Other items on the agenda include a treaty to protect broadcasting organisations: there is a single text, but a text in which no issue is actually resolved. Meanwhile the WIPO awaits a recommendation to its General Assembly. Treaties on libraries are also on the cards, though it is not clear which way discussions will do since some countries are ready for negotiations while others are not.
|Pedro Velasco Martins|
Free trade agreements which have been, or are being, concluded with countries such as Canada, Singapore and the countries of the caucasus all contain an IP chapter. It has been a struggle to negotiate IP issues with India; meanwhile, negotiations will soon be opened with the US and Japan, so there's a lot going on at the moment.
In answer to a question from Chairman Hugh, Stan said the biggest challenge facing the USTR was not a matter of getting good laws on to the statute books, but of getting them used once they were there. The case of Ukraine, where use of unlawful software even in official circles is endemic, was cited.