Ler­man & Szlak Cel­e­brates World In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­er­ty Day 2020

Lerman & Szlak Celebrates World Intellectual Property Day 2020


By Na­talia Pérez Leon

WIPO es­tab­lished the World In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­er­ty Day on 2000, and its first cel­e­bra­tion was held on April 26, 2001. Now, af­ter 19 suc­cess­ful an­niver­saries, WIPO, its Mem­ber States, and both the pub­lic & pri­vate sec­tors pre­pare for the 20th World IP Day mile­stone. Al­though the cur­rent Covid-19 Pan­dem­ic has turned its events in­to on­line ac­tiv­i­ties, its 20th ob­ser­vance brings our at­ten­tion to the top­ic “In­no­vate for a Green Fu­ture”.

On this oc­ca­sion, Ler­man & Szlak team in­vites its clients, col­leagues and the pub­lic sec­tor to get in­volved in the con­ver­sa­tion on In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­er­ty Rights and Cli­mate Change, and how the for­mer is meant to help the lat­ter by pro­tect­ing the de­vel­op­ments and cre­ations aimed to pro­vide sus­tain­able so­lu­tions to this prob­lem. Al­so, we rec­og­nize the ef­forts of our clients to­wards this is­sue, and how their busi­ness­es and IP rights col­lab­o­rate to cre­ate new and green­er in­dus­tries. Cli­mate Change is a chal­lenge that de­mands mind­ful­ness and ca­pac­i­ty of adap­ta­tion from all, in­clud­ing le­gal ser­vices.

The WIPO has re­marked that trade­marks, soft­ware, patents, de­signs, copy­right, and oth­er IP rights are cru­cial mo­tors to spread aware­ness on Cli­mate Change, and im­pulse so­lu­tions to se­cure a health­i­er en­vi­ron­ment on the fu­ture. There­fore, we are proud to say that our clients re­ly on tech­nol­o­gy to build and share bet­ter prod­ucts, ser­vices, in­ven­tions, and cre­ative works; and that Ler­man & Szlak’s team has had the priv­i­lege to sup­port their IP Strate­gies and in­quiries while con­tribut­ing to a more sus­tain­able of­fer of le­gal ser­vices.

On that note, we high­light WIPO Ar­bi­tra­tion and Me­di­a­tion Cen­ter’s “eU­DRP”, a pi­o­neer mod­el on in­ter­na­tion­al on­line-based fil­ing sys­tems, im­ple­ment­ed for ar­bi­tra­tion on do­main names dis­putes since March 2010, when all new and on­go­ing pro­ceed­ings were set as elec­tron­ic-on­ly. This change was launched in 2009 af­ter ICANN’s ap­proval of the WIPO’s amend pro­pos­al to al­low elec­tron­ic-on­ly fil­ing of plead­ings un­der the UDRP (Uni­form Do­main Name Dis­pute Res­o­lu­tion Pol­i­cy). This sys­tem has not on­ly been more ef­fi­cient, but it al­so put an end to the waste­ful prac­tice of ship­ping hard copies of com­plaints, re­spons­es, and oth­er pa­per com­mu­ni­ca­tions be­tween the dis­pute par­ties and the Cen­ter all across the world. As na­tion­al ex­am­ples, we ap­plaud the tran­si­tion from pa­per for­mat to on­line for­mat made by both USP­TO and IN­PI over the last 2 decades in the US and Ar­genti­na, al­low­ing us to op­er­ate al­most pa­per free.

These im­prove­ments al­low to man­age IP rights more ef­fi­cient­ly, and with a re­duced en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact. Over­all, we are con­scious on how every step to­wards a green­er fu­ture will ben­e­fit our plan­et, and we are thank­ful to be able to help the in­di­vid­u­als and busi­ness­es who are pro­tag­o­nist dur­ing this trans­for­ma­tion.

In con­clu­sion, Ler­man & Szlak rec­og­nizes the shared re­spon­si­bil­i­ty re­gard­ing Cli­mate Change, and the im­por­tance of en­cour­ag­ing the agents ca­pa­ble to bring light to­wards its so­lu­tions through IP, es­pe­cial­ly dur­ing de­fi­ant times.

For more in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing World IP Day 2020 and its on­line ac­tiv­i­ties click here, or con­tact us at [email protected].


About Angela

Angela works closely with Team Lerman & Szlak, specializing in online intellectual property research and content.

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