Intellectual Property (IP) as defined by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is anything created by the mind such as inventions, literary and artistic works, symbols, names, images, and designs that are commercially used. Prior to the establishment of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, President Bill Clinton's Administration created a White Paper, which contained the plans to be carried out by the U.S. government in order to create a new internet governing body to be responsible for improving the technical management of the Internet's names and addresses. One of the key elements discussed in the White Paper was to encourage the participation of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to help address issues on Intellectual Property rights, particularly the issue on how to resolve trademark or domain name conflicts.
NETmundial (Alternatively, the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance) was a two-day global meeting on the topic of Internet governance, attended by a group of stakeholders including government officials, representatives of global Internet organizations, civil society, and academia. The meeting took place in São Paulo, Brazil between 23-24 April 2014. It was hosted by the Brazilian government in the Grand Hyatt Hotel. The purpose of the meeting was to highlight issues relating to Internet Governance after the leaked NSA documents revealed US-lead spying of citizens and companies, and provide shared principles and steps forward for the multistakeholder community that would inform further global discussions on the governance of the Internet. (Read the full article...)