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Professor Letter Opposing Trade Secret Legislation

26 Agosto, 2014 - 11:32
Sharon Sandeen at Hamline Law and I have authored a letter dated August 26, 2014 and signed by 31 United States legal academics to the Congressional sponsors of the “Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2014” (“DTSA”) and the “Trade Secrets Protection Act of 2014” (“TSPA”) (collectively, “the Acts.”) Click here for the full Letter  Congress [...]
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Time to Act: Ensure Access to Affordable Biotherapeutic Products

26 Agosto, 2014 - 11:32
Civil Society Statement for Pre-ICDRA and ICDRA We, the undersigned organizations, bring to the attention of Drug Regulatory Authorities, WHO, Member States and other participants of Pre and International Conference on Drug Regulatory Authorities (Pre-ICDRA and ICDRA) and community in general the following concerns with regard to the regulation of biotherapeutic products, particularly biocompetitors, and [...]
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Trade Secret Fair Use

25 Agosto, 2014 - 12:28
Author: Deepa Varadarajan Publication: Fordham Law Review, Vol. 83 (2014 Forthcoming) Abstract: Trade secret law arose to help companies protect confidential information (e.g., the Coca-Cola formula) from competitors seeking to copy their innovative efforts. But companies increasingly use trade secret law to block a wide swath of information from the scrutinizing eyes of consumers, public [...]
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MSF Letter to Indian government – IP negotiations in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership

25 Agosto, 2014 - 11:24
[Médecins Sans Frontières, Link]  Ahead of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Ministerial Conference to be held in Myanmar on 27-28 August 2014, see the letter below from Medecins Sans Frontieres addressed to the Indian Minister of State for Commerce & Industry regarding the inclusion of intellectual property (IP) in the negotiations of the Regional [...]
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U.S. Copyright Office Releases Public Draft of New Compendium of Copyright Office Practices

22 Agosto, 2014 - 16:57
Download full text of the public draft (1222 pages). [U.S. Copyright Office Press Release, Link] Register of Copyrights Maria A. Pallante today released a public draft of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition (the “Third Edition”). The first major revision in more than two decades, the draft presents more than 1200 pages [...]
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Preventive Detention for Copyright Violation: Karnataka Amends the ‘Goondas’ Act

20 Agosto, 2014 - 11:46
Last week, the Government of Karnataka amended the Karnataka Prevention of Dangerous Activities of Bootleggers, Drug-Offenders, Gamblers, Goondas, Immoral Traffic Offenders and Slum Gamblers Act, 1985 (“the Karnataka Goondas Act”). The Karnataka Goondas Act would now also apply to offences under the Indian Copyright Act, 1957 and the Information Technology Act, 2000. This article presents [...]
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Piracy and New Product Creation: A Bollywood Story

19 Agosto, 2014 - 21:02
Authors: Rahul Telang and Joel Waldfogel Abstract: While copyright research in the decade following Napster focused mostly on whether file sharing undermines demand, research has more recently asked how piracy and other aspects of digitization affect the supply of new products. Although revenue has declined sharply, evidence that weakened effective copyright protection undermines creation has [...]
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Taiwan Considers Patent Linkage Now to Prepare to Join the TPP in the Future

18 Agosto, 2014 - 12:14
Inside U.S. Trade reports that Taiwan is taking steps to develop a system of patent linkage, which would prevent generic firms from gaining marketing approval for their products while originator products are still under patent.  The country wants to join the Trans Pacific Partnership at a later date, and it expects that patent linkage will [...]
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Expanding User Rights in South Africa

18 Agosto, 2014 - 01:44
On August 18, a group of South African and international legal experts will work with South African filmmakers to better understand their rights as users as well as creators under copyright law. The meeting will focus on actions filmmakers can take to use and expand user rights in South Africa that are necessary to fully [...]
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Copyright Users Rights and the Clearance Culture in South African Filmmaking, August 18, Joburg

15 Agosto, 2014 - 07:28
We would like to invite you to a workshop on Copyright Users Rights and the Clearance Culture in South African Filmmaking on August 18, at 10h00, at the NFVF, 87 Central Street, Houghton, 2198, Johannesburg. This workshop will be hosted by SASFED and its Affiliates, the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP) at [...]
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Website Documents How US Could Use ‘Certification’ to Write TPPA Countries’ Laws

13 Agosto, 2014 - 11:25
A new website has been launched today ( that documents the extraordinary process of ‘certification’ through which the United States claims the right to vet and approve other countries laws before it will allow a trade and investment treaty to come into force. This process has existed for many years, but it has been used [...]
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