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Secret UN report finds WIPO chief 'broke procurement rules'

The secret UN report into the behaviour of WIPO boss Francis Gurry has found him guilty of “conduct... inconsistent with the standards expected of a staff member of the World Intellectual Property Organisation.” The chair of WIPO's General Assembly Colombian ambassador Gabriel Duque is still refusing to release the full report …
John Oates, 25 Apr 2016

US Congressman calls WIPO 'the FIFA of UN agencies' at hearing

The US House Foreign Affairs joint sub-committee in Washington heard evidence of continued bizarre and allegedly illegal behaviour by Francis Gurry, the boss of the UN's patent body. The Committee promised yesterday to take action to demand reform of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and push for publication …
John Oates, 25 Feb 2016
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WIPO punts Cambridge University over attempt to grab Cambridge.com

The University of Cambridge has lost an attempt to win control of the domain Cambridge.com from its owners. Kirkland Holdings LLC of Brookline Massachusetts purchased Cambridge.com for US$85,000 in 2010 and uses it to run a site called “Everything Cambridge” that offers tourist information for both the US and English cities of …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Oct 2015

WIPO whistleblowers beg UN for protection as probe into possible corruption starts

UN investigators have begun interviewing witnesses as part of their examination of possible corruption and mismanagement at the UN's domain name and patent body, WIPO, or the World Intellectual Property Organisation. Officials from OIOS (the Office of Internal Oversight Services) travelled to Geneva last week to talk to former …
John Oates, 21 Jul 2015

Oxford Uni unearths 800-year-old document to seize domain names

The University of Oxford has gone all medieval over some dot-com domain names, insisting that it be handed control of oxfordcollegeirl.com and oxfordcollegesc.com due to rights dating back to 1214 A.D. A panelist at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) agreed, although his job was made easier by the fact that …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Jul 2015

UN corruption cops commence probe into domain-name and patent body WIPO

The global domain-name and patents agency WIPO (the World Intellectual Property Organisation) is under investigation by the UN's corruption investigation unit – the Office of Internal Oversight – The Register can reveal. UN investigators based in Vienna have opened a preliminary investigation into allegations of DNA theft, …
John Oates, 25 Jun 2015

Row at UN domain-name body WIPO: Probes shut down, payout from controversial chief

Exclusive United Nations agency WIPO (the World Intellectual Property Organisation) is in the spotlight again after staff members wrote to UN ambassadors demanding to know why investigations into the behaviour of WIPO head Francis Gurry have been closed down. El Reg can also exclusively reveal details of a mysterious payment made by Gurry …
John Oates, 15 May 2015

The millionaire former playboy, Hugh Hefner, and a crucial fight over playboy.london

Analysis When Michael Ross registered the domain playboy.london in August, it was supposed to be a bit of a laugh. The Brit once dated a Playboy Bunny, visited the mansion in Beverly Hills, and has a "colorful past" as they say on Fleet Street. Ross, today a settled-down 50-year-old property developer, was featured in the Daily Mail a …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Feb 2015
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Banksy denies Banksy impostor's claim to Banksy.com – which isn't owned by Banksy

Street artist Banksy is renowned for satirizing society through the unexpected, and a battle over his namesake dot-com domain seems to have provided him with another opportunity. We reported earlier this month that the anonymous artists appeared to have gone corporate, filing a trademark infringement case against the owner of …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Oct 2014

Swiss cops BAN MASKS at meeting of rebellious United Nations IP staff

Around 150 UN staff met yesterday evening to protest over a continued lack of transparency at the UN's intellectual property agency WIPO and the sacking of its head of the staff council, Moncef Kateb. Originally the gathering was to be held outside the main building, and frightened staff were offered masks. But an email sent …
John Oates, 23 Sep 2014

Staff unions call for removal of controversial UN patent agency chief

Three unions representing United Nations staff have called for the immediate removal of Francis Gurry, the controversial boss of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). Guy Fawkes masks optional. via WikiCommons Licensed under CC by-SA 3.0 Late last Friday, WIPO's Director-General Francis Gurry sacked the head …
John Oates, 22 Sep 2014
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Revealed: SECRET DNA TEST SCANDAL at UN IP agency

Exclusive Allegations of bizarre and potentially illegal conduct within the World Intellectual Property Organisation have raised serious questions, after The Register obtained access to an internal report indicating reasonable grounds to suspect serious misconduct within the UN agency. The report, published exclusively by The Register …
John Oates, 8 Jul 2014
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The man from Del Monte, he says... NO! .delmonte gTLD bid crushed, juiced

A trade mark owner has won the right to stop its mark being adopted as a new generic top-level domain (gTLD) by a rival company. Del Monte International (DMI) of Monaco had applied to register '.delmonte' as a new gTLD under an expanded system of domains being set up by ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and …
OUT-LAW.COM, 12 Aug 2013
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Hey, Third World! We know what you need: Mmm, patent wars

Britain's Intellectual Property Office will "promote the understanding of IP" in developing countries after signing a deal with the head of the UN's World Intellectual Property Organisation. Brit patent specialists will be flown out around the world to give workshops and seminars, essentially educating nations on the benefits …
Anna Leach, 3 Oct 2012
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UN agency didn't break North Korea tech embargo

The United Nations has decided that one of its own agencies was not guilty of breaking sanctions by exporting technology to North Korea in a bid to help the axis of evil country with its burgeoning intellectual property rights. The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) said it had been cleared of any wrongdoing by …
Phil Muncaster, 26 Sep 2012
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WIPO signs new treaty for cross platform performers

A new treaty for the rights of audiovisual performers has been finalised by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) after 12 years of negotiations. The treaty will give performers, for the first time, protection in the digital environment. The new treaty, brokered in Beijing, will when implemented allow performers …
The Register breaking news

Globe-spanning patent bombs touted by Euro, UN pen-pushers

The European and UN patent-handling bodies have agreed to join forces to encourage companies and inventors to file their designs under an improved worldwide Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). The treaty allows intellectual property registered in one nation to be acknowledged in other countries that have signed up to the pact, so …
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Virgin boss victorious in .xxx Branson pickle

Sir Richard Branson has wrestled a .xxx domain off a cybersquatter in a challenge over richardbranson.xxx. The Virgin Group founder discovered last week that his Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organisation was successful. The WIPO panelist handling the case found …
Kevin Murphy, 21 Feb 2012

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