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Month: October 2017

International Internet Stakeholders Convene in Abu Dhabi for ICANN60

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – 30 October 2017 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) kicked off its 60th Public Meeting in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). From 28 October to 3 November, more than 2,500 regional and worldwide participants are gathering for discussions about the policies regarding the Internet’s system of unique identifiers. One of the key topics at ICANN60 is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union. The meeting is also an important forum for cross-community discussions on a number of ongoing projects in ICANN. The host of the meeting is the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the UAE.
H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the UAE, spoke at the ICANN60 Opening Ceremony. Al Mansoori remarked, “The significance of this event stems from the fact that ICANN has always been the safety…

Worldwide Internet Stakeholders to Meet at ICANN’s 60th Public Meeting in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, UAE… The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) will hold its 60th Public Meeting, ICANN60, in the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from 28 October to 3 November. ICANN60 is hosted by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The meeting will bring together international stakeholders from government, business, civil society, non-government organizations, research institutions, technical communities & other people. The sessions will enable discussions on a broad range of Internet-related topics & inform the audience on latest issues of concern to the stakeholders. The meeting will be a platform for developing policies for the Domain Name System.
At the Opening Ceremony on 30 October, H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of UAE, ICANN Board Chair Dr. Stephen Crocker & ICANN President & CEO Göran Marby will address the audience. They will provide a high-level overview of…

WIPO Member States End Assemblies with Key Agreements on Future Work

Geneva, October 11, 2017PR/2017/812
WIPO member states concluded their annual Assemblies meetings with key agreements that affirm the work of the Organization in advancing an effective & balanced intellectual property system.
In closing remarks to the October 2-11 Assemblies meetings, Director General Francis Gurry welcomed the spirt of engagement by member states, saying: “I think that the results have been very positive. You, the member states, have given us, the Secretariat, the basis for going forward with the work of the organization. & I thank you for that confidence.”
“It’s true that the discussions are becoming more & more intense in the field of intellectual property, but there is a very positive side to that, which is the growing interest in the field of intellectual property & innovation & creativity,” he said.
The membership agreed on a program and budget for the 2018-2019 biennium that foresees a 10.9% increase in revenue from growing demand for WIPO’s globe IP-filing & other services, without an increase in user fees. Spending growth will be contained at 2.7% & no new staff posts are planned.
As part of the program and budget for the 2018/19 biennium, member states approved special funding for capital investments to ensure that WIPO is able to carry out its mandate, with a particular emphasis on strengthening information & communication technology.
Member states also agreed to consider opening up to four external offices for 2018/2019, including in Colombia, expanding the organization’s network of overseas offices.
In addition, member states agreed on a renewed two-year mandate for negotiations…

ICANN Releases a Study on the Digital Economy in the Middle East, North Africa & Turkey in the Run-Up to ICANN60

Istanbul, Turkey…The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) is pleased to announce the release of a study on the status of the regional digital economy, titled “Accelerating the Digital Economy in the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey” [PDF, 422 KB]. Commissioned by ICANN, the study identifies the dynamics of the current digital economy & recommends points of development in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey (MENAT). ICANN had commissioned a similar study in 2014 with the same aim in a global context: “Greasing the Wheels of the Digital Economy” [PDF, 983 KB].
This study serves as part of ICANN’s efforts to foster engagement between ICANN & the broader Internet community, and to help build a strong & competitive domain name industry in the region. The study focuses on 410 million people living in 15 countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia,…

WIPO & the Research-Based Pharmaceutical Industry Team up to Facilitate Access to Key Medicine Patent Information

Geneva, October 3, 2017PR/2017/811
Released jointly by WIPO and IFPMA
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the research-based pharmaceutical industry today launched a new partnership to promote the accessibility of patent information for health agencies tasked with procurement of medicines.
WIPO Director General Francis Gurry & Mr. Thomas Cueni, Director General of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA), signed an agreement establishing the Patent Information Initiative for Medicines, or “Pat-INFORMED,” on the sidelines of the Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO.
WIPO Director General Francis Gurry (center), Malawi’s Minister for Justice & Constitutional Affairs Samuel B. Tembenu (left), and Thomas Cueni, Director General of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA). (Photo: WIPO/Martin.) More photos on Flickr.WIPO & IFPMA, the globe trade association representing the research-based pharmaceutical industry, are co-sponsors of the initiative, which originated in the industry’s efforts to add clarity to the patent information around medicines. It couples the industry’s work in this area with WIPO’s well-established expertise in organizing patent data from across the international.
Pat-INFORMED will clearly link public patent information to registered medicines in a new online global gateway, helping health professionals to navigate the medicine-procurement process for the benefit of their citizens. 
“Pat-INFORMED will make it easier for procurement experts to assess the patent status of medicines, underlining how a well-designed & implemented patent system incentivizes innovation while making available and accessible key information about patented inventions,” said Mr. Gurry. “I welcome the engagement of IFPMA and its membership in this initiative, which…

WIPO Director General Calls for Expanded Membership in International IP Systems, Highlights Organization’s Achievements & Future Priorities

Geneva, October 2, 2017PR/2017/810
WIPO Director General Francis Gurry called for greater participation in WIPO’s intercontinental patent, trademark and design systems & said the Organization is adapting to new challenges stemming from an accelerating rate of globe innovation.
Video: DG’s opening address to the WIPO Assemblies Video | Full text In an address opening the 57th Series of Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO, Mr. Gurry recounted the Organization’s achievements in the 2016-17 biennium, which he said ended with a favorable financial position.
Director General Francis Gurry at the opening of the WIPO Assemblies 2017 (Photo: WIPO).Speaking of WIPO’s Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), Madrid System for Worldwide Registration of Marks & the Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs, Mr. Gurry said: “These systems provide the best means for managing the growing demand for intellectual property globe, as well as for obtaining effective intellectual property protection in the international market.”
Noting Indonesia’s planned accession to the Madrid System as the 100th contracting party, Mr. Gurry urged all Member States “to consider seriously the benefits of these systems and the possibility of joining them, if they have not already done so.”
Mr. Gurry said the WIPO-administered IP systems account for 93% of the Organization’s budget compared to 4% coming from Member States contributions.
Mr. Gurry noted that the overall financial situation of the Organization “continues to be robust.” Results for 2016 were very positive, with the year ending with a surplus of 32 million Swiss Francs. Comparable results may be expected at the end of…

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