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Collective Rights Management Takes Root In Uganda
With an increase in the number of entrepreneur artisans in Uganda, a need to protect and benefit from the artisan works has emerged in the country. There is a growing trend in rights management, especially in the fields of musical works, film and art.
New Medicines Patent Pool-Gilead Agreement For New HIV Drug In 112 Countries
The Medicines Patent Pool today announced a new licensing agreement with Gilead Sciences for a new treatment still undergoing clinical trials. This agreement is expected to allow Chinese and Indian generic manufacturers to provide low-cost versions of the drug in...
Comic relief? Glee Club remedies step into the limelight
Twentieth Century Cats: a fox-free chorus line ... "Glee" is a word that suggests happiness and pleasure to many, but which has caused the occasional judicial brow to furrow. Last year Mr Justice Birss concluded that there is "no material difference between joy and glee" here...
Book Review: Origin Mystery Series by A.G. Riddle
This is a series of three books. The Atlantis Gene , The Atlantis Plague , and The Atlantis World . They are science fiction, involving different alien worlds, and deal with climate change only in passing. However, those few climate change references were rather interesting. I learned from...
Colombian Student Faces Prison Charges for Sharing an Academic Article Online
In many parts of the developing world, students face barriers to access academic materials. Libraries are often inadequate, and schools and universities are often unable to pay dues for expensive, specialized databases. For these students, the Internet is a vital tool and resource to...
Distasteful -- or worse? Trade mark registration, morality and public sentiment
The IPKat received earlier today an email from Alan Clarke ( Clarke IP Ltd ), who writes: "You may be interested to hear of this extremely distasteful (alleged - I've not checked any facts) attempt to register trade marks for the flight numbers of the two downed Malaysian Airlines jets - the recent...
EU White Paper On Copyright Reform Delayed Till Autumn
The European Commission white paper on its ongoing copyright reform will not be available until early fall, a Commission source said this week. Officials had previously indicated that the paper might be published this month.
Global Project Looks At Takedown Notices Across The Internet
The Takedown Project is a recent initiative bringing the research community together to explore how the notice-and-takedown procedure in cases of alleged online copyright infringement are handled by internet service providers around the world. The project aims to create...
IPR Update -- The First Pharma IPR Decisions
By Andrew Williams -- Late last month, while many of us were getting ready to attend the BIO International Convention in San Diego, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ("Board") issued four related inter partes review opinions, marking what many have called the first set of...
White House Website Includes Unique Non-Cookie Tracker, Conflicts With Privacy Policy
Yesterday, ProPublica reported on new research by a team at KU Leuven and Princeton on canvas fingerprinting . One of the most intrusive users of the technology is a company called AddThis, who by are employing it in “shadowing visitors to thousands of top websites, from...
U.S. Representatives Hear about Droit de Suite and Droit Moral
This portfolio should be enough to put you through college, my son The U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, held a Hearing on July 15 on “ Moral Rights, Termination Rights, Resale Royalty, and Copyright Term .” I jumped at the...
Going to San Diego Comic-Con? Put On Your Mask for the Surveillance Camera Network
In the TV series Person of Interest, two government artificial intelligence programs—one gone rogue—can access virtually every surveillance camera across New York City, including privately operated ones in places like parking garages, hotels, and apartment complexes. The creators...
At WTO, Nations Blast US For Continued Failure To Fix Havana Club Dispute
Since that fateful night in 1998 when former North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms slipped a provision on behalf of US rum-maker Bacardi into an appropriations bill blocking a Cuban-French company from using the Havana Club trademark in the US, it was expected the provision would...
The Term ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Key For Identity, Rights, UN Experts Say
United Nations experts are underlining the importance of using the term “indigenous peoples” in a UN draft set of sustainable development goals from which they say the term has been deleted.
India IP Policy Misrepresented By US Trade Representative, Indian Pharma Says
An Indian pharmaceutical industry group has challenged the United States Trade Representative’s assessment of India’s intellectual property protection regime and suggested that India received more severe treatment than other countries solely on the basis of treatment of...
USPTO Seeks Public Input on Application Pendency
By Donald Zuhn -- Earlier this month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a notice in the Federal Register (79 Fed. Reg. 38854) requesting comments from the public regarding optimal patent first action and total pendency target levels. The Office noted that the current...
The EFF Guide to San Diego Comic-Con 2014
More than 100,000 people will descend on San Diego Comic-Con this week, including yours truly representing the Electronic Frontier Foundation. If you’re one of the the lucky badge-holders with an interest in protecting Internet freedom, I’d love to chat with you and give you a sticker...
Precedent III - is it res judicata?
This is the third and, the IPKat expects, final post in this reflective series considering the role of “precedent” at the European Patent Office (EPO).  The previous two posts ( here and here ) have attracted considerable comment, much of which is worthwhile reading. There is...
Deep Dive: Updates to the Necessary and Proportionate Principles
July 10 marks one year since EFF and a coalition of hundreds of experts and human rights activists put the finishing touches on the Necessary and Proportionate Principles . These 13 Principles articulate how international human rights law should be applied to government...
TCPA Claim Against Taco Bell Fails For Lack of Agency
I mentioned before that a court said Taco Bell wasn’t liable for texts sent on its behalf because the plaintiff didn’t adequately allege the sender was Taco Bell’s agent (See “ Franchisor Isn’t Liable Under the TCPA for Franchisees’ Text Message Campaign – Thomas v. Taco Bell “). That...
Can The Dot Pharmacy New Generic Domain Be Impartial?
New generic top-level domain names seem set to be a constant source of discussions and dissension. The domain “.pharmacy” has been awarded to a United States pharmacy association with industry backing, stirring concerns among civil society and others. But the...
Never too late! If you missed the IPKat last week ...
Here is the third in our weekly series of compilations by our good friend and former guest Kat  Alberto  which list and briefly summarise the feature posts (excluding the regular around-ups) that have appeared on this weblog over the previous week and which readers...
Book Review: Odds Against Tomorrow
By Nathaniel Rich, link to Kindle edition here . I bought this because it received a NEVIL award , as did my own global warming science fiction novel “Last Week” ( FREE PDF file for that here ). This novel would be improved by just scrapping the third part. None of that makes sense to me...
Conference & CLE Calendar
July 20-22, 2014 - 2014 Annual Meeting & Conference (National Association of Patent Practitioners) - Alexandria, Virginia July 22, 2014 - "America Invents Act: Patent Strategies and Reforms Counsel Needs to Know" (Commercial Law WebAdvisor) - 1:00 to 2:30 pm (Eastern)...
EU-Funded Platform Connects SMEs, Researchers On Green Tech
A European Union-funded initiative is seeking to strengthen the links between small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the research community on environmental technologies.
Calling All Hackers: Help Us Build an Open Wireless Router
EFF is releasing an experimental hacker alpha release of wireless router software specifically designed to support secure, shareable Open Wireless networks . We will be officially launching the Open Wireless Router today at the HOPE X (Hackers on Planet Earth) conference in New...
IPO Annual Meeting
The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) will be holding its 42nd Annual Meeting on September 7-9, 2014 in Vancouver, Canada. Among the presentations being offered at the annual meeting are: • Recent U.S. Supreme Court Patent Case Law Update • America Invents Act (AIA) Trial...
Former State Department Executive Calls Executive Order 12333 a “Legal Loophole” for Spying on...
“What kind of data is the NSA collecting on millions, or hundreds of millions, of Americans?" That’s the question John Napier Tye, a former State Department section chief for Internet freedom, calls on the government to answer in his powerful op-ed published today by the Washington...
Where are You, Congress? Alice v. CLS Bank and “The Case Against Patents”
By: Stuart P. Meyer A recent episode of NPR’s “Planet Money” was entitled “ The Case Against Patents .”  Several notable commentators in that episode questioned whether patents help or hinder innovation, whether history supports the benefits of a patent system, and whether patent terms...
FieldScripts: a tale of prescriptive planting, digital disruption and sub-optimal trust
You can beg all you like: it's all but impossible to repair a sub-optimal level of trust ... All too often, we in the IP world forget about the centrality of trust in the successful exploitation of even world-class innovation. However cutting-edge the technology, and no matter how effective...
Friday fantasies
Several fresh events have been added to the IPKat's Forthcoming Events page , including a good number that offer discounts on the registration fee in respect of IPKat weblog readers (special offers are usually easy to spot, since they tend to be in bold red text ). Do check the list...
Book Review: The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future
By Naomi Oreskes and Eric M. Conway. I bought the Kindle version  because of this review by Joe Romm at Climate Progress . I am not quite sure if this is fiction or not. The basic premise is that in 2393 Chinese historians look back at how global warming has played out and why humanity...
Two Community trade mark appeals head for the CJEU: do you want to have a say?
Following an adverse ruling by the General Court in   Case T-221/12 ,  Sunrider has launched an appeal to the Court of Justice of the European Union in what is now renumbered as  Case C-142/14 P   The Sunrider Corporation v OHIM .  At stake is the...
Medicines Patent Pool Signs 7 New Sub-Licences For Generic HIV Drugs
The Medicines Patent Pool has announced seven new sub-licensing agreements to produce generic HIV medicines in order to make more affordable versions available to developing countries.
Deep Dive: In Defense of A Neutral Net
The Federal Communications Commission is about to make a critical decision about whether Internet providers will be allowed to discriminate against certain websites. The issue is network neutrality —the principle that Internet providers must treat all data that travels over their networks equally...
Human Eggs That Can’t Develop Into Human Beings Should Be Patentable, EU High Court...
Unfertilised human eggs that can't develop into human beings are generally not “human embryos” within the meaning of the EU directive on the legal protection of biotechnological inventions, a 17 July European Court of Justice Advocate General opinion said. The opinion is...
EU Commissioner Hails Open Knowledge, Urges Copyright Reform
Neelie Kroes, vice-president of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda, today hailed open knowledge in government, science, the internet, and education, and called again for "urgent reform" of copyright.
Biopatent Opinion: will it be "ova and out" for pluripotent human cells?
Advocate General Cruz Villalon published his Opinion today in Case C‑364/13 International Stem Cell Corporation v Comptroller General of Patents , a reference to the Court of Justice of the European Community from the Patents Court, England and Wales, of the following question: ‘Are...
USPTO Proposes Rules Changes in View of Novartis v. Lee
By Donald Zuhn -- Last month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register (79 Fed. Reg. 34681) discussing changes to the rules of practice to implement the Federal Circuit's decision in Novartis AG v. Lee. In...
Open Source Madness
The Yorba Foundation, a non-profit group that produces open source Linux desktop software, reported last week that it was denied tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status by the IRS . The group had waited nearly five years for a decision. The IRS stated that, because the software Yorba develops...
Don't Emulate the United States' Terrible Surveillance Oversight, Britain
Update: As predicted, DRIP has already become law: it received royal assent on Thursday July 17, 2014. The UK government is currently forcing through Parliament a wide-ranging set of changes to that country's digital surveillance and data retention law. The pace of the...
Textbooks For An “Intellectual Property For Engineers” Course
I have been exploring teaching a one unit course in the undergraduate Engineering School called something like “IP for Engineers.” As part of researching this course, I flagged several books for closer review. Here are some mini-reviews of the books I examined first-hand (all...
UNAIDS Gap Report: Need Smarter Scale-Up, Focus On People Left Behind
According to a report released today by the United Nations programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), around 19 million of the 35 million people living with HIV do not know that they have the virus. But if the right steps are taken, the epidemic could be ended by 2030, it says.
EFF, ACLU Join Idaho Mom’s Legal Challenge to NSA Surveillance
Court of Appeals Agrees to Expedite Case Over Telephone Records Collection Coeur d'Alene, Idaho - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho have announced they will join Anna Smith's...
BRICS Urged To Create New Model Of Internet Governance
As the governments of the largest emerging economies gather this week in Brazil, a civil society coalition has issued a call for them to lead change in the global system of internet governance in light of revelations of mass surveillance. The groups provide suggestions for...
U.S. Patent No. 6,634,948: Game System and Information Storage Medium
U.S. Patent No. 6,634,948: Game system and information storage medium Issued Oct. 21, 2003, to Namco Summary: The ‘948 patent allows a second player to seamlessly join a game without affecting gameplay. Whenever a player is involved in a game, a second player can send a request...
EFF Joins 35 Organizations, Companies, and Security Experts Calling on President Obama to...
EFF joined a group of thirty-five civil society organizations, companies, and security experts that sent a letter on Monday encouraging President Obama to veto S. 2588, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (“CISA”) of 2014. The letter states: CISA fails to offer a comprehensive solution...
New Mexico Inmate Faces 90 Days in Solitary Confinement Over a Facebook Profile
Update: A few hours after we posted this, New Mexico Corrections Department informed us that inmate Eric Aldaz's Facebook-related disciplinary infractions have been thrown out. More information at the bottom. Like more than a billion other people on the planet, Eric Aldaz had a...
FMC + Musicians vs FCC on Net Neutrality
Our friends at the Future of Music Coalition rounded up a star list of songwriters, performers, and independent artists try and get the FCC to back off its plans to wreck net neutrality. Kevin Erickson was kind enough to send me a link to the collected artists' comments, which you can read...
360 Applicants Bid For Top WIPO Posts; Selection Process Underway
The World Intellectual Property Organization is currently engaged in an unprecedented process for the selection of the new top management team to serve under recently re-elected Director General Francis Gurry. The open call for applicants resulted in some 360 applications from around...
Trade, Innovation, Competition, IP In Two New Discussion Papers
The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development recently issued papers on competition analyses of licensing agreements and on the measurement of trade and innovation.
EU copyright Public Consultation responses Katseries #2: linking and browsing
As reported by this very blog, yesterday afternoon the Directorate General for Internal Market and Services of the European Commission released its  Report  on the 9,500 responses to the  Public Consultation on the Review of EU...
Stewart Title Guaranty Co. v. Segin Software, LLC (PTAB 2014)
By Michael Borella -- On April 12, 2013, Segin Software sued Stewart Title and several other parties for infringement of U.S. Patent No. 8,165,939. The defendants filed a petition with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office requesting post-grant review of claims 1-10 of the '939 patent under...
Wednesday whimsies
Around the weblogs.   Over on the increasingly busy SOLO IP blog, IPKat team member  contrasts the fortunes  of IP practitioners in small practices with those of medical practitioners: which has had the better deal over the past few decades?  Having survived...
BREAKING: Report on responses to Public Consultation on EU copyright now available
KAT-EXCLUSIVE: One of the many messages that reached the Commission during the time of the Consultation As this blog reported a few days ago, there were rumours that, whilst publication of the  White Paper on EU copyright had been indefinitely delayed at least until September...
U.S. Patent No. 6,641,481: Simplified Matchmaking
U.S. Patent No. 6,641,481: Simplified matchmaking Issued November 4, 2003, to Microsoft Summary: For those of you who play Xbox Live, the ‘481 patent (aka “Quitters Play Together”) will be right up your alley. This patent describes a method for matching users with similar backgrounds...
MtGox Investigation
There was a creditor meeting in the MtGox case today. MtGox distributed a report to creditors and  posted it on their website . According to that report, the investigation on who stole all those bitcoins has been outsourced to some accounting firms. From the report: V. Investigation of...
Italian court says that Wikipedia cannot be responsible for third party content
Earlier this month the Tribunale di Roma (Rome District Court) had some say on the liability of hosting providers for third party content.  It was not an IP case, but rather a slander/defamation one, and concerned the Italian version of the Wikipedia pages dedicated to Italian entrepreneur...
FIT as Efficient Auctions
Craig Morris at Renewables International kindly quotes my recent blog post about the recent German reform of the feed-in tariff. And he makes a very interesting point in closing his post: No problem – show me a bidding process that is more cost-effective than feed-in tariffs and provides...
The Case of the Luxembourgish Franc
I am reading the June 2014 FATF report “Virtual Currencies: Key Definitions and Potential AML/CTF Risks” . The FATF (Financial Action Task Force) will have some major influence on the coming wave of worldwide Bitcoin regulation. They are in the business of setting worldwide...
Subscription Services for Books
In today's "Whatever" blog entry, John Scalzi talks about his books and various subscription services . The short form is that he would want to see the money, first. Since his novels are controlled by a big-name publisher there would also need to be some money flowing to that publisher. The way...
Another Blogger Wins a Fair Use Defense For a Photo–Leveyfilm v. Fox Sports
Danielle Wysocki blogged at “The Jersey Catcher,” a sports blog for women. On December 6, 2010, she blogged about a lawsuit over the 1985 novelty rap song “ The Super Bowl Shuffle ,” sung by members of the Chicago Bears football team. (I’m reluctantly including a link to the video...
Microsoft Online Portal Aims At Increased Innovation, IPR Use In Africa
Microsoft, a strong advocate of intellectual property protection, has launched an online IP portal in Kenya with the aim of helping innovators better understand different means of protecting their software and reap the economic benefits of their innovations. The initiative is planned to...
AG Villalón's parthenotes Opinion in IMC could provide stem cell research certainty (at least for...
Now only if  we could clone Kats.... Following from the IPKat's alert last week of the Advocate General's Opinion in the  reference from Henry Carr QC (sitting as Deputy Judge of the High Court) [not Mr Justice Arnold, as previously indicated] in International Stem Cell...
Tuesday tiddlywinks
This Kat has recently heard from his friends at Coller IP that they've been busily preparing a report, "3D Bioprinting of human transpant organs – A patent landscape", that might be of major interest to many readers of this weblog. It's the fruit of a work experience project undertaken by Mohsan...
Mergulhando Fundo: Atualizações para os Princípios Necessários e Proporcionais
O dia 10 de julho marca um ano desde que a EFF e uma coalizão de centenas de especialistas e ativistas de direitos humanos deram os últimos retoques nos Princípios Necessários e Proporcionais . Esses 13 Princípios explicam como a legislação internacional de direitos...
Lest You Had Any Doubts, the ALA is on the Right Side Again
I got an update from American Library Association (ALA) letting me know that they had joined with other higher education and library organization to file a joint comment to the FCC in support of net neutrality . This should serve to remind everyone that while the Internet is perhaps the...
Buceo Profundo: Actualizaciones de los Principios Necesario y Proporcional
El 10 de Julio marca un año desde que EFF y una coalición de cientos de expertos y activistas de DDHH pusieron los toques finales a los Principios Necesario y Proporcional . Estos 13 Principios articulan cómo la ley internacional de los derechos humanos se debe aplicar...
Stop Sneaky Online Tracking with EFF's Privacy Badger
Add-On for Firefox and Chrome Prevents Spying by Ads, Social Widgets, and Hidden Trackers San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has released a beta version of Privacy Badger, a browser extension for Firefox and Chrome that detects and blocks online advertising...
Ten million! Thanks so much ...
This morning the IPKat weblog's Google page-view counter  (which readers may have noticed in the sidebar on the left-hand side of the IPKat's home page) reached the magical, if admittedly arbitrary, figure of 10,000,000.  The Kat, together with Merpel, just wanted to take...
Italian court says that YouTube’s Content ID should be used to block allegedly infringing contents
A couple of months ago this blog   reported  that the  Tribunale di Torino (Turin District Court) had   rejected   an application for an interim injunction brought by Delta TV in the context of proceedings between this and Google and...
John Allen (1970-2014)
It is with great sadness that the IPKat has learned of the untimely death of a popular member of the intellectual property community, NautaDutilh partner John Allen.  The firm's website this morning states thus : "We were shocked to learn that our much-loved colleague...
Software Sector Leads Pack in 2Q Venture Funding and Biotech Sector Finishes Second
By Donald Zuhn -- Last week, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), a trade association representing the U.S. venture capital industry, released the results of its MoneyTree Report on venture funding for the second quarter of 2014. The report, which is prepared by the...
IPO Webinar on Inter Partes Reviews of Pharmaceutical Patents
The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) will offer a one-hour webinar entitled "Inter Partes Reviews of Pharmaceutical Patents: Understanding How IPRs are Changing the Landscape of Innovator/Generic Litigation" on July 23, 2014 beginning at 2:00 pm (ET). Paul Golian of...
Book Review: Surviving Abe
Surviving Abe: A Climate-Fiction Novel by J.Z. O’Brien, link to the Kindle edition I bought. This is not, as someone living in Japan (like me) might think, about the Japanese Prime Minister. It is also not so much about global warming. The “Abe” in the title is a destructive storm, but it only sets the...
Does anyone fancy some McFashion?
In case you haven’t seen it yet, Moschino’s Autumn/Winter 2014 Collection includes a big portion of McDonald’s inspired items. It is comprised of French fries phone covers, a Happy Meal box handbag and a soft drink cup handbag amongst others. McDonald’s is the world’s largest...
Commission Power Grab Failure
The EU Commission may think that their illegal power grab ordering Germany around in the latest round of reform of the Law on Priority of Renewable Energy was a success. And, on the surface, it was. Congratulations to the Commission, they did manage to have a larger influence on the final...
EFF Gives Court More Detail on Government’s Destruction of Evidence
EFF has filed the final brief in its dispute with the government over evidence preservation in Jewel v. NSA , one of our ongoing lawsuits against mass surveillance. As the brief explains, the government has admitted to destroying years of evidence of its mass spying, and this...
Deadly Effects of Unaffordable Medicines (TPP)
On the eve of the next round of secret talks on the festering pushole that is the TPP - the trade treaty so secret it can only be seen the by the multinational corporations that are writing it - MSF is once again attempting to encourage some variant of sanity . As I've written before...
Report: Switzerland Again World’s Most Innovative; North-South Innovation Divide Remains
Is Europe the most innovative region in the world? In a well-regarded report, Switzerland has again been deemed the world’s most innovative nation, followed by the United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland and the Netherlands. But the annual Global Innovation Index also shows a persistent...
Green paper consultation on GIs, plus an update on Nico's "trophy" helmet
The European Commission has this week launched a Green Paper consultation on a potential extension of geographical indication (aka 'GI') protection to non-agricultural products.   This Kat finds this quite an interesting issue which the European...
Fieldscripts, Monsanto
All too often, we in the IP world forget about the centrality of trust in the successful exploitation of even world-class innovation. However cutting-edge the technology, and no matter how effective is the larger ecosystem to successfully commercialize these developments, a sub-optimal level...
House Tries One More Time: Targeting Rogue and Opaque Letters Act of 2014 ("TROL Act")
By Andrew Williams -- U.S. Representative Lee Terry (R-NE) opened a recent subcommittee meeting by quoting Thomas Edison: "The most certain way to succeed is to try one more time." The occasion was the meeting of the House's Energy and Commerce Committee's...
Reber's chocolate dancing dream ends in meltdown
When life is hard and one's daily tasks are tiresome , what better tonic is there than a bit of chocolate?  This Kat can't actually offer you any, but the next best thing is a guest post from Katfriend and occasional contributor Valentina Torelli on a ruling from Europe's top court today...
General Noriega Attacks Activision: How The ‘Right of Publicity’ Led A Dictator to Censor Call...
In Call of Duty: Black Ops II, players engage in a variety of missions. In some, they encounter nonfiction characters, including a character based on General Manuel Noriega , the former military dictator of Panama. As with movies or books, a creator of a video game might include real-world...
Philips Win Patent Infringement Suit Against Nintendo
This moggy has not played a computer game since the Atari console system in the early 1980s, and so felt technically and culturally unqualified to write about the Philips and Nintendo litigation which has resulted in the recent judgment from the Patents Court. Fortunately, his...
Codex Alimentarius Adopts New Food Safety Recommendations
A joint United Nations commission on food safety this week has set several new standards on level of lead, arsenic and drugs appearing in food.
BREAKING: Do not expect to read the EU copyright White Paper while on your summer holiday
Claire was waiting for the White Paper, but now she will have to sleep on read the sports papers instead Last month this blog   published   an  internal draft  of the forthcoming White Paper on " A Copyright Policy for Creativity and Innovation in the European Union...
Switzerland Again World’s Most Innovative; North-South Innovation Divide Persists
Switzerland has again been deemed the world’s most innovative nation, followed by the United Kingdom and Sweden. But the annual Global Innovation Index also shows a persistent innovation divide between developed and developing countries, and focuses on the human factor in...
UN Human Rights Report and the Turning Tide Against Mass Spying
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has released an excellent report today on the right to privacy in the digital age , blasting the digital mass surveillance that has been taking place, unchecked, by the U.S., the U.K, and other world governments. The report is issued in response to a...
EPO Bound again - more precedental than ever: Precedent 2
The IPKat was very heartened by the responses to the post on Tuesday on the concepts of "precedent" and "binding nature" at the European Patent Office.  While all commenters did not agree, with him or with each other, taken together he thought the comments very constructive...
Noriega Sues Activision Over Call of Duty Character
Jumping on the "Hey, that's me!" bandwagon, Former Panama dictator Manuel Noriega, 80, filed a lawsuit in California yesterday against video game publisher Activision Blizzard Inc., alleging that Call of Duty: Black Ops II portrays him as "a kidnapper, murderer and enemy of...
Act Immediately to Stop Congress’s Sneaky Move to Shut Down Broadband Competition
In the flurry of activity yesterday surrounding the FCC’s comment deadline on the net neutrality debate, members of Congress are quietly trying to slip through a bill that will block the development of real alternatives for high-speed Internet. Representative Marsha Blackburn introduced an...
EFF to FCC: Defend the Neutral Internet
Agency Must Abandon Dangerous Traffic-Discrimination Plan San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that the agency must abandon its current, dangerous plan to allow for Internet traffic discrimination. Instead, EFF...
UN Human Rights Report Finds Significant Harm, Possible Illegality, In Mass Surveillance
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay today released a report criticising government mass surveillance, including the coercion of companies to release individuals’ information without their knowledge or consent. This activity is “severely hindering” accountability...
Deputy Directory Lee Announces the Request for Written Comments to Help Improve PTAB...
By Andrew Williams -- In a post from yesterday entitled "Help Improve our AIA Trial Proceedings," Michelle Lee, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, announced on the Director's Forum...
Planet Money on the Case Against Patents
NPR's Planet Money podcast did a segment on the case against patents . It's mostly an exploration of how one would cope economically in a world without protection for certain kinds of IP. Sadly, they continue the mini-fiction that Tesla is "giving away" its patents . The show is largely based on a...
With 51 Ratifications, Nagoya Protocol To Enter Into Force In October
The Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing of genetic resources will enter into force on 12 October, following the ratification of 12 more countries last week.
What is precedent and does the EPO have it?
From time to time in the comments of the IPKat there arise debates, sometime heated, about the question of precedent – whether a case, decision or instruction is “binding” on some tribunal or other.  Particularly at the European Patent Office (EPO) the issue is contradictory...
German Federal Court of Justice: EEG is Constitutional
The German Federal Court of Justice has published a decision from June 25 on an attempt to resist the German feed-in tariff system. The plaintiff in that case paid the feed-in tariff surcharges for April 2012 (about 10,000 Euro) and claims them back with this lawsuit. They argue that...
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