Property as a Tool for Sustainability: Focus on WIPO
Debra M. Amidon
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is an international
organization dedicated to promoting the use and protection of works of
the human spirit. According to their Website - http://www.wipo.int/,
these works – intellectual property – are expanding the bounds of
science and technology and enriching the world of the arts. Through
its work, WIPO plays an important role in enhancing the quality and
enjoyment of life, as well as creating real wealth for nations.
headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, WIPO is one of the 16 specialized
agencies of the United Nations system of organizations. It administers
23 international treaties dealing with different aspects of
intellectual property protection. The Organization includes
representatives from 179 nations.
WIPO has issued a Millennium Declaration - http://www.wipo.int/about-wipo/en/
- in which the term "intellectual property rights" is held
to mean in essence those rights enshrined in Article 27 of the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations
in 1948, namely that:
has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the
community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement
and its benefits.
has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests
resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of
which he is the author.
to the significant transformation now occurring within the finance and
accounting filed, we expect that there will be similar new alignments
necessary in the legal profession to align with the new Knowledge
Economy. In short, the previous focus on the content specifically
(i.e., copyright, patent, trademark et al) will likely shit more
toward the innovation process itself.
Intellectual Property Day
26 was World Intellectual Property Day, an opportunity
to highlight the significance of creativity and innovation in people's
daily lives and in the betterment of society. To mark the occasion,
WIPO Director General Dr. Kamil Idris issued the following message:
Creativity’, the theme of this year’s World Intellectual Property
Day, springs from the World Intellectual Property Organization’s
conviction that human inventiveness, harnessed by the intellectual
property system, is key to generating wealth, raising living standards
and enriching our global cultural heritage. The ability to generate
original and useful ideas and imagine a better future has fuelled
human progress since the beginning of time, generating a stream of
life-enhancing breakthroughs in areas such as environmental
protection, food security and healthcare, and a richer choice of
music, films, and books. WIPO is committed to the development of a
universal culture of creativity, in which the intellectual property
system is widely used to strengthen economic performance and enhance
wealth creation for the betterment of all. The components of the
intellectual property system such as patents, trademarks, and
copyright are powerful tools to capture the value of creativity and
knowledge to promote economic and cultural development. It is our
mission at WIPO to encourage use of this system to realize the
creative potential that lies in us all. This will help make this world
a better place for current and future generations.”
mark their event, the WIPO created an interactive tour of intellectual
property, produced a 30-second video spot on the theme, a list of
suggested activities, and the creation of the WIPO Creativity Award.
we hear about the trademark and patent activities of industrialized
nations. You might want to check out the events Antigua
to Zimbabwe that were held in conjunction with World
Intellectual Property Day - http://www.wipo.int/news/en/index.html.
There were television and radio broadcast events, interviews with
officers from the High Courts, feature newspaper articles,
presentations by Ministers and other state officials, conferences,
seminars, workshops, videos/films, book fairs, published articles,
awards, national posters, musical and dance programs, and even rallies
– all drawing attention to the importance of creativity, knowledge
and the process of innovation to put ideas into practice. Some
has National Innovation Awareness Council.
has a WIPO medal for creativity.
inaugurated its training program with an ‘Aula Internacional.”
published articles outlining he Regionally Focused Action Plan (RFAP).
produced translated versions of WIPO publications.
held a workshop “Encouraging Creativity” in conjunction with the
created the Diamond Jubilee Invention Award.
issued the WIPO Creativity Medal.
held regional workshops on technology management and
organized an open day exhibition and television broadcast.
issued a radio broadcast of the WIPO Secretary General.
acknowledged drama and music festivals along with a technological
exhibition of the National Student Congress on Science and Technology.
Republic organized a technical works creative competition with the
theme of ‘Intellectuals of the XXI Century.”
held exhibitions, awards ceremonies and videos on local television.
produced editorials in the local press.
hosted an international conference on recent developments in
Intellectual Property in Kuala Lumpur.
students participated in the Young Enterprise HSBC Company Programme.
held a ceremony bridging the Ministry of Mines and Industry and the
Ministry of Culture and Islamic Orientation with presentations from
the Association of Inventors and Innovators and the Association of
Writers and Poets.
held an Invention Fair during which the WIPO Gold Medal for
outstanding Inventors was awarded.
Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Information and Broadcasting, Basic
Education, Culture and Sport, Trade and Industry issued a joint press
hosted a ceremonial program.
of Moldova hosted workshops and issued a leaflet on Moldova’s
held a press conference with regional activities throughout the
held a training awareness program for small businesses.
Lanka hosted a national seminar with messages to 500 Young
Inventor’s Clubs all over the country.
held motivational workshops on ‘collective management.’
held competitions for the best inventor and best program of the
held exhibitions and promoted the (unpublished) “Diary from
Strasbourg” by Nikola Tesla.
hosted a reception, celebratory march, and concert with plans for a
follow-on All African Co-ordination Conference in Harare.
In short, if you think that the agenda of knowledge and innovation belongs to the industrialized nations of the world, think again!
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