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November 9th

US, Japan may use ASEAN to railroad bilateral trade pacts

Original Publication Date: 
8 November, 2006
The US and Japan may use the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to negotiate and hasten onerous free trade agreements (FTAs) with member-countries to further consolidate transnational corporate dominance over local economies, according to independent think-tank IBON Foundation.

November 7th

WIPO general assemblies begin

Original Publication Date: 
6 November, 2006
The meetings of the WIPO General Assembly (GA) began on Monday (25 September), with Members generally proclaiming their positions on issues that are expected to be contentious and to dominate much of the debate at this current annual session.

Diplomatic conference on broadcast treaty premature

Original Publication Date: 
6 November, 2006
Several developing countries cautioned against approving the recommendations of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) to convene a Diplomatic Conference on the protection of broadcasting and cablecasting organizations during discussions on this agenda item on Wednesday at the WIPO General Assembly.

Some doubts on Broadcast Treaty after assembly decision

Original Publication Date: 
6 November, 2006
The WIPO General Assembly has adopted a decision on the protection of broadcasting organizations which goes a few steps backwards on negotiating and finalizing a new treaty on the issue.

Decision taken on development agenda, patents, broadcasting

Original Publication Date: 
6 November, 2006
The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has adopted decisions on how to proceed on three important issues that have been pre-occupying its General Assembly in the past week.

November 6th

Mr. Lamy’s ’Quiet‘ Visit to Washington

Original Publication Date: 
5 November, 2006
World Trade Organization Director General Pascal Lamy visited some high-ranking officials here Thursday and Friday to plead the case for resuming the long-stalled Doha Development Agenda negotiations - and then left for New York to participate in yesterday's New York City marathon

November 2nd

Clash in TRIPS Council on IPR enforcement issue

Original Publication Date: 
1 November, 2006
Many developing countries have opposed another attempt by the European Union and other developed countries to have the TRIPS Council of the WTO to deal with enforcement of intellectual property rights.

World Bank stance on SPs, SSM assailed at WTO meet

Original Publication Date: 
1 November, 2006
The World Bank has claimed at an agriculture meeting of the WTO that the use of "special products" and "special safeguard mechanism" which had been proposed by many developing countries in the Doha negotiations could undermine food supply to the world's poor.

Five Protesters Removed at WTO Chief’s Speech

Original Publication Date: 
1 November, 2006
Police removed five protesters who interrupted World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Pascal Lamy with cries of “the world is not for sale” and “you glorify feudalism” when he spoke at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum yesterday about the WTO and accountability.

Vietnam receives green light to join WTO

Original Publication Date: 
1 November, 2006
Members of the World Trade Organization negotiating the terms of Vietnam's membership concluded their talks on Thursday 26 October by accepting the accession documents that spell out Vietnam's commitments and rights.