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UN Human Rights Council Hears Discussion On Right To Privacy In Digital Age

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 08:51
The UN Human Rights Council today held a panel discussion in Geneva on the right to privacy in the digital age, featuring several experts. The panel was part of a larger effort by the Council to address the increasingly urgent issue.
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Guest Post: Nine Mandatory Licences Allow Greater Access To Medicines In Ecuador

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 07:46
What is a mandatory licence? Mandatory licenses are a legal remedy within the intellectual property flexibilities provided by the World Trade Organization allowing a government to grant permission to third parties to produce a patented product or use a patented process without the consent of the patentee, in order to address a priority status for the country.
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Libraries May Be Permitted To Digitise Books Without Copyright Owner’s Consent, EU High Court Rules

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 10:41
European Union governments may allow libraries to digitise books in their collection without rights owners' consent in order to make them available at electronic reading posts, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) said on 11 September. If library users want to print works out on paper or store them on a USB stick, however, rights holders must be fairly compensated.
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Old (former IPR-Thieving) Napster v New (IPR-Thieving)

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 08:49
The World Intellectual Property Organization this week released the decision in an internet domain name dispute in which the current incarnation of the once-wildly successful Napster music-sharing website successfully forced a website called to shut down over intellectual property rights violations. Is Napster still cool?
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New European Commissioners Announced Under Changed Structure

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 08:47
The structure of new European Commissioners and top officials was announced today, showing changes to the handling on intellectual property issues and many others.
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US Tech Groups Tell Senate: Curb US Surveillance To Restore Trust, Markets

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 07:46
Leading US trade associations representing the high-technology industry yesterday issued a joint letter urging the Senate to pass reforms to US surveillance programmes. The effort comes after revelations about the US surveillance have harmed overseas markets for US technologies, they said.
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The Perfect Package: A Checklist To Avoid Legal Challenges

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 07:01
By William Rava and Jason Howell, Perkins Coie Product packaging is an increasingly important marketing opportunity.  Well-executed product packaging can support and strengthen your brand identity, differentiate your product on the shelf, and convey important, and often required, information to consumers.  But there are also many potential pitfalls – from intellectual property issues to advertising […]
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New US Ambassador Hamamoto Highlights Internet Governance, Ebola, IP

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 15:10
Newly arrived United States Ambassador to the UN in Geneva Pamela Hamamoto last week met with journalists for the first time by highlighting internet governance and Ebola, with a mention of intellectual property rights, among other issues.
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EU High Court Parody Ruling Could Create Problems, IP Attorneys Say

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 08:50
A 3 September European Court of Justice decision on the concept of “parody” is a controversial attempt to harmonise copyright law judicially where legislative efforts have failed, and raises more questions than it answers, intellectual property lawyers said. But the decision won't affect implementation of the United Kingdom's new copyright exception for parody, the UK Intellectual Property Office said.
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UN Internet Governance Forum Sees New Challengers, From Top Down And Bottom Up

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 08:32
ISTANBUL - The Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace by John Perry Barlow in the end somehow reconnected the 9th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and the new Internet Ungovernance Forum held in Istanbul last week. The nearly decade-old UN-led IGF initiative is facing profound new challenges as the global split widens over the future of the internet.
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Flexible IPR Approach For European Joint Innovation Projects

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 11:04
Applicants to the European “Innovation Communities” initiative have until 10 September to submit joint innovation proposals in the areas of healthy aging and raw materials. The aim is to create new organisations compliant with the European grant programme Horizon 2020, which will operate under flexible intellectual property rights’ policies in collaborative innovation projects.
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WHO: Fight Ebola Now, Solve Patent Issues Later

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 17:49
The world and the global health community have been taken by surprise by the worst outbreak of Ebola so far. The World Health Organization today (5 September) said a vaccine could be available in November 2014 if proven safe. So far, according to the WHO, intellectual property issues have not acted as a barrier to accessing potential treatments and vaccines, and the focus for now is on emergency measures to find health solutions.
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WTO: Antigua Has New Idea For Gambling Case; Cuba Rails Against US Trademark

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 13:18
In a longstanding World Trade Organization dispute about measures affecting the cross-border supply of gambling and betting services, Antigua and Barbuda has made a new proposal to the United States on a way to solve the issue of the US not complying with a WTO ruling it lost. And in a separate matter at the same WTO meeting last week, Cuba referred to the US failure to change a law barring a rum trademark in the context of railing against US policy of "economic suffocation" of the island nation.
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Group Calls For ITU Constitution Amendment To Protect Right To Privacy

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 08:42
A report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the right to privacy in the digital age has been lauded by a group of civil society organisations who also called states to curtail mass surveillance and for the ITU constitution to be amended.
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Industry Applauds Marti Nomination As US IP Enforcement Coordinator

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 08:16
The US IP industry is applauding the nomination of trademark attorney Daniel Marti to be the next US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator.
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Biosimilar Medicines Need Strong Regulation, IP Crucial For Innovation, Pharma Says

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 08:44
Biosimilar medicines might prove to be a new reservoir for innovation for the pharmaceutical industry. However, the complexity of their manufacture needs a stringent regulatory framework, according to the industry.
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UN Inspectors Find Need For Transparency, Changes In Governance At WIPO

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 08:51
The United Nations Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) has issued a substantive analysis of management and administration in the UN World Intellectual Property Organization. And while the report highlights significant progress in a number of areas, it offers a list of ways WIPO can do better – including on transparency and sorting out staff concerns and strengthening member state oversight.
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WHO Raises Its Voice To Underline Health Effects Of Climate Change

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:20
The World Health Organization this week is holding its first conference on health and climate change. The major objective of the conference is to raise awareness on the impact of climate change on health, according to the WHO, which said it aims to strengthen its voice in the debate.
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Médecins Sans Frontières Warns About IP Inclusion In Asian FTA

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:41
The inclusion of intellectual property in the ongoing negotiations of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership between 16 countries, most of them Asian, is raising concerns about "TRIPS-plus" measures that could jeopardise generic drugs production in India, according to Médecins Sans Frontières.
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Market Failure, Not IP, The Issue In Ebola Treatment Shortage, WHO Says

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:57
Faced with the worst outbreak of Ebola since its discovery some 40 years ago, the world is scrambling for treatments. A World Health Organization-convened panel of experts has decided it is ethical to use experimental treatments. Why is there no treatment available even after 40 years? Market failure, not intellectual property rights, says the WHO.
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