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India: Caution On Classifying Traditional Knowledge Under IPR

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 11:21
From The Hindu: Even as the government has initiated the process of vetting a draft Bill on the protection and management of traditional knowledge (TK), experts caution against creating monopoly rights on TK and classifying it under intellectual property rights.
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South African Government Conference Reveals Views On Draft Copyright Bill

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 08:35
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA -- Stakeholders from various positions of influence in the realm of intellectual property - including government - put a fine tooth comb through the South African Copyright Amendment Bill at a consultative conference called by the Department of Trade and Industry yesterday.
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UK To Introduce Webmarking For Registered Designs

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 11:30
With strong backing from interested parties in the intellectual property community, the United Kingdom government plans to introduce legislation to give registered UK or European Community design holders the option to mark their products with the address of a website that links to the relevant registered design numbers, it said today.
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Global IP Community: Eventful Season For Career Changes

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 08:33
The past few months have been eventful for career changes in the international intellectual property community. Here is a look at some of the changes in governments, international organisations, NGOs/academia, private sector and law offices.
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Algeria Joins Madrid Protocol, Triggers Global Easing Of Registration Of Marks

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 08:47
Trademark applicants should soon be able to make better use of the Madrid system for the registration of international trademarks, the World Intellectual Property Organization has announced. Algeria became the last country to join a protocol to the international trademark system, which will allow the protocol to rule the international registration procedures, making it easier for applicants to get global protection.
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Review Of WIPO Development Agenda Implementation Picks Up Pace

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 08:14
An independent review of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s implementation of its 2007 Development Agenda Recommendations is progressing. A team of experts conducting the review, appointed by WIPO in May, just submitted their inception report to WIPO.
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WIPO Launches Development Agenda Program In Uganda

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 08:47
KAMPALA, UGANDA - The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has launched a Development Agenda program in Uganda, aimed at building capacity in the use of appropriate technology, specific technical and scientific information to address development challenges in the country.
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IP Experts Kick Off UC Berkeley Innovation Centre With Calls For Change

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 08:44
BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA -- “There’s only one thing we’re good at in this nation, and that’s innovation,” Tusher Center Director and Professor David Teece said recently in setting the tone for a day of discussions inspired by the launch of the new center at the University of California at Berkeley.
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NGOs Call Out Switzerland For Pressuring Colombia On Compulsory Licences; Switzerland Replies

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 08:07
Civil society groups are calling on the Swiss government to refrain from putting pressure on developing countries wishing to manufacture generic medicines without the consent of the patent holder. The groups allege that the Swiss government tried to unduly influence Colombia to not take such a step, though it is permitted by international trade rules.The Swiss government, for its part, says it participated in a public consultation in Colombia and merely underlined that negotiations between governments and original manufacturers are a better way to go than a compulsory licence.
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USPTO Proposes New PTAB Trial Rules

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 17:44
This week the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a proposed rule to amend the existing rules of practice for inter partes review, post-grant review, the transitional program for covered business method patents and derivation proceedings that implemented provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA).
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Australian Review Of IPR, Competition Balance Draws Mixed Academic Response

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 08:19
A government-ordered review of Australia's intellectual property arrangements could either resolve many important and long-standing issues or prove to be yet another political exercise in futility, academics say.
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WIPO Director Gurry Highlights Value Of Indigenous Knowledge

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 07:42
Indigenous Peoples' knowledge and creativity is a valuable source of inspiration for all, but might benefit from being better protected, the head of the UN World Intellectual Property Organization said this month. WIPO is currently negotiating an international instrument or instruments to better protect genetic resources, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions (folklore).
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The Intersection Of Trade Secret Law And Social Media Privacy Legislation

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 06:52
By Eric F. Barton, Esq., Seyfarth Shaw LLP There is no question that social media privacy issues now permeate the workplace. In an attempt to provide further guidance and regulation in this area, since April 2012, a growing number of state legislatures in the United States have passed various forms of social media privacy legislation. […]
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US Postpones Domain Name System Handover At Least A Year, Maybe Four

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 11:48
The United States Department of Commerce office planning to relinquish national control over a remaining key component of the internet domain name system has said it will take at least until September 2016, putting off the transition that had been targeted for next month.
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For Ministerial, Developing Countries Seek Moratorium On TRIPS Non-Violation Complaints

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 08:55
The ability for a member of the World Trade Organization to challenge another member for deprivation of benefits even though this member has not violated any given WTO agreement does not presently apply to intellectual property.For years, the issue has been debated in the WTO intellectual property committee, with no conclusive outcome. Last month, a group of 17 developing countries submitted a draft decision for the upcoming WTO ministerial conference in December to lastingly ban intellectual property-related non-violation complaints, stepping ahead of the next meeting of the WTO IP committee to be held in October.
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India’s Lead Role In South-South Cooperation For Environmental Diplomacy

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 07:55
India can play a leadership role to inspire developing countries in environmental policy-making, according to a new paper. Using its experience, India should further enhance South-South cooperation through an action plan including the establishment of a cooperation platform focussing on issues such as climate change, traditional knowledge, innovation, and intellectual property rights.
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Trade Secrets: The ‘Reasonable Steps’ Requirement

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 07:06
Trade secret theft is a top risk for companies today. When the worst does happen and trade secrets are compromised, companies must prove that reasonable steps have been taken to protect a company’s crown jewels. But determining what "reasonable steps" are can be challenging. Governments have been vague about the term's definition; and laws and legislation continue to evolve on this issue. However, court actions do provide insight on the ‘reasonable steps requirement’ and point to the need for companies to embed trade secret protection into business operations to qualify as legal protection, writes Pamela Passman.
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Five Reasons Why TPP Countries Should Unite To Oppose The US Pharmaceutical IP Agenda

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 08:35
Failure to reach agreement over expanded intellectual property (IP) protections for medicines has proven to be a stumbling block to completion of the 12-country Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations. As expected, the US is continuing to pressure negotiating partners to adopt broader and longer monopoly protections for medicines. But the risks for their health systems are very high – and will be much higher if they don’t stick together in rejecting the US demands.
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Ecuador, BRICS Moving Away From International Investment Dispute Regime, Paper Says

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 06:15
As part of a series of publications on investment treaties and investor-state dispute settlement, a developing country multilateral organisation released a policy brief focusing on Ecuador's experience and action against the current dispute settlement system.
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Was Google’s Unexpected Move To Create Alphabet About ‘Genericization’?

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 17:27
When Google announced on 10 August that it was creating an umbrella organisation called Alphabet, encompassing Google itself and its many satellite companies, word spread like fire. The unexpected move left everybody guessing, and some thinking about Google’s effort to protect its valuable brand and keep its name from becoming a generic term for searching the internet.
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