WIPO Plan for the Next Six Years: Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Rights of Broadcasting Organisations

Dr. Marisella Ouma of Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) at WIPO. KECOBO is the lead state agency on protection of broadcasting organisations and  traditional knowledge at domestic and international levels.

Dr. Marisella Ouma of Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) at WIPO. KECOBO is the lead state agency on protection of broadcasting organisations and traditional knowledge at domestic and international levels.

Earlier this month, Dr. Francis Gurry gave his acceptance speech following his successful re-election as World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Director General. In this speech, Gurry outlined clearly the focus of his second term. His speech stated in part:

I believe that the successful conclusion of the Beijing and Marrakesh Treaties shows us that it is easier to reach a shared understanding on specific issues, where there is a demonstrable and manageable need for international action, than to achieve a shared understanding across the whole range of intellectual property, which now underlies most economic and cultural activities. As we go forward on such specific issues, it will be important that the agenda address the interests of all sides of the multilateral equation. This means that the Organization must be able to address both the high end and the low end of technology. In concrete terms, for example, the Organization must achieve successful outcomes both on broadcasting and on traditional knowledge, traditional cultural expressions and genetic resources.

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