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WIPO Patent Law Committee Undertakes Many Issues This Week

6 hours 32 min ago
The World Intellectual Property Organization Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) is meeting this week. Among the possible agenda items: updates to the international patent system, exceptions and limitations to patents, quality of patents, patents and health, confidentiality of client-patent advisor communications, and technology transfer. A recent developed country proposal relates to increased work-sharing among patent offices. Also on the table this week is a new proposal to study the assessment of inventive step by patent practitioners.
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Russia Centralizes State Power In The Field Of IP Rights

7 hours 4 min ago
The Russian government has officially adopted a package of measures aimed at tightening state control for the observance of intellectual property rights in the country. This will take place through the introduction of a new system of IP management and implementation of other measures, according to recent statements of Oleg Fomichev, Russia’s deputy minister for economic development.
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OECD Ministerial On Internet Wraps Up: Openness A Concern

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 14:01
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) should not wait 8 or 10 years before its next Internet Ministerial, said OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria at the closing session in Cancun Mexico yesterday. Gurria called for a faster pace for government and regulators to adapt to the digital markets. Better data on the data economy will help, as reflected in the new Cancun Declaration.
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UK “Brexit” Leaves IP Community With Many Questions

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 08:59
Britons' 23 June decision to pull out of the European Union has caused shock waves in the UK and Europe, and the vote is still being digested. Early reactions from members of the intellectual property community show that the impact of Brexit on IP policies and issues in Britain and Europe is far from clear.
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ARIPO Reviews Draft Regulations On Implementation Of Arusha Protocol On Plant Varieties

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 08:31
The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) last week hosted a meeting of experts in Harare, Zimbabwe, to review the Draft Regulations for the Implementation of the Arusha Protocol for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants.
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LinkedIn’s Patent Portfolio; Looking For Hidden Gems

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 16:47
John Sullivan writes: It's obvious that this acquisition isn’t necessarily about the IP assets of LinkedIn. However, let’s have a closer look at LinkedIn’s portfolio to see if there are any hidden gems inside that would represent a nice fringe benefit to what already looks like a mutually beneficial acquisition.
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South Centre Steps Up Activity On IP, Medicines Access, Trade, Investment And More

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 08:38
The intergovernmental South Centre has raised the level of its activity on issues of relevance to the intellectual property community in recent weeks.
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OECD Ministerial On Internet: Trust, But Whom?

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 17:32
Beware “digital protectionism.” That was one of the key messages of United States Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, speaking at the official opening of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Ministerial on the digital economy in Cancun, Mexico.
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Jaguar Land Rover Faces Uphill Legal Battle Against Jiangling Motor Over Copycat Car

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 12:01
Jaguar Land Rover has sued carmaker Jiangling Motor in a Chinese court for allegedly copying its Evoque SUV, but observers say the solution to car clones lies outside the courtroom.
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As OECD Gathers, Call For New Internet Social Compact – With Some Open Questions

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 16:48
On the eve of the third internet-related Ministerial Meeting of the Organisation for Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD) starting on 22 June in Cancun, Mexico, the Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG) published a think report on “One Internet.” Calling for a new “social compact” for the internet, the 140-page report that was fed by 50 research studies has a number of well-known recommendations, some surprisingly technical and some interesting ones.
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US High Court Inter Partes Review Leaves Patent Holders Dissatisfied

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 15:10
A 20 June decision by the Supreme Court upholding US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) rules for inter partes review of patents isn't helpful to patent owners, according to several attorneys. The ruling in Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Lee (No. 15-446) disappointed expectations for another pro-patent holder decision following a 13 June ruling in another case, said Proskauer patent lawyer Baldassare Vinti. USPTO Director Michelle Lee, however, said the decision would allow the office to continue resolving patentability disputes via less expensive alternatives to litigation.
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WTO Reports On IP Trends In G20 Countries

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 08:59
As part of a larger report on the G20 top global economies, the World Trade Organization has provided a discussion of policy developments in trade and intellectual property. This includes a look at international policy actions, recent agreements, and national legislation and trends.
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Nearly All Global Physical Counterfeiting Is From China & Hong Kong, US Report Shows

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 08:30
A new analysis released this week by the United States Chamber of Commerce Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) shows that some 86 percent of all physical counterfeiting comes from China and Hong Kong. Companies locating manufacturing there may not be surprised to find counterfeit versions of their products on the market, and seizures are a small fraction of the goods getting into the global trade stream, the report says.
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USTR Froman: IP-Related Biologics Still Key Sticking Point For TPP Passage In US

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 08:37
United States Trade Representative Michael Froman today said biologics remain one of the biggest unresolved issues in getting the Trans-Pacific Partnership passed in the US Congress. He called biologics an intellectual property rights issue and said the administration is working with Congress and industry to resolve concerns without reopening the trade deal completed last autumn.
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European Council Approves First-Ever Analysis Of Drug Prices With Look At IP Rights

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 08:57
The 28 European Union governments today gave final approval to a first-ever plan to analyse medicines competition in Europe, with reference to drug prices, generics and biosimilars, and intellectual property rights. The final version was watered down after what sources said was heavy industry lobbying, compared to a leaked version published in Intellectual Property Watch two weeks ago, but still retains some strong provisions regarding pricing and competition.
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WHO/PAHO New Response Plan For Zika Until December 2017

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 06:57
A new response plan for a strategic response to the Zika virus has been announced by the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization. The revised Zika Strategic Response Plan includes elements such as integrated vector management, sexual and reproductive health counselling, and health education. According to a WHO release, the plan highlights […]
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WIPO GI System To Become More Expensive For Users; US Questions Administration

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 05:41
Last year, amid protests from some World Intellectual Property Organization members, a new treaty was adopted to protect geographical indications, broadening an existing treaty. One of the objections of some was that the existing treaty was not financially sustainable, and was piggybacking on other WIPO income-generating treaties. Last week, members of the treaty went over possible solutions to bring money into the system. Italy and France, the biggest beneficiaries, committed actual funds.
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European Council Conclusions On Steps To Combat Antimicrobial Resistance

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 05:21
The 28 European Union member governments have concluded next steps for addressing antimicrobial resistance, with a strong emphasis on reducing use of antibiotics in animals, but also including a call for new business models.
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Generics, Biosimilars Makers Join Global Medical Harmonisation Body

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 09:00
Doors to a global medical harmonisation organisation opened to the generic and biosimilar industry, which described it as an historical moment for them. The industry will now be able to sit on the assembly of the international body that joins regulators with the pharmaceutical industry.
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Panels Brainstorm Ideas On Innovation And Drug Access

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 08:26
The quest of balance between encouraging medical innovation and the imperative of broad access to medicines has so far been elusive. Two Harvard University programmes jointly organised a workshop this week with the aim of encouraging a conversation between global health actors and see if some "outside the box" thinking is possible.
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