Have you ever wondered what the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) does in terms of its own IP enforcement? An interested reader asked the Kats what they thought of this copyright notice, appended to a survey:
www.wipo.int, under “Contact us”.While this Kat was intrigued by the terminology of "Certain rights reserved" (unlike "Uncertain rights", which most copyright seems to be these days?), Merpel was curious about WIPO's enforcement policy. Has the great organization ever gone to court, or to arbitration, in order to protect its rights? Can it even do so? Merpel has a hunch that this United Nations agency, under the WIPO Convention, enjoys in WIPO member states only "... such legal capacity as may be necessary for the fulfilment of the Organization’s objectives and for the exercise of its functions" (Article 12). These are defined in Articles 3 and 4 in suitably lofty terms, but do they include the enforcement of its own IP rights?
[is that its name or its colour?], CityPoint, 1 Ropemaker Street, London, EC2Y 9AW and it starts at 6.30pm. For further information or to reserve a place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Their next event, on 15 February, stars one of England and Wales's most dynamic, socially minded, ambitious and beautiful young intellectual property judges, Colin Birss QC, speaking on "The Reformed Patents County Court: Opportunities for Junior IP Practitioners". Venue: Simmons & Simmons (CityPoint, as above). Time: 6.00pm (registration), talk 6.30pm (prompt) to 7.30pm, talk followed by Q&A and what dynamic, socially minded, ambitious and beautiful young intellectual property enthusiasts do best ... This is however a serious event, so this time you have to email email@example.com to gain admission. If you are a DSMA and BYIP person, but haven't yet joined, do so now, here.