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20 Years Of TRIPS: Max Planck Launches Declaration On Patent Protection

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 07:32
The Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition has launched a Declaration on Patent Protection with the aim to “clarify some of the regulatory options states still retain under international law, in particular the TRIPS Agreement,” which turns 20 years old this year.
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UPOV Approves ARIPO Draft Legislation Spreading Plant Variety Protection To Africa

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:27
The African Regional Intellectual Property Office last week obtained a positive decision at the international level on its draft law to protect new varieties of plants. Amid protest from civil society, the regional office now has to adopt the draft law and has said it would convene a diplomatic conference (high-level negotiation) in 2014 in order to do so.
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Copyright Ruling In US May Impair Free Speech

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 07:40
The 9th Circuit’s recent decision in Garcia v. Google has sparked outrage among many internet businesses, media organisations, civil rights groups, and copyright experts. They assert the ruling significantly alters US law in a manner that will greatly restrict free speech. But a minority of experts say there is nothing to fear.
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Geneva Health Forum Meets To Discuss Solutions To Common Problems

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 13:13
The Geneva Health Forum (GHF), taking place on 15-17 April in Geneva, will discuss the theme “Global Health: Interconnected Challenges, Integrated Solutions.” This year’s forum aims to encourage an “integrative approach” to global health, “which better captures the underlying causes of ill-health and recognises the commonalities that underlie people’s health around the world,” says GHF.
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East African Community Moves To Harmonise IP Rights Regulation

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:04
KAMPALA - As the East African Community nears full revival, a bloc market covering five countries with a population of about 145 million people has emerged. But the member countries face another challenge: they have different levels of intellectual property rights protection.
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UN Indigenous Rights Expert Says ‘Redskins’ Name A “Hurtful Reminder” Of Past Mistreatment

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:46
ames Anaya, United Nations special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, today called on the owners of the Washington Redskins Football team to recognise that the name ‘Redskins’ constitutes a “hurtful reminder” of the “long history of mistreatment of Native American people in the United States.”
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EU Trademark Case Leads To Rules On Use Of Nice Classification

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 05:30
The perhaps underestimated list of goods or services that applicants file with their trademark applications play an essential role in defining the protection the trademark will have.Registrars use this list to determine if an application should be refused and if it limits a trademark’s exclusive rights. The goods or services listed in an application can also motivate oppositions from competitors with prior rights or cause the future cancellation of the trademark.A recent trademark case in the European Union calls into attention the need for authorities to establish clear, predictable rules to identify goods and services in trademark systems. Further, the case highlights why it is important for applicants to carefully consider which goods or services they wish to protect and clearly identify them in an application.
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Geneva Internet Platform Launches: Neutral Ground For Net Governance

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:01
With yesterday’s launch of the new Geneva Internet Platform, global internet governance stakeholders have a new venue for neutral engagement.
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WHO Guidelines May Help With Price Reductions For Hepatitis C Drugs

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 07:48
Guidelines for the treatment of hepatitis C released by the World Health Organization today recommend revolutionary new drugs for the virus. However, the exorbitant price of these drugs means they will remain out of reach for most of the millions infected. The WHO guidelines themselves offer limited recommendation for reducing prices, but may help in creating the conditions for price reduction by accruing demand and giving countries official backing in price negotiations.
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Warning! You Are Being Watched.

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 05:35
The explosive growth of technology in recent years has given governments, intelligence agencies and big businesses, like Google and Facebook, monitoring tools to create a new empire of Big Brother. People have never been more scrutinised at any other time in human history than they are today. This naturally begs the question: does the right to privacy still exist?
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Book Analyses Chinese IP And Technology Laws

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 05:18
The recently published book “Chinese Intellectual Property and Technology Laws” provides the “first” overview of Chinese IP and technology law, supported by extensive legal, historical and socioeconomic background to developments in these areas.
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UPOV To Examine ARIPO Legislation On Plant Variety Protection

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 15:05
Several committees of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) will meet this week. One of them is called to assess a draft legal framework on plant variety protection from the African Regional Intellectual Property Office (ARIPO). The draft legislation has drawn ire from civil society who charge that it is detrimental to small farmers and who argue that ARIPO does not have legitimacy to become a UPOV member.
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EU Data Retention Directive Declared In Violation Of EU Law

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 11:39
European data retention has to be rolled back after a clear judgment of the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Justice in Luxemburg today.The highest EU Court ruled that the directive which obliges telecommunication providers to collect and store communication traffic and location data for up to 2 years, depending on the implementation in the member states, is invalid.
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New South Africa IP Policy Unlikely Before May Elections

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 05:50
South Africa’s upcoming general elections on 7 May have thrown a spanner in the works of the much-anticipated national draft intellectual property policy from coming into effect anytime soon.
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ICANN Puts Off Decision On .Vin And .Wine

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:48
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has decided to take more time to review applications to grant two internet domains related to delicate political subject of ... wine.
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UK Issues New Regulations On Copyright Collecting Societies

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:06
The United Kingdom has issued new regulations for collecting societies that it says clarify the licensing of copyrighted materials.
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Global Fund And Tiered Medicines Pricing Under Debate

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 08:37
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has launched an initiative with other agencies aimed at expanding global access to health products such as medicines. But the Fund has had some explaining to do about the initiative, which some say could encompass a plan to allow different prices based on national income levels.Related Articles:
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2014 LES International Conference In Moscow

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 07:49
The 2014 LES International Conference “Make the World Better through Licensing” will be held on 18-21 May in Moscow at The World Trade Center Moscow. It will be a unique IP event combining both a professionally interesting and productive program and the richest social entertainment, according to the organisers.Among the participants are: Russian & foreign businessmen, financial officers, investors, scientists, patent & trademark attorneys and lawyers. The conference program will include six general sessions and 23 workshops. Both Russian and International experts will cover most current IP and related issues such as: BRICS & CIS countries as Emerging Markets; International Access to Technologies; Business & Legal Aspects of IP; IP in healthcare/biotechnology, aerospace, car industry, green technology, power engineering, sport, information technologies.Confirmed speakers are from: Russian Innovation Center “Skolkovo”, Johnson & Johnson, Canon, L’Oreal, Tatneft, Sony Europe, Siemens AG, Porsche AG, LG Chemical, Philips, Novartis, TATA Technologies, GlaxoSmithKline, Boeing, Yandex and many others.For more information and to register visit Articles:
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Protection Of Folklore Joins TK, GR On Way To WIPO General Assembly

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 07:16
After two weeks of drafting articles of potential international instruments aimed at protecting traditional knowledge and folklore from misappropriation, World Intellectual Property Organization delegates agreed to forward the revised texts for the consideration of the General Assembly in September.Related Articles:
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Google Wins Domain Case Against “Googleglass” Website

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 13:42
Google has successfully defended its Google Glass name in an internet domain dispute in Europe, reported by the World Intellectual Property Organization today.Related Articles:
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