|Intrepid WIPO staff searching for a fresh|
place to spread word of their services
Be'er Sheva, a booming town surrounded by technology parks and industrial zones which is perched close to the edge of the Negev desert. There, before an audience of some 98 registrants, the seminar commenced in the lovely, modern premises of the Carasso Science Park.
[all these essays are hosted on the Israel Patent Office website, on its Hebrew pages].
|WIPO's message -- but not|
a faceless one ...
followed, with a slightly condensed but no less useful presentation on the bewildering variety of databases available for IP platforms and the connected knowledge economy. Following lunch and slightly delayed by technical issues in which this Kat may have inadvertently had a paw, the final WIPO speaker, Paolo Lanteri, gave the brightest, breeziest presentation of the day when he tackled digital copyright developments, most of which pertained to the legal and commercial issues concerning computer games (leaving us all very 'twitchy') and user-generated content. There then followed a bit of question-and-answer and a chance for everyone to clap hands, say goodbye and step out into the gentle, warming sun -- maybe none the wiser but definitely better informed.
|A little reading before you attend|
the Roving Seminar might be a good idea
If you live in a country that has not yet been blessed with a visit from the Roving Seminars but would like to receive one, do contact your local intellectual property office and suggest they offer to host one. If you're running a national office and you're not sure who to contact at WIPO about getting one going, email Victor Vazquez-Lopez. He'll know what to do!