Daily Archives: April 17, 2009

The global problem of counterfeiting & piracy and the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)

http://www.ip-watch.org/weblog/2009/04/14/the-acta-threat-to-the-future-of-wipo/
This link is to an interesting piece on IP Watch written by Dr Michael Geist discussing the organisation, role and possible intentions of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).  The writer suggests that lack of developing country participation in talks for this agreement could mean:

“non-member countries will face great pressure to adhere to the treaty or to implement its provisions within their domestic laws, particularly as part of bilateral or multilateral trade negotiations”

He also observed:

”it seems odd to conclude an anti-counterfeiting treaty without the participation of the countries most often identified as the sources or targets of counterfeiting activities”

In his summary he makes a case for more involvement from developing countries to have their say:

“the developing world faces a stark choice – remain on the ACTA sidelines and face a future filled with pressure to implement its provisions or demand a seat at the table now [to] … ensure that the counterfeiting and piracy concerns of the global community are appropriately addressed.”

Clearly a controversial topic with talk of “secret” meetings and leaked information – there is a hint of conspiracy even!  For this view see docs in connection to the agreements Wikipedia page and the Inquisitr site:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Counterfeiting_Trade_Agreement or
http://www.inquisitr.com/21747/secret-acta-international-copyright-treaty-leaked-to-wikileaks/
For a more sober view from the technology press see:
http://www.computerworlduk.com/community/blogs/index.cfm?entryid=2101&blogid=14

What skills are useful to an IP manager?

In 2007 we held a meeting of the IP managers of the CGIAR and their national partner counterparts. It was the first NPI meeting.  During this meeting we asked participants to imagine the skills of the perfect IP manager. This is a selection of what they came up with….

photo by IBERPRESS for CAS-IP

photo by IBERPRESS for CAS-IP

I have thought about this exercise many times since — and the posts I made this week made me again reflect on the broad scope of the role of IP management!