WIPO Assemblies Close, Marked by Robust Growth in Treaty Accessions, Guidance on Future Work

02 de octubre de 2018

During the September 24-October 2, 2018 meetings, member states agreed to push forward with negotiations on proposed treaties on broadcasting as well as IP and genetic resources, traditional knowledge and folklore, and a Design Law Treaty.

This, together with nine new accessions or ratifications of WIPO treaties, showed member states’ strong engagement with the IP systems administered by WIPO and underlined the member states’ commitment to the multilateral system, said WIPO Director General Francis Gurry.

“Intellectual property rights form the incentive structure for innovators and creators worldwide, while the treaty-based global IP system administered by the WIPO secretariat facilitates orderly cross-border trade in the technological and cultural products that foster growth and improve lives everywhere,” said Mr. Gurry.  

During the Assemblies, WIPO member states joined many of the Organization’s treaties, including:

Throughout the Assemblies, delegates worked together to shape and evolve the global IP system.  Among other actions (in agenda order) taken at the WIPO Assemblies, delegates:

In addition, WIPO and the research-based pharmaceutical industry launched a new online tooldesigned to help procurement agencies better understand the global patent status of medicines.  The Patent Information Initiative for Medicines (Pat-INFORMED) is a unique resource where patent holders provide information about patents covering approved medicines through a free, open access database.

On the occasion of the Assemblies, the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center agreed with six further member states to work together to develop and promote ways of resolving IP disputes outside the courts. The Center also informed member states that it had received a record number of Internet domain name cases filed by trademark holders.

WIPO Member States organized a series of events and exhibitions on the sidelines of the Assemblies, including those by Poland, the Baltic States, the CACEEC grouping, Republic of KoreaJapanMoldovaPortugalUnited Arab EmiratesArgentinaPeru and Croatia. Full coverage, including a series of WIPO Secretariat informational sessions, can be found on the Assemblies Spotlight page.

The General Assembly was chaired by Ambassador Duong Chi Dung, Viet Nam’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva. In closing remarks, he thanked delegations for their active engagement throughout the Assemblies.


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