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Summary Report of WIPO's expert group deliberations on a sui generis legal regime to protect folkloreSubmitted by thiru on 26. July 2010 - 8:59
WIPO's First Intersessional Working Group (IWG 1) concluded its five days of deliberations on Friday, 23 July 2010 substantially closer to its goal of establishing a sui generis legal regime for the protection of traditional cultural expressions/expressions of folklore. On Friday, the WIPO secretariat distributed a summary report of the first IWG (attached below).
WIPO drafting groups release text for a possible legal instrument for the protection of traditional cultural expressionsSubmitted by thiru on 23. July 2010 - 5:08
As mentioned in two previous KEI blogs, the WIPO's First Intersessional Working Group received its mandate from the 16th WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) to 'provide legal and technical advice and analysis, including, where appropriate, options and scenarios for consideration of the IGC' including the outcomes, recommendations and texts relating to the discussion specifically on a working document containing draft provisions for a possible instrument for the protection of traditional cultural expressions/e
KEI interventions on possible WIPO legal instrument for the protection of traditional cultural expressionsSubmitted by thiru on 21. July 2010 - 22:37
As mentioned in a previous piece entitled WIPO expert committee deliberates on road map to protect traditional cultural expressions, WIPO has convened an intersessional working group (IWG) comprised of experts from countries and observer organizations to examine draft provisions of a document prepared by the WIPO secretariat on 'The Protection of Traditional Cultural Expressions/Expressions of Folklore: Revised Objectives and Principles'. The IWG runs from July 19-23, 2010.
On Saturday, July 17, 2010, I said on twitter, "Apparently Luc Devigne is out as head #acta negotiator for EU." There were a number of sources for this inside the European Union and also among other trade bodies or governments following or participating in the ACTA negotiations.
This was re-tweeted extensively, and resulted in various commentary and reporting on LucDevigne's rule in ACTA, including speculation on the reasons for the change.
Article 2.3 of the July 1, 2010 version of the ACTA text provides for "Other Remedies" for infringement. The Japan, Switzerland and EU versions of the text appear to be overreaching, including for example by directly conflicting with explicit TRIPS provisions and provisions in the laws of ACTA negotiating countries, including several European Countries.
From 19-23 July 2010, WIPO has convened an Intersessional Working Group to examine a WIPO document on 'Revised Provisions for the Protection of Traditional Cultural Expressions/Expressions of Folklore' (WIPO/GRTKF/IC/17/4).
The July 1, 2010 ACTA text includes several provisions that would set global norms for damages, including most importantly, on pages 6 and 7, Article 2.2 on Damages. Also relevant are the provisions in Article 2.X on General Obligations with Respect to Enforcement, on page 5.
From the July 1, 2010 text of ACTA:
Article 2.X Injunctions
This week, the European Commission conducted two briefings for members of the European Parliament.
On Monday, July 12, members of the European Parliament's INTA Committee (Committee on International Trade) were briefed by EU ACTA negotiators Luc Devigne and Pedro Valesco in a private, closed meeting.
Today, July 13, Karel De Gucht, EU Commissioner for Trade held a public briefing in the LIBE Committee (Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs). The video is now available here
WIPO documents related to the April 25-28, 1988 session of the Committee of Experts on Measures Against Counterfeiting and Piracy are available here.
The consolidated file includes an agenda, a February 18 document on "Model Provisions for National Laws" (document C&P/CE/2), a February 18 memorandum on "Provisions in the Paris, Berne and Neighboring Rights Conventions" (document C&P/CE/3), and a report of the meeting that was adopted on April 28, 1988.
The July 23, 1990 draft of the TRIPS Agreement contained the following proposal to deal with trade in counterfeit and pirated goods.
1B.1 Desirous of providing for adequate procedures and remedies to discourage international trade in counterfeit and
pirated goods while ensuring an unimpeded flow of trade in legitimate goods;
At a June 28, 2010 Geneva workshop on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. Dr. Zhao Hong, from the Permanent Mission of the People's Republic of China to the World Trade Organization, distributed a proposal that was prepared for the June 8-9, 2010 meeting of the WTO TRIPS Council:
Decisions to be taken
Decision of the TRIPS Council on the Relationship between the TRIPS Agreement and Intellectual Property Provisions of bilateral, plurilteral Trade Agreeements
Canada's intervention to SCCR 20: 'International instrument on access to protected materials by persons with print disabilities'Submitted by thiru on 6. July 2010 - 7:14
The following intervention was delivered by John Gero, Canada's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO) during SCCR 20. Ambassador Gero is currently serving as the Chair of the WTO General Council.
Thank you Mr. Chairman