Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO: 56th Series of Meetings

From October 3 to 11, 2016, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) will participate in the 56th Series of Meetings of the Assemblies of the Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland. This event will bring together WIPO's 189 member states to reflect upon WIPO's performance, governance, and policy direction for the next year.

The Government of Canada aims at enhancing and aligning agile marketplace regulations and standards, and enabling market access so Canadian businesses can thrive globally. The General Assemblies (GA) are a good opportunity for CIPO to advance key initiatives to support innovators who seek global intellectual property (IP) protection. By building international partnerships, CIPO is helping to promote business innovation and increase our global reach, while also supporting Canada's Innovation Agenda.

This year's delegation will be led by Johanne Bélisle, CIPO's Commissioner of Patents, Registrar of Trademarks and Chief Executive Officer. CIPO will participate in a number of bilateral meetings with international intellectual property offices and other working groups while at the GA in order to enhance cooperation, including sharing best practices in IP administration.

CIPO's full agenda includes bilateral and multilateral meetings. At the bilateral level, CIPO will meet with New Zealand, Japan, Chile, the United States of America, Mexico, Israel, the United Kingdom, France, the Philippines, China, Antigua and Barbuda, the European Patent Office, WIPO's director general, as well as a number of WIPO divisions. At the multilateral level, CIPO will actively participate in the Vancouver Group heads of office meeting, which brings together the IP offices of Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada to explore ways to improve quality and services to business. CIPO, along with other developed countries, will also be participating at the Group B+ plenary meeting to discuss patent law harmonization.

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WIPO, a specialized agency of the United Nations, is the global forum for intellectual property policy, services, information and cooperation.

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