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Thailand Toughens Copyright Law To Deal With Internet Providers, Unlawful Movie Recording In Theaters

15 hours 15 min ago
BANGKOK - Thailand has toughened its copyright law to include, for the first time, responsibility of intermediaries, or internet service providers, for infringement of copyright work on the internet, and separately, to penalise people who record movies being shown in theatres without authorisation with a maximum imprisonment of four years.
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EPO Backs Patents On Conventional Plants: Broccoli, Tomato Cases Decided

16 hours 15 min ago
The highest court of the European Patent Office has declared that plants or seeds obtained through conventional breeding methods are patentable.
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Panel: Open Data, Open Access, And Open Education – Key To Open Innovation?

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 07:14
Intellectual property stimulates creativity but at the same time holds back innovation, speakers said at a recent event on open innovation and alternative business models. The roundtable looked a range of models, such as open source and open data, and their advantages, to “all rights reserved” protection.
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Supplier of Essential Medicines Supports TRIPS Waiver For Least-Developed Countries

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 07:07
The IDA Foundation, a worldwide supplier of essential medicines to low-and medium income countries, has backed up the request by least-developed countries to extend a waiver that allows them to forfeit the obligations to protect intellectual property on pharmaceutical products. UNITAID, the UN-related drug purchasing mechanism, also issued a statement in support of the extension. The request is expected to be discussed at the World Trade Organization in June.
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Manila Principles On Intermediary Liability Offer Vision For Balance

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 09:34
A new set of principles launched this week by a range of global non-governmental organisations attempts to set out guidelines for internet intermediaries’ liability for content of communications. The six principles, which are seeking endorsement from organisations and individuals worldwide, address freedom of expression, freedom of association, and the right to privacy.
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IP Industry Issues Report On Intermediaries’ Role In Fighting IP Infringement In Supply Chain

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 09:18
A leading business group has published a report that it says shows how intermediaries can help keep fake and pirated products out of the supply chain and off the internet. The International Chamber of Commerce BASCAP (Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy) released the 120-page report on 26 March. The paper is titled “Roles […]
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How The Leaked TPP ISDS Chapter Threatens Intellectual Property Limitations and Exceptions

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 15:41
By Prof. Sean Flynn, Associate Director, Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP), American University Washington College of Law Reposted with permission from, original here. I released a statement earlier today opining that the today’s leak of the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) chapter proposed for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement (available […]
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UN Human Rights Council Approves Expert On Privacy In The Digital Age

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 14:22
The UN Human Rights Council at its 28th session today in Geneva adopted a resolution that establishes a new mandate for a Special Rapporteur on Privacy in the Digital Age. The Council also approved a resolution extending the mandate of the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights for 3 years, and took note of the current rapporteur’s recent report raising concerns about the impact of copyright on human rights.
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Busy Year At WTO: 20th Anniversary, Doha Round, Dispute Settlement Overload

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 09:48
This year is an auspicious moment for the World Trade Organization and the multilateral trading system, WTO Director General Roberto Azevêdo told journalists today. In particular, he said, the WTO, after a hiatus last year, is implementing the results of the 2013 Bali agreement on trade facilitation and finalising work on the work programme to conclude the Doha Round of trade liberalisation negotiations.
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Indian Draft Pesticides Bill Contains TRIPS-Plus Data Exclusivity, Indian Pharma Says

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:30
India is considering legislation on pesticides containing data exclusivity provisions that would raise the level of intellectual property protection above the minimum required by international trade agreements and could act as a precursor for pharmaceutical products in the country, a leading Indian industry representative warned this week. India is sensitive to restrictions on the use of marketing data of patented pharmaceuticals as it is seen as the world leader in generic medicines, which use such data.
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Standstill On Industrial Design Treaty, Country Names, GIs In WIPO Committee

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 05:26
Hopes to gain ground in discussions toward a procedural treaty on industrial design applications were not met this week at the World Intellectual Property Organization. Meanwhile, proposals on the protection of geographical indications on the internet and on a potential international GI filing system were put on hold until the next session of the committee.
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All WIPO Filings On The Rise, Serving Mainly Developed Economies; Telecoms Increase

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 09:49
Today, the World Intellectual Property Organization released the 2014 numbers of filings for its systems for patents, trademarks, and industrial designs, which form the basis of the revenue of the UN organisation. Filings under the three systems grew in 2014, with a notable presence of telecom companies in patent filing activity. Except for China, top filers in the three systems are developed countries. Also noted was that so far, the significant increase in internet domain names has only led to a slight rise in new domain dispute cases.
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New Book: ACTA And The Plurilateral Enforcement Agenda: Genesis And Aftermath

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 06:24
The new book, “The ACTA and the Plurilateral Enforcement Agenda,” offers an insightful read on the highly debated Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), an effort to raise intellectual property protection that was met with opposition by many countries and was subject to intense scrutiny from non-state actors, including industry, civil society and academics.
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EU Trade Commissioner Suggests Special Court For ISDS Cases

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 13:58
European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem today defended the inclusion of investor-state dispute settlement panels in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), but offered several amendments for consideration.
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Central European Countries Establish Visegrad Patent Institute To Reduce Costs, Facilitate Applications

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 08:28
WARSAW - In a move towards increased regional cooperation in the field of intellectual property, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic have signed an agreement to set up the Visegrad Patent Institute (VPI). And representatives of the parties to the agreement say that their ambitions reach further, towards ensuring the recently-established body becomes a regional hub for patent cooperation in Central-Eastern Europe.
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WIPO Members Discussing Industrial Designs, Geographical Indications This Week

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 14:07
World Intellectual Property Organization member governments are meeting this week to try to advance a proposal to convene a high-level negotiation for a procedural treaty on industrial designs. They also are discussing how geographical indications should be addressed in the committee on trademarks, industrial designs and geographical indications.
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IP-Watch Geneva IP Delegates List Updated

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 08:44
Intellectual Property Watch offers a partial list of the government delegates in Geneva with responsibility for intellectual property issues at the United Nations and World Trade Organization. The newly updated list is now available, exclusively for subscribers. [Note: IP-Watch content is free to most developing countries, just register online here]
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CJEU Renders Landmark Decision On Private Copying Levies

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 13:22
From Hogan Lovells: Private copying levies in the Member States have occupied the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) quite a few times, previously for example in decision C‑521/11 from 2013. With the current decision in Nokia vs. Copydan Båndkopi (C‑463/12), the CJEU answers some of the most discussed questions surrounding copyright levies […]
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Gathering Looks At Governance Of WIPO, IP Governance In Multilateral Fora

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 09:35
On 5 March, the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) in collaboration with Oxford University’s Global Economic Governance Programme (GEG) hosted an event in Geneva to discuss challenges and issues in intellectual property governance.
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Redesign Of Ebola Treatment Units Draws 1500 Innovations, Including Locally

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 09:05
KAMPALA, UGANDA - In light of the persistence of the Ebola outbreak and the demands it has placed on global infection containment resources and processes, the United States government disaster response community recognised an opportunity to use open innovation to make significant strides in advancing the ability to combat Ebola. The results include a local success story.
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