Posts Tagged: United Nations


Navigating the Maze of International Cannabis Trademarks

Some have dubbed it the modern-day gold rush while skeptics warn of the hostile attitude of the current administration in Washington D.C. Whatever the view there …
By Nuzayra Haque
3 years ago 3

The UN has Better Things to do Than Destroy Innovation

The UN Panel unfortunately squandered its 9-month gestation period. It stuffed into one repository every long-discarded remnant of anti-patent and pro-price-control schemes buried in IP’s historic …
By Chris Gallagher
3 years ago 2

UN Secretary General’s Panel on Access to Medicines Reports: Government Knows Best

Delayed for months beyond its expected issue date the Secretary General's High Level Panel on Access to Medicine's report emerged yesterday. Apparently the panelists scrambled to better …
By Joseph Allen
3 years ago 4

Counterfeit Medicines and the Role of IP in Patient Safety

Given the devastating impact of counterfeit medicines on patients and the importance of intellectual property protection in combating pharmaceutical counterfeiting, it is troubling that the UN High …

UN Access to Medicines Panel Undermines Bayh-Dole 

We cannot know what biological killer will next emerge, when it will be born and where globalization’s winds will take it. But we do know that …
By Chris Gallagher
4 years ago 1

UN Access to Medicine Recommendations Will Increase Human Suffering

The pending report of the UN Secretary General's High Level Panel on Access to Medicines not only attacks the patent system as predicted, but proposes giving the …
By Joseph Allen
4 years ago 7

Clean energy patent market may offer significant financial gains

With an increase in the number of patents being issued for clean energy technologies, it’s not surprising to see predictions of increased patent litigation in the …
By William Cory Spence
4 years ago 1

UN Panel on Access to Medicines Should Ensure Innovation by Preserving Market Incentives

The dilemma for developing countries is primarily a function of two things: lack of access to existing medicines and absence of innovation on the treatments and cures …

WIPO Member States ask UN to Investigate Francis Gurry

The intellectual property community has become familiar with scandals over the last decade as well, although nothing that rivals the audacity of the reported FIFA scandal to …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 7

Despite Scandals Francis Gurry Gets Second Term at WIPO

WIPO is an agency of the United Nations, so I suppose a Gurry reappointment was to be expected. After all, the UN is poised to declare that …
By Gene Quinn
6 years ago 12

WIPO Responds on Sending Computers to North Korea, Iran

Earlier today, WIPO issued a press release, allegedly as the result of "recent media attention and requests for information" relating to what WIPO is and does, and …
By Gene Quinn
8 years ago 1

State Department, Congress Unhappy with World Intellectual Property Organization Sending Computers to Iran, North Korea

WIPO is under fire again. It seems that WIPO not only shipped computers to North Korea, but also shipped computers to Iran as well. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (…
By Gene Quinn
8 years ago 2

Australia and WIPO Sign Agreement in Favor of Least-Developed and Developing Countries

Australia and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) today signed an agreement detailing how an AUD$2 million Australian contribution would assist least-developed and developing countries improve their …
By Gene Quinn
8 years ago 0

WIPO Embroiled in North Korean Computer Deal

As far as I can tell none of these goals is forwarded by the sale of computers to North Korea. Sure, North Korea is the exact type …
By Gene Quinn
8 years ago 5

Patent Office to Accelerate Green Technology Patents

Yesterday the United States Patent and Trademark Office announced the creation of a pilot program to accelerate the examination of certain green technology patent applications. The announcement …
By Gene Quinn
10 years ago 22