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[FYI] WIPO Conference on Electronic Commerce


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                       Press Briefing: July 13, 1999 

                       The World Intellectual Property Organization
                       (WIPO) is convening a major international
                       conference from 14 to 16 September 1999 to
                       discuss intellectual property issues relating
                       to the booming electronic commerce industry.
                       The WIPO Conference on Electronic Commerce and
                       Intellectual Property will bring together key
                       players from this multi-billion dollar industry
                       as well as intellectual property experts.

                       Chief executive officers of major companies in
                       the industry will be present at the Conference
                       as well as high-level policy-makers and
                       government representatives. The work program is
                       divided into plenary sessions and workshops
                       that will explore the cutting edge issues
                       relating to e-commerce. The plenary sessions
                       will deal with general themes relating to
                       e-commerce, such as trends in technology
                       development, the business potential of
                       e-commerce, developing countries and
                       e-commerce, the legal aspects of e-commerce,
                       and other policy issues. The workshops will
                       focus on specific issues like:

                            On-line delivery of publications, music,
                            films and software Domain names and
                            trademarks on the Internet Music on-line
                            Electronic right management
                            Cybersurveillance On-line dispute
                            settlement Liability and on-line service
                            providers Films on-line Security and
                            authentication (encryption & digital
                            signatures) Digital libraries, patent and
                            trademark databases Museums on-line
                            Protection of databases 

                       The program will also cover, in particular,
                       intellectual property issues, such as:

                            the impact of electronic commerce on
                            copyright and related rights, trademarks,
                            patents, domain names and unfair
                            competition jurisdiction, enforcement and
                            dispute resolution, which have
                            implications beyond the immediate
                            precincts of intellectual property the
                            electronic delivery and exploitation of
                            intellectual property services and
                            supporting technical mechanisms the
                            disparities in infrastructure development
                            and technical access 

                       Journalists seeking to cover the meeting and a
                       waiver of the 750 Swiss Franc registration fee
                       must either register online or download the
                       Word document of the accreditation form and
                       return it via fax or postal mail to the Media
                       Relations and Public Affairs Section at WIPO
                       before August 25, 1999. Please note that you
                       will also need to submit a copy of your press
                       card and a letter from your Editor.

                       Postal Address:
                       Media Relations and Public Affairs Section
                       World Intellectual Property Organization 34
                       Chemin des Colombettes 1211 Geneva 20

                       Fax: (+41 22) 33 88 810

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