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          ICC launches 2004 Intellectual Property Roadmap

          • New Dehli, 16 March 2004

          ICC today launched its 2004 Intellectual Property Roadmap at the International Conference on Intellectual Property Policy taking place this week in New Delhi.


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          ICC today launched its 2004 Intellectual Property Roadmap at the International Conference on Intellectual Property Policy taking place this week in New Delhi.

          Now in its fifth year, the ICC roadmap provides a comprehensive overview for businesses and government officials of the most critical developments in IP rights and protection.

          Compiled by the ICC's Commission on Intellectual Property, comprised of 240 IP experts from around the world, the roadmap is a vital tool for any professional wanting a snapshot of the intellectual property landscape.

          In addition to providing background and guidance over the spectrum of existing and emerging IP issues, this fifth edition of the roadmap features additional sections on trade secrets and new forms of intellectual property and technologies. "Compared to previous years, issues related to the information society are being discussed more intensively", said Thomas Plet scher, Chair of the IP Roadmap Task Force.

          "Effective and balanced protection of intellectual property is crucial for the development of all societies. The roadmap enables policy makers as well as business leaders to get an easily accessible view of the challenges ahead," Mr Pletscher added.

          Urho Ilmonen, Chair of the ICC IP Commission, explained why the roadmap is particularly important for business: " By having the roadmap at hand, business leaders have access to an updated glossary of all the pertinent IPR issues having an effect on their business."

          The roadmap is available in hard copy and will soon be online - the 2002 and 2003 versions having been one of ICC's most requested web documents over the last two years.

          The launch took place at the International Conference on Intellectual Property Policy, hosted by ICC India and held in conjunction with the biannual meeting of the ICC Commission on Intellectual Property.

          The conference occurs at an especially propitious time for intellectual property protection in India as the Indian Government and Parliament are currently debating the scope of the Third Patent Amendments Act.

          The launch took place at the International Conference on Intellectual Property Policy, hosted by ICC India and held in conjunction with the biannual meeting of the ICC Commission on Intellectual Property.

          The conference occurs at an especially propitious time for intellectual property protection in India as the Indian Government and Parliament are currently debating the scope of the Third Patent Amendments Act.

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