Wednesday, November 25, 2009
WIPO Academy Workshop
I've just spent a really interesting couple of days at the WIPO Academy in Geneva at their training and design workshop for distance learning tutors and administrators. I was there to talk about distance learning rather than IP but had some fascinating discussions with people from all over the world with a wide range and highly informed set of perspectives on the IP landscape. There are some amazingly talented and dedicated people working within WIPO and likewise amongst their tutors from around the world. In the thick of all the complex politics and bureaucracy of the UN, these people have a really deep understanding of the issues and the importance of balance in international IP policy; and it was really interesting to hear, from the inside, of the energy underpinning the development agenda. I'll post some more collected thoughts on the workshop and the slides from my keynote address here when I get some time and space.