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Archived updates for Thursday, December 22, 2005

WIPO Audit Report Published

William New, writing for Intellectual Property Watch on December 21, 2005, has provided a link to the 28-page Ernst & Young audit report on the World Intellectual Property Organization. He also notes that, although the official press release from WIPO was entitled "Audit Report Finds no Fraud or Dishonest Acts in WIPO," the report actually states
“We cannot conclude that certain employees of WIPO and the third
parties concerned might have committed any fraud or dishonest acts. Experience
shows, however, that certain weaknesses in the management of the organisation,
such as described in this report, constitute a factor which might lead to
irregularities being committed.”
Brooks Robinson, spokeswoman for the United States mission in Geneva reportedly called the report "very damning."
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