May 05, 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 May-June 2008 issue should be out at any time, the current issue on the WIPO website (March-April 2008) contains a number of interesting articles, including the following:

IP and Business: IP Strategies in the Textile Industry - An SME faces the challenge – an article discussing intellectual property strategies of luxury textile company located in San Leucio, Italy

Climate Change: From Cows to Kilowatts – A Case Study in Successful Technology Transfer – the second article of a new series regarding the “Cows to Kilowatts” initiative in Nigeria which is a “partnership project which aims to reduce the water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from slaughterhouse waste”

Climate Change: Green Branding - Cashing in on the Eco-Market – the third article of a new series regarding discussing the “flourishing business of green branding” and related certification marks and eco-labeling

In the Courts: Pursuing the P2P Pirates – Balancing Copyright and Privacy Rights – a discussion of a January European Court of Justice ruling seen as “a victory for Internet access providers over demands by record companies to disclose the identities of copyright-infringing file sharers”

The Digital Music Market - Educating Users – an article with statistics on the changes from traditional CD sales to sales of digital music, including the Digital Music Report 2008 by IFPI

A Day in the Life of an IP Blog-Meister – a discussion of Jeremy Phillips, his IPKat blog, legal blogging in general, and his perspective on “what it takes to run one successfully”

Record Demand for WIPO Services in 2007 – an article discussing the 2007 increase “in Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications and in international trademark registrations under the Madrid system, as well as an unprecedented number of complainants filing cybersquatting cases”

Debated Heroes from the Deep Sea - Marine Genetic Resources – an article discussion the United Natioins Law on the Sea and ownership of marine genetic IP

Invention Awards – a discussion on recent invention exhibitions held in Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and Thailand

Committee Meetings – a summary on recent committee meetings including the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property Traditional Knowledge, Genetic Resource, and Folklore, the Committee on Development and Intellectual Property, the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights, and the extraordinary session of the WIPO Assemblies

In the News – a series of brief articles including “Indian Film Industry Losing Billions to Piracy,” “Copyright – Superman’s New Power?,” “Paris Convention - 125th Anniversary,” “Climate Change Focus of European Patent Forum 2008,” and “IP Auction: Sold! US$6 Million to the Bidder on the Phone!”

Letters and Comment – a series of letters from individuals around the world related to intellectual property

Book Review: Teaching of Intellectual Property - Principles and Methods – a synopsis of this new book whereby “internationally renowned IP professors and practitioners share their teaching techniques and offer advice on what to include in coursework”

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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