Second Annual WIPO Intellectual Property Judges Forum

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One hundred and twenty eight judges from 74 countries gathered at WIPO headquarters in Geneva for the second annual Intellectual Property Judges Forum, which provides a global platform for judges to share expertise on the most pressing IP questions raised by accelerating innovation and the cross-border use of IP.

In addressing the judges, Mr. Gurry said that technological change was happening at such a rapid pace that rule-making deliberative bodies, like national legislatures, were struggling to keep up.

WIPO Legal Counsel Frits Bontekoe presented two new initiatives responding to judges’ requests for facilitation by WIPO of access to judicial decisions from other jurisdictions:

  • expansion of the free on-line WIPO Lex database to include judicial decisions on IP, and;
  • a new published series containing landmark IP judgments that illustrates judicial approaches to IP.  The first volume entitled, “WIPO Collection of Leading Judgments on Intellectual Property,” and published in collaboration with the Supreme People’s Court of China, was launched at the Forum.

Panel discussion topics during the November 13-15, 2019 meeting included emerging issues in copyright, trademark and designs, and issues arising in the adjudication of cross-border IP disputes.

The IP Judges Forum is an annual event organized by the WIPO Judicial Institute as part of the Organization’s work with the judiciaries.

Source: WIPO