November 09, 2007

Earlier this month, the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) Advisory Committee on Enforcement (ACE) met in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss the criminal enforcement of intellectual property laws around the globe. According to the WIPO meeting summary (link below), the ACE was founded in 2002 and serves “as a forum for discussion of enforcement matters with a mandate to cooperate with other intergovernmental organizations and the private sector to combat counterfeiting and piracy activities; undertake public education; provide assistance to member states on request; [and] to coordinate national and regional training programs for all relevant stakeholders and the exchange of information on enforcement issues.”

This particular meeting discussed a number of topics of particular interest, each presentation now being available to the public:

- Recent Activities of WIPO in the Field of Intellectual Property Enforcement and Future Work of the Advisory Committee on Enforcement (ACE) (PDF LINK)

- The Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights by Means of Criminal Sanctions: An Assessment (PDF LINK)

- Accreditation of Certain Non-Governmental Organizations (PDF LINK)

- Criminal Measures for Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights - Sanctions in the Andean Community (PDF LINK)

- Submission from the Russian Federation (Analysis Conducted in Accordance with Instructions in Annex I) (PDF LINK)

- A Comparative Analysis of the Legal Enforcement of Intellectual Property Offences in Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago (PDF LINK)

- The Socio-Economic Implications o Piracy to the Indian Entertainment Industry, as Well as Current Trends Related to the Criminal Enforcement Against That Kind of Piracy (PDF LINK)

The WIPO has created a webpage containing all presentations in English, French, and Spanish at the Presentation link below.

WIPO Meeting Summary: LINK
WIPO Presentation Summary: LINK

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