The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is an international organization dedicated to promoting the use and protection of works of the human spirit. These works intellectual property are expanding the bounds of science and technology and enriching the world of the arts. Through its work, WIPO plays an important role in enhancing the quality and enjoyment of life, as well as creating real wealth for nations. With headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, WIPO is one of the 16 specialized agencies of the United Nations system of organizations. It administers 23 international treaties dealing with different aspects of intellectual property protection. The Organization counts 179 nations as member states. [Source: WIPO]
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Questions to consider:
- What is the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center?
- What is the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP)? How does the UDRP work? What specific factors guide the panelists' judgment in resolving a dispute?
- Examine the domain name dispute of Weber-Stephen Products Co. v. Armitage Hardware. What is at issue in the Weber case? Do you agree with the resolution?