Intellectual and Cultural Property

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Cambodia has recorded Kampot Pepper as the first geographical indication registered via the WIPO, protecting its geographic origin.

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The annual World Intellectual Property Indicators Report collects and analyzes intellectual property (IP) data from some 150 national and regional offices to inform on macro trends in innovation and creativity. The report's 2019 figures, which pre-date the COVID-19 pandemic, underline the long-building growth in demand for the intellectual property tools that incentivize an increasingly global and digital-focused economy, said WIPO Director General Daren Tang.

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The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center has registered its 50,000th “cybersquatting” case, a major milestone capping two decades of pro-consumer activity ensuring Internet users can easily find genuine sites for the brands they love and trust. The Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) is at the heart of WIPO’s anti-cybersquatting service.  It was created in 1999 by WIPO and is used by brand owners around the world to combat abuse of their trademarks in domain names. 

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Today, the works of almost no living composers are performed on global opera stages. Is granting exclusive rights to new opera works actually excluding them from the stage?

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WIPO unveils the first of the new series of "Creative Economy Notes" exploring how character owners may trademark their characters in addition to protecting them under the copyright framework.


Visit the newly launched "WIPO: AI and IP, A Virtual Experience." Interactive elements include AI-created music, neural networks with human-like abilities and robotic artists, like the humanoid Ai-Da.

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The theme of this year's Global Innovation Index is timely given the human and global economic damage wreaked by the COVID-19 global pandemic.

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WIPO supports creators around the world in ensuring they are recognized and fairly remunerated for their work by increasing knowledge and awareness of their intellectual property rights.

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WIPO has launched the Madrid Application Assistant, which automatically records all the information required to complete an international application and helps reduce the risk of irregularities. The Assistant helps generate high-quality applications by importing data from the original trademarks database. The application is automatically pre-populated with contact details to a full list of goods and services. Built-in features also include verification of the classification of the list of goods and services, as well as its translation.

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WIPO PROOF provides evidence of the creation process.  It provides a tool to protect the work of innovators and creators on the journey from concept to development to commercialization.

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The Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances officially enters into force and can begin improving earning conditions for actors and other audiovisual performers – a development with added importance amid the negative impact on cultural production by the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Treaty is designed to help audiovisual performers – television and film actors, musicians, dancers, and others – many of whom live from job to job in precarious economic circumstances.

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"The Beijing Treaty is the most important thing that has happened to actors since the invention of cinema," says renowned actor, Javier Bardem. The Beijing Treaty deals with the intellectual property rights of performers.

By the time you're 18, the internet has collected 70,000 data points from you. Privacy of young people in the digital space is also a human right.

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For this edition, hosts Sinduja Srinivasan and Jason DeWall talk with Joe Cannataci about the right to privacy. An independent UN expert, Mr. Cannataci is one of the world authorities on data protection and internet regulation.