October 23, 2013
Intellectual Property Watch reports that civil society organizations have expressed concern over proposals for new EU customs regulations that they say would fail to prevent wrongful seizures of generic medicine on the basis of intellectual property rights infringement.
October 21, 2013
As South Africa drafts a new national intellectual property ("IP") policy, the UN Development Programme ("UNDP") has called on the country to use tools that are available under international trade law and to reform its patent policies to allow for greater access to medicine.
December 19, 2012
IP attaches stationed around the world by the US Patent and Trademark Office report that non-governmental organizations are playing a substantial role in attempting to undermine rights to intellectual property.
October 2, 2012
In a speech to the annual Assemblies of World Intellectual Property Organization member states, Francis Gurry, Director General of WIPO, said that new economic and technological realities require that a system of international rules on intellectual property be put in place in order to encourage innovation and create an "even playing field" among competitors.
September 12, 2012
In a recent post on PharmExecBlog, Susan Crowley, a former Merck executive who now advises companies on global issues, explains the short-sightedness of the recent trend toward shifting responsibility for corporate global policy development and advocacy to corporate social responsibility departments that do not understand, and are not trained to adequately address, the complicated policy issues arising in the global economy.
July 17, 2012
Last week, MEPs voted down the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), the goal of which is to establish international standards for intellectual property rights enforcement
July 11, 2012
At its 20th Session, the UN Human Rights Council supported recommendations made by the UN Special Rapporteur for Cultural Diversity that would shift the present approach to the protection of intellectual property to a "minimalist" approach that would treat IP as a "public good."
June 6, 2012
At a hearing in Washington, DC, of the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communication and Technology last week, there was bipartisan criticism of recent calls by Russia, China, and other countries to expand the UN International Telecommunication Union treaty to include internet governance.
May 14, 2012
Observers are warning that the coming changes to the International Telecommunication Regulations ("ITRs") treaty could lead to a global Internet governance system.
May 9, 2012
The European Court of Justice ruled last week that certain functional characteristics of computer software are not eligible for copyright protection, thereby permitting users to examine the programs and clone the functionality components.