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China widens lead in global patent filings

Media | 12/16/2014 4:38 pm EST

Global patent filings were up nine per cent in 2013 from the previous year, while double-digit growth in first-place China widened its lead in patent filings from the United States and other countries, according to the World Intellectual Property Association (WIPO). In a Tuesday release, WIPO said China now accounts for nearly a third, 32.1 per cent, of the world total of patent filings, followed by the United States at 22.3 per cent and Japan at 13 per cent. “The gap between China and the other offices has widened considerably since 2011, when China’s State Intellectual Property...

Canada ratifies WIPO copyright, music treaties

Media | 05/23/2014 4:51 pm EDT

Canada ratified two World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) treaties on copyright and music licensing earlier this month, according to the WIPO website. The treaties modify the existing Copyright Modernization Act and relate to making-available rights, distribution rights and Internet rights for copyrighted works and music, and will come into effect on Aug. 13. The WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT) applies to copyright in a digital environment, protecting computer programs and databases for a period of 50 years and giving rights holders the authority to distribute, rent and communicate the...

U.S. music creators to face limited payment rights in Canada

Media | 03/04/2014 9:13 pm EST

The government of Canada plans to limit the remuneration rights of music creators in the United States, among other countries, when it ratifies the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)...

WIPO Broadcasting Treaty document proposes webcasting alternative

Media | 10/02/2012 7:23 pm EDT

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)'s new working document for a Broadcasting Treaty includes a reference to online signals, a sticking point at committee discussions in Geneva...