April 24, 2014

Reference: WIPO Releases Major Expansion of Global Brand Database

From the World Intellectual Property Organization: The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) announced today a major expansion of its public database of trademark and brand information. The newest addition of six national collections of trademark records – including the entire United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) collection – takes the Global Brand Database from 2.2 to […]

WIPO Advances Toward Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works by Persons with Print Disabilities, Morocco To Host Conference

From a WIPO Announcement: “Meeting in extraordinary session, the WIPO [World Intellectual Property Organization] General Assembly took a landmark decision today to convene a diplomatic conference in 2013 to complete negotiations on a pact to improve access to copyrighted works for the many visually impaired and people with print disabilities around the world. The General […]

Report and Documents: WIPO Copyright Committee Meeting Opens in Geneva

The 24th meeting of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) opened today in Geneva. IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations) has posted a brief introduction about the meetings and the first day of discussions. During the next ten day, the 185 WIPO Member States will discuss copyright […]

WIPO Meeting: SCCR Releases Draft Compilation on Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries and Archives

UPDATE: Written comments on limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives until end of February 2012. Details here. From the International Federation of Library Associations: The marathon 23rd session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights continued at WIPO over the weekend. Discussion on Saturday concerned a proposed WIPO Draft Treaty for the […]

WIPO Meeting: European Versus American Interpretations of Orphan Works

UPDATE: WIPO: Great progress at library days (via IFLA; November 24, 2011) From the Knowledge Economy Blog: The WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) is now discussing the topic of orphan works in deliberations on limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives. The US has a broader view of what constitutes an […]

Copyright: Today is World Intellectual Property Day + Notable Dates in U.S. Copyright History

In a Note on the Copyright.gov Web Site, Maria A. Pallante, Acting Register of Copyrights, Writes: Copyright markets are fundamentally important to the economy. The core copyright industries constitute 6.4 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product, contributing nearly $890 billion to the overall economy. These industries help stimulate overall economic growth, employ millions of […]

Recently Launched Online: WIPO's Global Brand Database

From a WIPO [World Intellectual Property Organization] Announcement: A new on-line tool launched by will make it easier to search over 640,000 records relating to internationally protected trademarks, appellations of origin and armorial bearings, flags and other state emblems as well as the names, abbreviations and emblems of intergovernmental organizations. The Global Brand Database allows […]