Director General Welcomes Advances in Normative Agenda, Outlines Future Challenges
WIPO press release, 26 September 2011

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: The 49th series of meetings of the Assemblies of the Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) are being held from 26 September to 5 October 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland. Among other issues, the General Assembly will examine matters concerning the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore, which seeks approval of the renewal of its mandate for the next biennium, in order to agree upon a text of an international legal instrument or instruments to ensure the protection of genetic resources, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions. In his opening remarks, WIPO Director General Francis Gurry said the IGC made great progress, as texts have been prepared and have been actively negotiated. As underscored in an article by IP Watch, genetic resources remain a point of contention and negotiations on this topic are the least advanced of the IGC themes. South African Ambassador Abdul Minty made note of this during his opening statement on behalf of the African Group, saying that any further procrastination on the negotiations on mandatory disclosure requirement is undermining the letter and spirit of the mandate of the IGC.  Visit the meeting website … Follow the webcast … Read the WIPO press release … Read the IP Watch article …