Traditional Knowledge | Lisbon Agreement | Public Domain
JUNE 25, 2015
Intellectual Property and Indigenous People: A Discussion

Cross-border protection of indigenous peoples’ traditional knowledge and cultural expression is among the most challenging topics in the intellectual property field, a Harvard Law School expert told participants at a WIPO seminar. “Many serious legitimate concerns lie on both sides” of the question of whether restrictions should be tightened on unauthorized uses of traditional knowledge, said William Fisher at the opening of the June 23-25 seminar: Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions: Regional and International Dimensions.
New Geneva Act of Lisbon Agreement Explained

An article in the June edition of the WIPO Magazine looks at the recent adoption of the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications. Both producers and consumers of origin-based quality products can benefit from the revised treaty that protects the indication of the geographical origin of, among others, coffee, tea, fruits, wine, pottery, glass and cloth.
Something for Nothing?

More than $200 million. That's the value of free images taken from the public domain and used on English language Wikipedia, according to a study presented June 16 as part of WIPO's Seminar Series on the Economics of IP. The paper, sponsored by the UK IP Office, looks into defining and quantifying how creators use the public domain, or “bits of information free for uptake by all,” as a report author calls it.
Chile: 7th to Join Beijing Treaty

Chile deposited its ratification of the Beijing Treaty on June 22, making it the seventh contracting party to join the agreement that shores up the rights of performers in audiovisual works such as films, TV series or musicals. The Beijing Treaty will enter into force after 30 ratifications or accessions are presented to WIPO.
WIPO Re:Search: On the Ground in Cameroon

A WIPO video follows Fidelis Cho-Ngwa as the Cameroonian scientist works to eradicate Onchocerciasis, or River Blindness, which has blinded nearly half of the men in some African communities.

From his university laboratory on the flank of Mt. Cameroon, Mr. Cho-Ngwa oversees the harvest and study of infected flies that transmit the disease. His work is supported by WIPO Re:Search as part of its fight against neglected tropical diseases, malaria and tuberculosis - diseases that afflict hundreds of millions of people, primarily in less-developed regions.
Cutting Confusion

The WIPO Pearl database provides free, multilingual access to scientific and technical terminology through its web-based interface, promoting accurate and consistent use of 100,000-plus terms across ten different languages.
Image Search for Trademarks

An image search function in the Global Brand Database allows users to upload an image to search for visually similar trademarks and other brand information records from among the 18 million records in the collection.
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