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EPO President Battistelli’s Term Extended Amid Staff Concerns bit.ly/TJghds 

The term of European Patent Office (EPO) President Benoît Battistelli has been extended for three years to 30 June 2018. The vote by the European Patent Organisation Administrative Council strongly backed Battistelli’s quality and efficiency reforms, but sparked unhappiness from staff who see the president as a “dictator”.

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When Cornish Pasty (GI) Meets Feta Cheese (AO) At WIPO For Equal Protection bit.ly/VzJZDs 

An amendment to elevate the status of geographical indications at the World Intellectual Property Organization appears to be on track for a high-level final negotiation in 2015 after a meeting last week.
A number of pending issues remain as the draft amendment heads to the annual assembly in September. In addition, a new fee schedule is up for approval in September to increase financial sustainability of the agreement.

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WIPO Copyright Committee: More Rights Or Limitations/Exceptions? bit.ly/1qJJ2ml 

The World Intellectual Property Organization #copyright committee meets next week with some uncertainty. Unable to agree on the future work of the committee at the end of the last session, delegates will have to decide how they want to advance work on a proposed treaty protecting broadcasting organisations, and on limitations and exceptions to copyright for the benefit of libraries and education.

The 28th session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) is taking place from 30 June to 4 July.
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The Right To Be Forgotten: Balancing Conflicting Rights http://bit.ly/1yR7Ugp

In a widely publicised case last month, the Cour de justice (ECJ) applied the “right to be forgotten,” requesting that internet search engines, under certain circumstances, delist links to personal data upon request. The court’s decision establishes a contentious balance between the right to #privacy and the public’s right to access to information. While some argue in favour of these decisions, others fear the larger worldwide implications that cases are leading to. #internet   #personaldata

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WIPO Report Indicates Unprecedented Rise In Renewable #Energy Tech Innovation 

A new report commissioned by WIPO shows a huge increase in patent filings related to #renewable energy technologies. The #patent landscape in this area indicates that #innovation is taking place across a greater geographical scope, and is shifting towards the global East. The report, presented this week, opens up questions for policymakers, and for further research regarding drivers for these trends and other measures of #innovation . http://bit.ly/1jt4ZAD 

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A World Intellectual Property Organization working group considering amendments to the Patent Cooperation Treaty ended a weeklong meeting in relative agreement, in contrast to recent WIPO meetings. Agreement was found on delicate issues such as reduction of fees or procedures for appointing international authorities. Integration of the Patent Prosecution Highway, however, was not accepted.

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Sustainable Energy Supply Models Discussed At UNESCO Conference

#Energy installation projects in developing countries are often not sustainable, and can lead to breakdown of technologies reliant on energy supply such as medical devices, said speakers at e recent UNESCO conference on technologies for development. http://bit.ly/1l41NLa 

A sustainable model, productive use of energy and receiver participation and training are essential to ensure continued operation of energy supply infrastructure, they said.

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Innovation Occurs In Informal Economy, Needs Policy Framework, Panellists Say

Findings of a World Intellectual Property Organization Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP) project show that #innovation occurs in the informal sector, and generates #employment and development. Panellists at a recent side event to the CDIP called on policymakers to be mindful of this sector and implement policy frameworks, in particular in developing countries. *http://bit.ly/1kvt39L*

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A Call For Health Research, Innovation In The Post-2015 Era 

In the post-2015 Development Agenda, United Nations members must explicitly support research and development, related policies and capacity building with special attention to the low and middle income countries, in order to advance global health targets, experts said at a recent event in Geneva. MORE: http://bit.ly/1izYyLw #globalhealth #health #UN #developmentagenda 
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Overview Of The Nutrition Debates At The 67th World Health Assembly

Reflecting its growing place on the international policy agenda, #nutrition was a major focus of last week’s World Health Assembly. Part of the focus was on the upcoming second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), a joint event of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organizationd (FAO). In addition, nutrition is considered a focus of the 11th session of the open working group on sustainable and development goals, in preparation of the post-2015 Development Agenda at the United Nations. MORE: http://bit.ly/1wsr7UC #food #foodsecurity #breastfeeding #malnutrition
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