|The AmeriKat's favorite painter acted as a backdrop|
of AIPPI's 2016 Congress Opening Ceremony
|Francis Gurry addressing the Congress|
- Clearing the registered IP application backlog. There is demand for IP protection by the sheer number of applications pending (e.g. 2.7 million patent applications). However, the system is struggling to keep up with the demand. How are we going to address this?
- Policy harmonization between patent offices has greatly increased by the sharing of platforms and infrastructure between IP offices. This should continue.
- Copyright will continue to present challenges. A recent survey found that revenue from the creative industries exceeded those of telecoms and the entire GDP of India ($1,900 billion), but copyright law is under pressure. It is a real challenge to identify exactly where value resides given the new business models and value chains. There is significant on-going work on these issues currently undertaken by the Commission (see recent Kat posts here) to ensure that copyright is fulfilling its function in the new economy and is continuing to provide a mechanism to finance culture.
- The tension between globalization and diversity will continue and there is no easy fix. Globalization requires a certain amount of functionality to be standardized. We all want our phones to work as soon as we land in whichever country. These standards are created by international rules. However, in wanting international standardization, we also have to be mindful of national rules that preserve and promote diversity of products to encourage economic growth at a state level.