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WIPO Assemblies 2020 Being Held

September 23, 2020

The 61st series of meetings of the Assemblies of the Member States of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) are being held in Geneva, Switzerland, from September 21, 2020. The meetings are in a hybrid format that combines physical participation at the conference hall and virtual participation through online platforms and video images. The delegation of Japan is participating both physically and virtually. At the opening session, on behalf of Japan, a video*1 of a General Statement delivered by Mr. Toshihide Kasutani, Commissioner of the Japan Patent Office (JPO), was broadcast. In his statement, Commissioner Kasutani expressed deepest appreciation to WIPO´s Director General Francis Gurry, who is scheduled to retire from his position at the end of September 2020, for his contribution over a long period of 12 years. And, he expressed expectation of Japan to realization of the “Global IP Ecosystem” mentioned in an acceptance speech of Mr. Daren Tang, new Director General and successor to Dr. Francis Gurry. Additionally, the Commissioner mentioned that Japan strongly expects WIPO to contribute global issues including responses to COVID-19, to establish IP systems for new emerging technologies, to enhance convenience for users, and to reinforce IP infrastructure through capacity building and the development of IT systems. At the same time he delivered the statement, with such expectations for WIPO in mind, that Japan will continuously support the initiatives of WIPO through all measures including voluntary contributions that it has been making for more than 30 years.
The meetings will be held until September 25, and discussions will be conducted on numerous important issues, such as responses to COVID-19, budgets, and activities of each committee.

(photo) Commissioner Kasutani
Commissioner Kasutani, delivering a General Statement from Japan

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