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World Intellectual Property Organisation: Visual Impairment

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 12th May 2011.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Leader of the Green Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make it his policy to support the adoption of the legally binding treaty for the visually impaired and other print-disabled persons at the World Intellectual Property Organisation; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Edward Davey Edward Davey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

Of the four proposals currently in front of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), two are for legally-binding treaties, and two are for non-binding recommendations to WIPO member states. No single document has so far gained consensus from all WIPO members. The European Union leads negotiations at WIPO on behalf of its member states, including the UK, and supports a non-binding approach. The UK is receptive to any reasonable way forward that will make a real difference to the lives of visually impaired people.

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