Some progress at WIPO General Assemblies

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) delegates met for the 48th General Assemblies from 2 – 11 October. The meeting was extremely well attended with 191 member states present.

In its statement, the European Union’s statement highlighted the importance of IP: “In our increasingly knowledge-based economies, the protection of intellectual property is important for promoting innovation and creativity, developing employment, and improving competitiveness and growth.”

“Goods and services that do not respect the intellectual property created by others concern us all as citizens, consumers, businesses and taxpayers,” continued the statement.

Meanwhile, WIPO Director General Frances Gurry called on the organisation to start engaging in innovation, the Internet of things and artificial intelligence in the medium and longer term.

No agreement was reached on the work of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR), meaning it will continue meeting as scheduled to discuss its work programme.

Overall, the 9-day meeting was a success with the 2018/2019 budget being approved, and a new mandate and work programme for the committee on the protection of genetic resources and traditional knowledge being agreed on.