Rami Olwan

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WTO: Wide Support For LDC TRIPS Extension, With A Hitch

The World Trade Organization committee on intellectual property rights met this week and addressed a request by least developed countries for an extension of the period to enforce WTO intellectual property rules.

Intellectual Property and Development: Beware the ‘Genome Divide’

Jane Parry wrote on this network in January about how genomics could help developing countries deal with disease. Her article provides a timely reminder of the health problems faced by all countries, but particularly developing countries.

International Free Software Workshop 2013, Porto Alegre, Brazil

The International Free Software Workshop (WSL) is organizing an international conference on Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) that will take place in Porto Alegre, Brazil from 3- 6 July 2013.

The Open Book Project

An initiative of the U.S. Department of State, the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization and leading education innovators to expand access to free, high-quality education materials in Arabic, with a focus on science and technology. 

Island Nation Offers No Copyright Downloads

The tiny Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda will tell the World Trade Organization that it intends to use trade sanctions against the United States, which it could enforce by allowing movie downloads without protecting US copyright.

The Feasibility of Alternative Dispute Resolution to Resolve Intellectual Property Disputes in Jordan

The purpose of this article is to examine the feasibility and working of the conciliatory means for settlement of intellectual property disputes in Jordan. Arbitration is the principal mechanism used.

Workshop on the Role of IP in Enhancing the Competitiveness of SMEs

WIPO and the Ministry of Economy and Trade of the Republic of Lebanon are holding a two-day workshop on Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) and SMEs. The title of the workshop is “Facilitating Access to Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) and Its Role in Enhancing the Competitiveness of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs).”

Call For Papers 2013 – Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice

The Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice is soliciting contributions for its upcoming special issue focused on access to knowledge to be published in 2013.

WIPO Advances Toward Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works by Persons with Print Disabilities

Meeting in extraordinary session, the WIPO General Assembly took a landmark decision today to convene a diplomatic conference in 2013 to complete negotiations on a pact to improve access to copyrighted works for the many visually impaired and people with print disabilities around the world. 

“CFL – The Essential Handbook” Launches

A simplified copyright law book for librarians has been published by the Berkman Center for Interment and Society. The book is easy to read even for people with no legal background in law.

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