Happy World Yoga Day


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Jane Lambert

According to Francis Gurry. the Director-General of the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) the UN specialist agency for intellectual property, today is World Yoga Day,  Dr Gurry described it as India's gift to the world.   I knew yoga originated in India and I shall take his word that it is a gift as I have never practised it myself.

Dr Gurry says that yoga is connected with IP because it promotes creativity and innovation.  I can understand how that might be even though I do not practise yoga because my brain works much more efficiently and I get good ideas whenever I exercise another discipline that trains body and mind, namely classical ballet.   As Juvenal put it," orandum est ut sit mens sana in corpore sano."

Dr Gurry's term as Director-General is due to end soon.  He has done much for WIPO over the years including setting up and running the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre which keeps me busy resolving domain name disputes from time to time. It was at a conference on ADR of IP disputes in London which was organized by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in the mid-1990s that I first met Dr Gurry.  Before then I knew him only for his book on Breach of Confidence which Professor Aplin now edits.

I wish Dr Gurry well in the next stage of his life whether his next appointment or retirement.

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