The Patent Office informs interested parties of 3 current hot topics:
- The WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights is considering a potential new treaty on the rights of broadcasting organisations. The next session of the Committee (expected in November) will discuss the Chairman’s consolidated version of the text of the treaty.
- An statutory instrument can be expected this autumn, implementing the artist’s right to a share of the proceeds from any resale of his work into UK law. The IPKat comments that the burning question of “What is art?” is going to become even more important for lawyers.
- The Patent Office is commissioning research concerning whether the term of protection for some works, specifically sound recordings, is correct, although any changes would have to be agreed by all EU Member States.