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News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: www.ictsd.org

12 May, Bonn, Germany. MITIGATION ACTION THROUGH ARTICLE 6 OF THE PARIS AGREEMENT. This event on the sidelines of the mid-year UN climate talks is being co-hosted by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES). Negotiators on Article 6 of the Paris Agreement form selected countries and experts on carbon markets will discuss what lies ahead for the 24th session of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP24). Please note that to access the venue for this event, UNFCCC accreditation is necessary. For more information, please visit the ICTSD website. 15 May, Washington, US, and online. FUTURE OF THE EUROPEAN ECONOMY AFTER THE FRENCH ELECTION. This webcast event is being organised by the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) and will have two discussion panels comprised of PIIE senior fellows and European experts. The panels will discuss what the 7 May French election results mean for the wider EU economy and outline recommendations for ensuring the EU’s future economic stability. This event is open to the public and will be steamed online. To learn more and watch online, visit the PIIE website. 16 May, Washington, US. NEW GLOBAL AND REGIONAL TRENDS: POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC IMPLICATIONS FOR LATIN AMERICA. This event is being hosted by the Brookings Global- CERES Economic and Social Policy in Latin America Initiative and will feature a panel to discuss the implications of new global and regional trends. This panel will look at specifically at political and macroeconomic trends in the region and their ramifications across various policy areas. To learn more and to resister, please visit the Brookings Institution website. 17 May, Geneva, Switzerland. REFLECTIONS ON PROGRESS. This event is being organised by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and will feature as its guest speaker Kemal Derviş, Vice President and Director for Global Economy and Development at the Brookings Institution, for a discussion on global growth and inequality. To learn more and to register, please visit the Graduate Institute website. An updated list of forthcoming WTO meetings is posted here. Please bear in mind that dates and times of WTO meetings are often changed, and that the WTO does not always announce the important informal meetings of the different bodies. Unless otherwise indicated, all WTO meetings are held at the WTO, Centre William Rappard, rue de Lausanne 154, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland, and are open to WTO Members and accredited observers only. 17 May: Committee on Trade and Development 17 May: Committee on Trade and Development – Dedicated Session on Small Economies 18 May: Committee on Budget, Finance, and Administration 19 May, Geneva, Switzerland, and online. TALKING DISPUTES |THE RUSSIA – PIGS (EU) DISPUTE. This event is being jointly organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and WTI Advisors (WTIA). This event will focus on the recent World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body ruling in the Russia – Pigs (EU) dispute, presenting the key findings and engaging in a discussion of the legal and policy implications, particularly regarding trade and regulatory cooperation. This event is open to the public and will be livestreamed online as an interactive webcast, with viewers able to submit questions for the panel. To learn more and to register, or to watch online, please visit the ICTSD website. 22 May, Geneva, Switzerland. REFORMING FOSSIL FUEL SUBSIDIES THROUGH THE WTO AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE AGREEMENTS. This workshop is being organised by Climate Strategies, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). This workshop will feature a panel of representatives from IISD, the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), SEI, SWP, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to discuss the varied nature of fossil fuel subsidies and what this means for agreements of different configurations. For more information, please visit the ICTSD website. 31 May – 12 July, online. MASSIVE OPEN ONLINE COURSE: GREENING CONSUMPTION & PRODUCTION. This six-week facilitated course is being offered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAP) Forum and The Nature Conservancy. Topics for the course will cover green consumption and production including greening key production sectors, sustainable commodity supply chains, and mainstreaming biodiversity into development planning. The course is aimed at policymakers and practitioners working in the area of sustainable consumption and production and is available in English, Spanish, and French. To learn more and to register, please visit the Nature Conservancy website. 5-8 June, Manila, Philippines. ASIA CLEAN ENERGY FORUM 2017. This event is being jointly organised by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Korea Energy Agency. The aim of this forum will be to share best practices in policy, technology, and finance regarding clean energy, energy efficiency, and energy access, with the event having as its theme “The Future is Here: Achieving Universal Access and Climate Targets.” To learn more and to register, please visit the event website. 7-9 June, Geneva, Switzerland. INNOVATE 4 WATER: A MATCHMAKING FORUM FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT BRINGING TOGETHER INNOVATORS, INVESTORS, AND EXPERTS. This two-day forum is being organised by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) GREEN, WaterVent, and WIPO GREEN partner Waterpreneurs. The aim of this forum will be to bring together individuals and organizations working in the water sector and create a space for entrepreneurs in this field to meet collaborators in related areas. To learn more and to register, please visit the WIPO GREEN website.


News Article | May 18, 2017
Site: www.ictsd.org

19 May, Geneva, Switzerland, and online. TALKING DISPUTES LIVE | THE RUSSIA – PIGS (EU) DISPUTE. This event is being jointly organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and WTI Advisors (WTIA). This event will focus on the recent World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body ruling in the Russia – Pigs (EU) dispute, presenting the key findings and engaging in a discussion of the legal and policy implications, particularly regarding trade and regulatory cooperation. This event will also be livestreamed online from 12:45 PM Geneva time as an interactive webcast, with viewers able to submit questions for the panel. To learn more and to register, or to watch online, please visit the ICTSD website. 19-20 May, Singapore. THIRD CONFERENCE ON GLOBAL VALUE CHAINS, TRADE, AND DEVELOPMENT. This conference is being organised by the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and the World Bank Group and will feature as its guest speakers Shang-Jin Wei from the Columbia Business School and CEPR and David Chor from the National University of Singapore. The aim of this conference will be to foster new ideas and research on the subject of global value chains. To learn more, please visit the World Bank website. 19-21 May, Dead Sea, Jordan. WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM ON THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA. This conference, hosted by the World Economic Forum and the government of Jordan, among other partners, will focus on how to promote long-term stability and peace in the Middle East and North Africa through collaboration. Specifically, the conference will focus on public-private collaboration, as well as shifting investment and trade priorities, to address humanitarian and sustainability challenges in the region. To learn more, please visit the World Economic Forum website. 22 May, Geneva, Switzerland. REFORMING FOSSIL FUEL SUBSIDIES THROUGH THE WTO AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE AGREEMENTS. This workshop is being organised by Climate Strategies, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). This workshop will feature a panel of representatives from IISD, the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), SEI, SWP, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to discuss the varied nature of fossil fuel subsidies and what this means for agreements of different configurations. For more information, please visit the ICTSD website. 22-26 May, Barcelona, Spain. INNOVATE4CLIMATE: FINANCE AND MARKETS WEEK. This event, hosted by the World Bank with the support of the governments of Spain and Germany, as well as FIRA Barcelona, focuses on the role of climate change within the sustainable development agenda. Topics on the docket include the potential benefits from increased private sector financing, along with different options for transitioning toward lower-carbon policies and projects. To learn more, please visit the event website. 23 May, Stockholm, Sweden. TRADE AND CLIMATE ACTION POST-PARIS: LEVERAGING SYNERGIES. This event is being organised jointly by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and Sida, Sweden’s development policy agency. The event will examine the relationship between trade, sustainable development, and climate action in the context of the UN’s Paris Agreement on climate change. The objective is to have a discussion over ways for trade policy to support climate action, along with ensuring that efforts to support the latter objective do not have overly trade-distorting effects. For more information, including an event programme, please visit the ICTSD website. An updated list of forthcoming WTO meetings is posted here. Please bear in mind that dates and times of WTO meetings are often changed, and that the WTO does not always announce the important informal meetings of the different bodies. Unless otherwise indicated, all WTO meetings are held at the WTO, Centre William Rappard, rue de Lausanne 154, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland, and are open to WTO members and accredited observers only. 30 May – 5 June, Geneva, Switzerland. EUROPEAN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT WEEK 2017. This week will feature an array of activities aimed at promoting sustainable development and fostering discussion. Key themes this year include the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Various events with thematic links are being hosted across Geneva to raise awareness of the Agenda and engage local stakeholders. To learn more, please visit the Geneva European Sustainable Development Week website. 31 May – 12 July, online. MASSIVE OPEN ONLINE COURSE: GREENING CONSUMPTION & PRODUCTION. This six-week facilitated course is being offered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAP) Forum and the Nature Conservancy. Topics for the course will cover green consumption and production, including greening key production sectors, sustainable commodity supply chains, and mainstreaming biodiversity into development planning. The course is aimed at policymakers and practitioners working in the area of sustainable consumption and production. It will be available in English, Spanish, and French. To learn more and to register, please visit the Nature Conservancy website. 5-8 June, Manila, Philippines. ASIA CLEAN ENERGY FORUM 2017. This event is being jointly organised by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Korea Energy Agency. The aim of this forum is to share best practices in policy, technology, and finance regarding clean energy, energy efficiency, and energy access, with the event having as its theme “The Future is Here: Achieving Universal Access and Climate Targets.” To learn more, please visit the event website. 7-9 June, Geneva, Switzerland. INNOVATE 4 WATER: A MATCHMAKING FORUM FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT BRINGING TOGETHER INNOVATORS, INVESTORS, AND EXPERTS. This two-day forum is being organised by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) GREEN, WaterVent, and WIPO GREEN partner Waterpreneurs. The aim of this forum will be to bring together individuals and organisations working in the water sector and related areas for discussion and collaboration. To learn more and to register, please visit the WIP GREEN website. 26-28 September, Geneva, Switzerland. WTO PUBLIC FORUM 2017. This year’s edition of the WTO’s outreach event will have as its theme “Trade: Behind the Headlines.” The meeting will aim to look at the real-life implications of trade, as opposed to rhetoric, and will also look at how trade can support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and related issues. A call for proposals is currently open for those who wish to organise sessions at this year’s forum, with a due date of 4 June 2017. To learn more, please visit the WTO website.


News Article | May 16, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

Das WIPO Center wird Fälle in allen 24 offiziellen EU-Sprachen unterstützen. Die WIPO ist eine der bekanntesten Organisationen für IP-Services, Politik, Information und Kooperation und handelt weltweit führend durch die Bereitstellung von Dienstleistungen zur Schlichtung von Streitigkeiten über Domeinamen im Rahmen der von der WIPO konzipierten Richtlinie UDRP. „Die Aufnahme des WIPO Center als ADR-Anbieter bietet den Rechtsinhabern über das schon effiziente ADR-Verfahren hinaus noch mehr Annehmlichkeiten”, ergänzte Geo Van Langenhove. Mit dem WIPO Center können Streitigkeiten per E-Mail abgehandelt und geklärt werden, was das Verfahren noch einfacher durchführbar macht. Das WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center ist weltweit führend in der Bereitstellung von Services zur Schlichtung von Streitigkeiten um Domainnamen im Rahmen der von der WIPO konzipierten Richtlinie UDRP. Seit 1999 wickelte das WIPO Center über 37 000 Domainstreitigkeiten nach UDRP und verwandten Grundsätzen ab, was mehr als 68 000 Domainnamen betrifft. Neben Schlichtungsverfahren stellt das WIPO Center auch online Ressourcen frei zur Verfügung, inklusive des häufig zitierten „WIPO Jurisprudential Overview of WIPO Panel Views on Selected UDRP Questions“ und einem durchsuchbaren Rechtsindex zu WIPO UDRP-Entscheidungen. Weitere Informationen unter: www.wipo.int/amc. EURid ist in Folge eines Ausschreibungsverfahrens und der Beauftragung durch die Europäische Kommission die Non-Profit- Organisation, die die .eu und .ею Top-Level Domains verwaltet. EURid arbeitet mit ca. 700 akkreditierten Registraren und bietet Unterstützung in den 24 offiziellen EU-Sprachen. Als Teil seines fortlaufenden Engagements für Datenschutz ist EURid seit 2013 nach dem ISO27001 Sicherheitsstandard zertifiziert. EURid ist außerdem nach dem EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) registriert, was seinen Einsatz für den Umweltschutz ausdrückt. EURid hat seinen Hauptsitz in Brüssel (Belgien) und regionale Niederlassungen in Pisa (Italien), Prag (Tschechische Republik) und Stockholm (Schweden). Im Rahmen des ADR-Verfahrens wurden bisher mehr als 800 Fälle angenommen und erfolgreich bearbeitet. Weitere Informationen unter: www.eurid.eu.


Il Centro WIPO sosterrà i casi in tutte le 24 lingue ufficiali dell’UE. WIPO è una delle organizzazioni più famose nell’ambito di servizi IP, politiche, informazioni e collaborazioni legate alla proprietà intellettuale, agendo come leader globale nella fornitura di servizi di risoluzione di controversie relative a nomi a dominio nell’ambito dell’UDRP di OMPI. “L’aggiunta del Centro WIPO come fornitore ADR rende più agevole la presentazione della procedura per i titolari dei diritti, in aggiunta ad una già efficiente procedura ADR”, ha aggiunto Geo Van Langenhove. Con il Centro WIPO le controversie possono essere gestite via e-mail; questo aggiunge un ulteriore livello di comodità alla procedura.


“We zijn erg tevreden met de huidige werking en de manier waarop de ADR-procedure zich heeft ontwikkeld sinds de invoering in 2005. En hoewel het Tsjechisch Arbitragehof (CAC) geweldig werk heeft geleverd in de behandeling van de talloze zaken die sindsdien werden ingediend, zijn we zeer verheugd dat we de keuzemogelijkheden van de eindgebruikers kunnen uitbreiden door de komst van het WIPO Centrum als bijkomende ADR-provider”, aldus Geo Van Langenhove, Legal Manager van EURid. Het WIPO Centrum zal geschillen behandelen in alle 24 officiële talen van de EU. De WIPO is een wereldvermaarde organisatie die zich bezighoudt met IP-services, beleidsregels, informatie en samenwerking, en is wereldwijd toonaangevend op gebied van geschillenbeslechting rond domeinnamen volgens de door de WIPO ontwikkelde UDRP-procedure. ‘De toevoeging van het WIPO Centrum als ADR-provider maakt het voor rechthebbenden nu nog makkelijker om een alternatieve geschillenprocedure aan te spannen’, aldus nog Geo Van Langenhove. Geschillen kunnen bij het WIPO Centrum worden ingediend en afgehandeld via e-mail, waardoor de procedure nog eenvoudiger wordt. ‘Het WIPO Centrum verheugt zich erover geschillen te mogen beslechten rond de registratie van eu en .ею-domeinnamen’, zegt Brian Beckham, hoofd van de afdeling Internet Dispute Resolution binnen de WIPO. ‘Naast alle generieke topniveaudomeinen (gTLD’s) en nieuwe gTLD’s, biedt het WIPO Centrum ook geschillenbeslechting voor zo’n 74 landcode-TLD’s via het WIPO ccTLD-programma, waaronder een aantal nationale ccTLD-registers in verschillende Europese landen. We kijken ernaar uit onze erkende expertise in dienst te stellen van EURid’, voegt de heer Beckham nog toe. Het WIPO Arbitrage- en Bemiddelingscentrum is wereldwijd leidinggevend op gebied van geschillenbeslechting rond domeinnamen volgens de door de WIPO ontwikkelde UDRP-procedure. Het WIPO Centrum heeft sinds 1999 ruim 37.000 geschillen rond domeinnamen beslecht op grond van de UDRP-regels en andere beleidsregels, waarbij ruim 68.000 domeinnamen aan bod kwamen. Naast zaakgerelateerde diensten, stelt het WIPO Center ook gratis online hulpmiddelen ter beschikking, met inbegrip van het vaak aangehaalde WIPO Jurisprudential Overview of WIPO Panel Views on Selected UDRP Questions en een doorzoekbare wettelijke index van WIPO UDRP-beslissingen. Voor meer informatie: www.wipo.int/amc. EURid is een non-profitorganisatie die door de Europese Commissie via een openbare aanbestedingsprocedure is aangesteld om de .eu en .ею-topniveaudomeinen te beheren. EURid werkt samen met zo’n 700 geaccrediteerde registrators en biedt ondersteuning in de 24 officiële EU-talen. Als onderdeel van haar doorlopende inspanningen op gebied van gegevensbeveiliging is EURid sinds 2013 gecertificeerd volgens de ISO27001-beveiligingsnorm. EURid is daarnaast ook geregistreerd door het milieubeheer- en milieuauditsysteem (EMAS) van de EU, wat aangeeft dat EURid actief wil bijdragen aan een beter milieu. EURid heeft haar hoofdkantoor in Brussel (België) en regionale kantoren in Pisa (Italië), Praag (de Tsjechische Republiek) en Stockholm (Zweden). Tot op heden werden 800 zaken ingediend en succesvol verwerkt via de ADR-procedure van EURid. Voor meer informatie: www.eurid.eu.


News Article | May 16, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

BRUSSELS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The ADR procedure for holders of a trademark, tradename, company name or other rights to dispute speculative and abusive .eu and .ею domain name registrations expands its filing options thanks to the addition of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center as an ADR provider as of 1 June 2017. “We are very happy with how the ADR procedure has worked and developed since its inception in 2005. And while the Czech Arbitration Court (CAC) has done a great job of handling the numerous cases that have been submitted between then and now, we are pleased to provide more choices for the end user with the addition of the WIPO Center as an ADR provider”, commented Geo Van Langenhove, EURid’s Legal Manager. The WIPO Center will support cases in all 24 official EU languages. WIPO is one of the most well-known organisations in IP services, policy, information and cooperation, acting as the global leader in the provision of domain name dispute resolution services under the WIPO-designed UDRP. “The addition of the WIPO Center as an ADR provider adds more convenience for rights holders to an already efficient ADR procedure”, added Geo Van Langenhove. With the WIPO Center, disputes can be handled and processed via email, which adds an additional layer of convenience to the procedure. “The WIPO Center is delighted to provide domain name dispute resolution services for eu and .ею registrations”, said Brian Beckham, Head of the WIPO Center’s Internet Dispute Resolution Section. “In addition to all generic top level domains (gTLDs) and new gTLDs, the WIPO Center provides dispute resolution services for some 74 country code top level domains under the WIPO ccTLD Program, including a number of European national registries. We look forward to applying this recognized experience for EURid,” Mr. Beckham added. About the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center is the global leader in the provision of domain name dispute resolution services under the WIPO-designed UDRP. Since 1999, the WIPO Center has administered over 37,000 domain names disputes under the UDRP and related polices, covering over 68,000 domain names. In addition to case services, the WIPO Center also makes freely available online resources, including the frequently cited WIPO Jurisprudential Overview of WIPO Panel Views on Selected UDRP Questions and a searchable Legal Index of WIPO UDRP Decisions. More information at: www.wipo.int/amc. EURid is the not-for-profit organisation that operates the .eu and .ею top-level domains, following a tender process and appointment by the European Commission. EURid works with around 700 accredited registrars and provides support in the 24 official EU languages. As part of its ongoing commitment to data security, EURid has been certified for the ISO27001 security standard since 2013. EURid is also registered by the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), which is an expression of its environmental commitment. EURid has its headquarters in Brussels (Belgium), and regional offices in Pisa (Italy), Prague (the Czech Republic) and Stockholm (Sweden). To date, over 800 cases have been filed and successfully processed through EURid’s ADR procedure. More information at: www.eurid.eu.


Will automakers or technology companies put consumers behind the wheel of autonomous automobiles? Certainly, the car manufacturers have the edge on the hardware, but a small tug of war is brewing when it comes to the intellectual property that will ultimately make connected and self-driving cars a reality on the road. Companies like Google, Facebook, and Apple are pouring enormous resources into a vision of mobility that focuses on the driver experience — so much so that they have the potential to take away some of the limelight — and profits — from the automakers many presumed would dominate car connectivity and driverless technology. As personal computer manufacturers learned in the 1990s, controlling the hardware alone doesn’t ensure profitability. What makes Apple so smart — and still able to charge over $1,000 for a laptop — has been its focus on the intellectual property. The bottom line for automakers: Keep pushing forward with research and development, and find the right technology companies with which to partner. The biggest tech contender in the mobility space is probably Google, which has been patenting intellectual property as fast as the leading car companies and once even considered building its own fleet. In 2016, Google parent Alphabet Inc. created Waymo, a company dedicated to commercializing Google’s self-driving car technology, and began a hunt for partners. [Recently, the Alphabet division  entered a joint venture with car-sharing company Lyft.] Between 2012 and 2016, there were slightly more than 5,000 mobility patents filed by 12 leading automakers and global tech companies, according to research conducted by Oliver Wyman and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Of these, almost 3,800 were filed by six car companies — Audi, Daimler, General Motors, Volkswagen, BMW, and Tesla — that related to green car technology, including electric cars, batteries, fuel cells, and alternative fuel. In this category, the tech companies filed just seven patents. A very different story emerges, however, in an analysis of patents involving connected and self-driving cars. Here, where technology tends to touch the driver more directly than in the green car area, there were almost 1,200 patents, close to one-third of which were filed by tech companies, led by Google. In fact, in the connected car and self-driving category, Google filed almost as many as the leader in the category Audi—221 versus 223—and more than BMW (198) and Daimler (159) individually, and more than GM (141) and VW (75) combined. The other five in the non-auto group were Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, and Uber. In the area of mobility services, which includes car-sharing and navigation technologies and app development, the tech companies actually filed more patents than the automakers — 55 versus 44. And, while one might expect Uber to be among the leaders here, it was dead last with only 2 patents. Google once again dominated with 30 patents, trailed by Apple (14). The auto companies’ preoccupation with green vehicles makes sense, given the anticipated increase in the regulation of emissions and the pressure to move to a low-carbon or no-carbon economy, particularly in Europe and China. Five of the manufacturers had the vast majority of their mobility-related patent work in the area of green vehicles. The only car maker that didn’t have the majority of its patents in this category was the one fossil fuel-based US manufacturer, GM; 65 percent of GM’s patents were in the connected car and self-driving category.

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