Back from Singapore ...
The IPKat's great friend Tibor Gold (Kilburn & Strode) has returned from Singapore, where he took some time off from his client work and translating Court of First Instance decisions into English, in order to solve the world's problems. So what, in answer to the IPKat's queries, is the Singapore Treaty about? Tibor writes:
"I can say that it's a Treaty that replaces the 1994 one, modernizes it due to eg electronic communications, more multi-class countries, more unusual marks etc; however it has no substantive law, it's entirely procedural about the MAXIMUM any Patent Office may demand from applicants and right-holders when applying for registration, renewing, recording licences and assignments, changes of register details generally; plus the info that may be demanded from representatives.The IPKat thanks Tibor for taking the trouble to let him know what's happening.
The IPKat presents pictures of Tibor before (left) and after (right) his three weeks in the hot and sweaty tropics.
It turned into a very political negotiation with LDCs demanding technical aid and assistance to develop their laws, rules, staff and technology....".
... and off to Singapore again!
The IP Academy Singapore hosts its inaugural Global Forum on Intellectual Property 2006 on 21 and 22 August 2006. There's a marvellous all-star cast of speakers too. According to the Forum's website:
"The IP Academy is pleased to present its inaugural Global Forum on Intellectual Property 2006 (GFIP 2006) on 21 and 22 August 2006 at the Raffles City Convention Centre, Singapore.Details are available here.
GFIP 2006, one of the largest and the only multi-disciplinary IP forum in Asia Pacific to-date, will bring together some of the world’s most influential IP figures to explore and discuss new IP trends and to harness business opportunities in a setting conducive to creative thinking.
The theme of GFIP 2006 is "Tilting the Global Balance in the IPR landscape : The Strategic Implications of the growth in the Asia Pacific region". A distinguished line-up of international speakers and panelists will consider and address how Asia Pacific’s growing economic influence, led by China, India and the Middle East, will exert an increasing influence on global IP creation, protection, exploitation and management.
GFIP is expected to draw about 400 delegates from various IP related fields around the world".