TUESDAY, 2 NOVEMBER 2010
Progress at WIPO
Two of your bloggers (David Stone representing MARQUES and Robert Watson representing FICPI) have just returned from the SCT meeting at WIPO in Geneva.
We are pleased to report that progress was made at the meeting, mainly due to the bold move of the International Bureau in providing a set of draft provisions on design formalities (found here).
Both MARQUES and FICPI are actively participating in the SCT, having submitted written comments on the design issues in advance of the meeting (FICPI paper & MARQUES paper)
The draft provisions prepared by the IB were discussed generally in a positive manner by the Member States, and the discussions provide plenty of food for thought for the International Bureau.
It was agreed to continue with the work of the Committee, and for the International Bureau to provide for the next meeting a two level document to provide a potential dynamic structure. This would mirror the approach taken for the Singapore Law Treaty.
This is clearly good news for formalities harmonisation and will hopefully bring benefits for the users of design systems in due course
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