 
>national intellectual property policies and strategies in supporting 
>development goals as well as in creating business opportunities for 
>innovators and creators. The PCIPD would also give advice and suggestions 
>on future work and activities in these areas.
>The International Seminar on Intellectual Property and Development, which 
>is co-organized by WIPO with the United Nations Conference on Trade and 
>Development (UNCTAD), World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations 
>Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and World Trade Organization 
>(WTO) will be held on May 2 and 3, 2005 and is open to all interested 
>parties, including the press. The Seminar will discuss policy and 
>operational issues relating to intellectual property and development and 
>provide an international forum where practitioners, academia, consultants, 
>non-governmental organizations (NGOs), governments and the wider public 
>may exchange information, experiences and views on the subject. The 
>program is available at 
>Journalists wishing to cover this event are requested to contact the Media 
>Relations and Public Affairs Section at WIPO: Tel: + 41 22 338 8161 or 338 
>95 47; e-mail: <>

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