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EFF Challenges DMCA Anti-Circumvention Provisions, Reopens “Dancing Baby” Case

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 14:58
Issues arising from the often-controversial US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) prompted the Electronic Frontier Foundation to head to court in recent weeks to address what it sees as violations of free speech and the right to freely use copyrighted content in some instances.
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Israel As Cybersecurity Powerhouse Applies Knowhow To Intellectual Property

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 08:37
Israel has emerged as the world’s second-largest exporter of cyber security services behind the United States, as data attacks are increasingly becoming a threat to intellectual property ownership.
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Growing Call For Transparency Within African CMOs To Ensure Membership Confidence

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 07:45
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Collective management organisations (CMOs) in African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) member states, and Africa at large, have the potential to contribute to the growth and development of creative industries. However, they need to be supported, guided and supervised to ensure that they achieve the purpose for which they are established.
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Switzerland Stars, China In Top 25, Innovation Rating Finds

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 08:57
A global innovation rating has found Switzerland to be the most innovative nation in the world for the sixth consecutive year even if some other countries are on its heels. The lead group of countries continued to be mainly composed of most economically advanced nations, while innovation is lagging in many developing countries, but China and India made notable leaps up the list this year. The rankings stirred a broader discussion today of the shifting global economy and the role of innovation, including a call for a new approach to global innovation governance.
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Kenyan Start-Ups Make The Ride Tough For Uber

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 08:23
NAIROBI, Kenya -- After making a dramatic entry into the African market late last year that was marked by as much drama as elsewhere in the world, global taxi hailing service Uber is facing tough times in the Kenyan market, thanks to a number of innovative tech start-ups that are giving the company a run for its money.
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Updated List Of Geneva Delegates Responsible For IP

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 09:01
There are many, many committees, councils, panels, meetings, receptions, conferences, assemblies - not to mention countless private lunches, coffees and other contacts - during the year in Geneva that address policy issues related to intellectual property, innovation, research & development and the like. Intellectual Property Watch provides an indispensable, up-to-date list of who you need to talk to when you want to get the message across or follow the action.
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Olympic Games: Trademark Revenues Are High Stakes

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 08:33
With a budget of over 2 US$ billion, the Brazilian Olympics rely heavily on commercial sponsors and licensing for revenue. Protecting the Olympic symbols is thus an imperative for the games with stringent rules on the use of those symbols and related signs. However, the fame of the event also draws covetousness from a variety of commercial actors seeking free rides, which is a dangerous endeavour, according to legal sources. Brazil adopted special rules for the occasion, while in the United States the protection is particularly stringent.
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Brexit Could Have Broad Impact On UK Audiovisual Sector

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 08:10
It is too soon to say precisely what impact the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union might have on Britain's audiovisual sector, but among other things, Brexit could bring changes to the scope of copyright law and protections, rights clearance, online AV services and content creation, lawyers said.
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International Trademark Interoperability Projects Advance

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 11:39
Projects aimed at creating a more interoperable international trademark system are moving forward, according to the US Patent and Trademark Office and the Japan Patent Office (JPO). Among those in the works are the USPTO-led TM5 ID List Project, which USPTO Commissioner for Trademarks Mary Boney Denison said will lead to faster processing of high-quality trademarks around the world.
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Summer Changes Make A Splash In The IP Community

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 08:53
Over the summer months, people in the intellectual property world continue to circulate. UNITAID has changed heads, and other well-known figures in Geneva set off to new horizons. And no rest it seems for law offices, which maintained their usual level of moves between firms. Here is the latest on People in the IP community.
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MSF Hearing On Opposition To Pfizer Pneumonia Patent In India

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 07:53
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF, Doctors Without Borders) filed a patent opposition in March in India to prevent Pfizer from patenting a pneumonia drug and will defend its position in a hearing tomorrow at the Indian Patent Office.
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Libraries, Groups Welcome WIPO Copyright Appointment, With Hope

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 17:14
A range of highly active groups at the World Intellectual Property Organization representing libraries, archives, and digital civil liberties this week welcomed the appointment of a copyright industry lobbyist to lead WIPO copyright issues. But they have voiced their hope that the appointee, Sylvie Forbin of France, will quickly show leadership on the promotion and support of the cultural heritage sector as it relates to copyright.
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US Senate Judiciary Chairman Questions High Cost Of Medicare Drug Coverage

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 16:17
United States Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican, has demanded answers from the government Medicare programme regarding the rapid rise in costs of coverage of Americans’ prescription drugs. The demand follows a press report showing an extremely high climb in costs for the so-called “catastrophic coverage” program. “This program is an important […]
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Details Of September UN High-Level Meeting On Antimicrobial Resistance

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 14:54
Details of the upcoming United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) are coming clear after the preparation of a text laying out the specifics.
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Many Hepatitis C Patients Do Not Have Access To Medicines In India, Group Says

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 10:16
Despite being the global leader of generic drug manufacturing, access to hepatitis C treatment in India remains out of reach for a large portion of the population, a civil society group has said in a new paper. The authors call for India to work on a national programme of prevention and treatment of hepatitis, and warn against voluntary licences developed by multinational pharmaceutical companies.
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MSF International Access Campaign Recruiting Executive Director Of Access Campaign

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 11:45
The Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International Access Campaign is recruiting an Executive Director (ED) of the Access Campaign.
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UNCTAD’s Work On IP To Continue In Strengthened Four-Year Mandate

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 08:57
NAIROBI, Kenya (IP-Watch) – Intellectual property rights related to trade and development will continue to be part of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)’s programme work, according to an agreement on the organisation’s four-year mandate reached at the agency’s 14th session in Nairobi.
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UNDP Initiative Seeks Impact-Driven Entrepreneurs From 10 Developing Countries

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 08:44
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a joint initiative with Impact Hub, an international community of social entrepreneurs. The initiative is a platform named "#Accelerate2030," aiming at supporting and promoting the most promising impact-driven ventures focusing on the UN Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs).
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Report: Lifesaving New AIDS Drugs Remain Costly; Older Versions Get Cheaper

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 08:57
DURBAN, South Africa - The international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has found that prices of older HIV drugs continue to decline, but newer drugs largely remain expensive.
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Commitment On Investment In Access To Essential Medicines Signed At UNCTAD14

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 08:17
NAIROBI, Kenya (IP-Watch) - A commitment signed this week to facilitate investment in Africa’s pharmaceutical industry is expected to boost the sector’s production and make available essential medicines for millions of needy people.
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