The Connection Between IP and Labor

By: Ian McClure
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The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) today announced a partnership with the International Federation of Musicians (FIM) and the International Federation of Actors (FIA) to improve recognition and treatment of musicians and actors internationally.  Specifically, the agreement seeks to address the recognition of these workers' rights in developing countries, and especially with regard to their intellectual property rights.  From a WIPO press release today: The agreement highlights the connection between IP and labor and the special concerns of cultural workers from the viewpoint ... Read More

Categories: Copyright Caucus

Yesterday’s WIPO Meeting on IP Finance

By: Ian McClure
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WIPO met yesterday to discuss the topic of IP Finance, and specifically "ways in which improvements in law or financing practices may assist IP rightholders to manage their IP assets for greater value, and thereby assist Member States in setting-up appropriate national strategies in the field of IP." (Press Release)  If anyone attended or has information on the meeting, I would greatly appreciate a quick summary of the meeting or any updates. Read More

Categories: Today in IP

IP Finance: A Topic For the Global Roundtable

By: Ian McClure
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The method of using IP assets to raise funds has slowly been growing on  bankers and business executives alike.  In a knowledge society, small and mid cap enterprises need financing, and the only assets to use as collateral are intangible ones.  Fortunately, the world is accepting the idea that intellectual property is more than just a legal right and a burgeoning article of trade.  It is also a means for financing an entrepreneurial venture.  The concept is not completely new.  The film industry has employed a unique financing model based ... Read More

Categories: Investment Intelligence, Portfolio Potential

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