March 06, 2008

I came across this interesting resource and thought it would be worthy of sharing. Since 1998, the World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”) has published an online and print version of WIPO Magazine, covering various intellectual-property related issues. Although the March-April 2008 issue should be out at any time, the current issue on the WIPO website (January-February 2008) contains a number of interesting articles, including the following:

Climate Change –The Technology Challenge – the first article of a new series regarding “the challenge to find technological solutions to climate change”

Towards a Green Stone Age? - an article describing a new composite material created my TechnoCarbon Technologies (Germany) “that its inventors hope may contribute to cutting greenhouse gas emissions in the construction and manufacturing sectors”

Patenting and Access to Clean Energy Technologies in Developing Countries – a discussion of a research paper from John Barton of Stanford University exploring whether intellectual property may actually be a “bottleneck in the solar, biofuels and wind energy sectors”

In the Courts: Bridging Moral Rights and Public Utility – a discussion regarding the moral rights of an architect in his work under Spanish copyright law

The European Community Joins the Hague System – an article discussing the accession of the European Community (EC) to the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs

Design law in the European fashion sector – an article discussing “the relevance of design law in the fashion sector” following the accession of the EC to the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement

Sixty Years of Wham-O – an article discussing the company behind a number of well-known toys, including The Hula Hoop and the Frisbee

IP and Business: Managing IP as a Set of Business Assets – a discussion of ICM Gathering, which is “a group of knowledge-based international corporations in the U.S., which meet regularly to share insights and develop best practices on how to obtain value from managing intellectual property”

IP Intrigue: From Patent Battle to Bestseller – an article discussing two works inspired by patent litigation which have recently been receiving media coverage

Welcome to the Public Domain – an article listing a number of authors, artists, and musicians whose work will enter the public domain in jurisdictions with a seventy (70) year period of post-mortem copyright protection

WIPO High Level Forum for Least Developed Countries – a discussion of a December, 2007 WIPO seminar highlighting “the importance of intellectual property (IP) as a strategic tool for alleviating poverty and promoting wealth creation”

New Parties to WIPO Administered Treaties in 2007 – a discussion of thirty-four (34) “instruments of accession or ratification of treaties” administered by WIPO in 2007

In the News – a compilation of several brief articles (appearing every issue)

Links to each article are available above, and links to the current issue and the PDF archive of past issues are provided below.

Current Issue of WIPO Magazine: LINK
Archive of Prior Issues (PDFs): LINK

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