Issue brief for the WIPO Development Agenda, June 17, 2009

The WIPO Development Agenda is a set of 45 recommendations adopted on September 28, 2007 by the WIPO General Assembly, aimed to address the interests and needs of developing and least developed countries within the international intellectual property system. It originated in an effort to ensure that intellectual property law and policy continue to serve the public good by encouraging and rewarding innovation and creativity in a balanced and effective manner in all parts of the world, and that intellectual property serve all sectors of society. The WIPO Development Agenda is viewed by many as being a major historical shift in the direction of WIPO, because it will address the knowledge gap and the digital divide that separate wealthy nations from poor nations.

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