An occasional blog on international developments related to intellectual property, innovation, development and public policy
On July 21, 2022, the General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) decided that, by 2024, two diplomatic conferences should take place, one on a proposed new Design Law Treaty, and the other on genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge (TK).
Diplomatic conferences are held to negotiate and adopt or revise multilateral treaties and conventions.
This decision was as unexpected as it is momentous.
Negotiations among member countries on both subjects have been deadlocked for many years, on design law in the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications (SCT) and on genetic resources and associated TK in the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC).
What are the substantive issues concerned? What was decided exactly? And what are some of the implications of the decision taken?