WIPO supports development agenda for intellectual property reform

| October 04, 2004
In response to pressure from developing countries and public interest groups, the UN\'s World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has agreed to examine a proposal for intellectual property law reform that is aimed at achieving a better balance between the interests of copyright holders and the public. The new "development agenda" emphasizes the value of open source software, public domain goods, patent exceptions for access to medicine, control of anti-competitive practices, and other approaches that enhance access to information and promote creativity and technology transfer to the developing world. It also calls upon WIPO "to ensure the wide participation of civil society in WIPO\'s activities." - EFF news release - WIPO news release