September 29, 2006

The 33rd (16th Extraordinary) Session of the WIPO General Assembly began this week in Geneva, Switzerland. This Session, running from September 25th to October 3rd, includes a session on patents ("Report on the Progress of the Standing Committee on the Law of Patents in Respect of the Draft Substantive Patent Law Treaty and Consideration of a New Work Plan for 2007") and trademarks ("Outcome of the Diplomatic Conference for the Adoption of a Revised Trademark Law Treaty"). The Session will also include discussions on "Matters Concerning the Advisory Committee on Enforcement," " Matters Concerning the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore," and "Matters Concerning Internet Domain Names." In addition, a "Report on the Provisional Committee on Proposals Related to a WIPO Development Agenda (PCDA)" and a "Proposal of the Kyrgyz Republic on Agenda Item 8 "Report of the Provisional Committee on Proposals Related to a WIPO Development Agenda (PCDA)"" will be presented, and a discussion regarding the "Protection of Audiovisual Performances" and the "Protection of Broadcasting Organizations" will also occur. The WIPO General Assembly meets on an annual basis in Geneva to discuss pertinent intellectual property issues, noting that several of the same topics are discussed each year as intellectual property practice evolves. The first link below includes links to all documents & reports available for the 33rd Session, and does appear to be updated over time.

WIPO 33rd Session Website: LINK
General WIPO "Conferences, Meetings, and Seminars" Website: LINK


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