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La Union Mundial de Ciegos solicita a la OMPI que considere un tratado para mejorar el acceso al conocimiento a las personas conSubmitted by Judit Rius on 29. October 2008 - 10:00
El 28 de Octubre del 2008, Chris Friend de la Union Mundial de Ciegos envió una carta al Director General de la Organización Mundial de la Propiedad Intelectual (OMPI) con una propuesta para un Tratado de la OMPI para los ciegos, las personas con deficiencias visuales y otras personas con discapacidad para la lectura.
La carta de la Union Mundial de Ciegos a la OMPI esta disponible aqui
Siva Vaidhyanathan writes his initial reaction to the Google Book/publisher settlement. Among his conclusions:
According to the WSJ today PhRMA is spending $13.2 million in an “ad buy to prop up 28 Congressional candidates, many of them vulnerable and all but three of them Democrats.” The Journal points out
According to a Wall Street Journal piece published on 28 October 2008, Microsoft has engaged in an assiduous campaign to outflank Linux by courting 13 African countries to use its software in government ministries and public schools.
On October 28, 2008, Chris Friend of the World Blind Union sent a letter to WIPO DG Francis Gurry, with a proposal for a “WIPO treaty for Improved Access for Blind, Visually Impaired and other Reading Disabled Persons.” The case for the treaty is explained in the WBU letter.
Additional information on this topic is available from the KEI web site here.
The Association of American Publishers are apparently worried about Larry Lessig.
On Monday, KEI hosted this event.
The penultimate day of the WIPO development committee held in-depth discussions on recommendation 20 of the Development Agenda which states:
To promote norm-setting activities related to IP that support a robust public domain in WIPO’s Member States, including the possibility of preparing guidelines which could assist interested Member States in identifying subject matters that have fallen into the public domain within their respective jurisdictions.
These are a few quick points about the PhRMA submission.
1. PhRMA asks that ACTA “Establish liability for Internet Service Providers and Other Operators that Facilitate Trade in Counterfeit Medical Products.”
This is potentially quite an important and controversial recommendation. PhRMA wants to make telecommunications companies liable if one of their customers sells counterfeit products.
On Wednesday (9 July 11, 2008) the WIPO Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP) steered away from the detailed financial and human resources discussions that characterized the first two days of discussion to more substantive discussions on competition policy.
The morning session considered recommendation 7 of the WIPO Development Agenda which calls upon WIPO to
The second session of the the WIPO Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP) is meeting this week in Geneva (July 7-11, 2008). The first meeting of this development committee (March 2008) examined Cluster A (Technical Assistance and Capacity Building) of the 45 approved Development Agenda recommendations.
After a hiatus of three years, the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) met for its 12th session on June 23, 2008 to June 27, 2008. Given the collapse of the talks to initiate a Substantive Patent Law Treaty (SPLT) to harmonize patent law with respect to prior art, novelty, inventive step and grace period, even the most prescient of WIPO watchers were at a loss in prognosticating the outcome of the WIPO SCP.
At 10:52 AM today, the United States of America (on behalf of Group B, the “rich country” group of WIPO) nominated Maximiliano Santa Cruz of Chile to be chair of the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP). Singapore, on behalf of the Asian Group, seconded the nomination of Mr Santa Cruz and proposed candidates from China and Romania as Vice-Chairs. Brazil registered its support for this complement of candidates.