World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

WIPO may be in transition from its past promotion of a miximalist agenda for Patents, Copyright and Trademarks (PCT) to balancing these laws with an agenda that promotes creativity, innovation, and UN values such as international development (More via: EFF, CPTech, IPJustice). There is a growing international recognition that too much PCT can harm creativity and innovation, just as too little PCT can.

UN body promises greater recognition for open source licencing

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is promising greater recognition of Free and Open Source software licensing in a bid to balance the needs of copyright owners and the public.

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Geneva Declaration on the Future of the World Intellectual Property Organization

On September 30, 2004, the WIPO General Assembly will debate an important proposal to change the mission and work program for WIPO. The following is a Declaration on the Future of WIPO, for which we are currently collecting signatures.


[Open-wipo] Brazil, Argentina ask WIPO to establish "Development Agenda"

On Friday, August 27, Argentina and Brazil presented to WIPO a "Proposal for Establishing a Development Agenda for the World Intellectual Property Organization."


For example, it calls for a "Treaty on Access to Knowledge and Technology," and asks WIPO to undertake "activities with a view to exploring the promise held by open collaborative projects to develop public goods, as exemplified by the Human Genome Project and Open Source Software."

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