Discussed cooperation with the Getty Information Institute on intellectual property rights and cultural heritage. This cooperation would focus on the use of information technologies for the sustainable use and beneficial commercialization of expressions of folklore.
Began internal coordination with the WIPO Cooperation for Development Bureau for Arab Countries and preliminary external consultations with officials of the Regional Information Technology and Software Engineering Center (RITSEC), in Cairo, Egypt, for a training course on web site licensing for cultural heritage information.
Began planning for regional consultation meetings on expressions of folklore, their nature, and scope.
Began internal discussions for the commissioning of a study on folklore-related provisions of national copyright legislation in Asia.
Intellectual Property Rights Beyond Territoriality
Conducted internal planning and scheduling on an expert meeting to explore new practical approaches to the principle of territoriality in the global intellectual property system. Made preparatory inquiries regarding publication and dissemination of the meeting’s results.
Participated in the Information Technology Policy Oversight Committee (ITPOC), established in April 1998, which included discussions in preparation of the Advisory Committee on the Protection of Industrial Property Rights in Global Electronic Commerce, which was scheduled to be held in September 1998.