In the final weeks of 2013, businesses and organizations are taking the time to reflect on the past year and the new one ahead. The New Year is the perfect time to re-evaluate the progress made in the last 12 months, take what worked well into the upcoming year, as well as make improvements to build on prior success. For the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the first step for 2014 is updating its program and budget for the 2014-2015 biennium.
The organization recently spent a three-day session with its member states and assembly discussing a proposal regarding a diplomatic conference, which encompasses final negotiations towards an international treaty. This will not only help to finalize a design law treaty that will benefit designers seeking design protection, but will also simplify a number of filing rules that are currently varied by country. The approved budget will reallocate resources for two new WIPO external offices for China and the Russian Federation.