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Is Netflix reducing piracy in Australia?

Sydney, 29 October 2015 - New research from the IP Awareness Foundation shows that Netflix might have reduced piracy rates in Australia. According to the report, the main reason Australians pirate less is found in the availability of legal alternatives such as Netflix. However, it still remains difficult to establish a direct causal relationship between the two.

WIPO’s 2016/17 programme and budget approved

Geneva, 29 October 2015 - WIPO member states approved the Organisation’s programme and budget for the two-year period beginning in 2016. They also made good progress on a wide range of issues.

Historic Pacific trade deal agreed but faces hurdles

Washington, 14 October 2015 - On 5 October, twelve Pacific Rim countries reached the most ambitious trade pact in a generation, aiming to liberalise commerce in 40 % of the world's economy. Negotiated between Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States, and Vietnam, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is one of the biggest fr

IP Summit: 3 & 4 December 2015, Berlin

Berlin, 14 October 2015 - Over 100 high-level speakers and some 500 delegates will convene at the Pan-European Intellectual Property Summit (IP Summit) in Berlin. Taking place on 3 & 4 December 2015, this 10th edition aims at discussing trademark, patent, copyright and design major recent evolutions, actions, issues and ongoing EU Reforms. Speakers include:

Statement from ICMP Director General Ger Hatton at WIPO General Assembly (SCCR agenda item)

Geneva, 7 October 2015 - ICMP would like to first acknowledge the work of WIPO, and thank the Deputy Director General Ms. Leer, the Secretariat and the Chair of SCCR for the quality work you undertake, and the care of duty you demonstrate for the various important files you attempt to carry forward.

TTIP court proposals and slow pace of negotiations

Brussels, 29 September 2015 - MEPs have given a mixed reaction to new proposals aimed at solving trade disputes between companies and governments in the TTIP EU-US trade deal. Under new proposals tabled by the European Commission, disputes would be heard by a 15-judge tribunal and hearings would be open to the public, while also being accessible online.