[A2k] Infojustice Roundup - October 28, 2013
mpalmedo at wcl.american.edu
Mon Oct 28 12:27:25 PDT 2013
Internet Needs an Uncompromising "Marco Civil" in Brazil
[La Quadrature du Net, Link (CC-BY-SA)] Major organizations from all
around the world, defending free speech and freedoms online, signed this
open letter initiated by La Quadrature du Net. It encourages for a swift
adoption, in Brazil, of an uncompromising "Marco Civil de Internet" that
would truly guarantee freedoms online. The vote is scheduled on Tuesday.
Your organization can still sign the letter, after its publication, by
sending an email to signature (AT) laquadrature.net. Click here for
Michelle Bachelet Recommends Review of Trans Pacific Partnership Scope
[Mike Palmedo] Chilean Presidential Candidate Michelle Bachelet has
released a platform that includes a chapter on external relations,
including trade policy. She recommends that Chile undertake a "thorough
review of the scope and implications of the Trans Pacific Partnership."
She warns that the agreement may become an "indirect renegotiation" of
US-Chile Free Trade Agreement that could "weaken already established
agreements in intellectual property, pharmaceuticals, public
procurement, services and investments." Click here for more.
* AARP to Obama Administration: Trans Pacific Partnership Should
Not Require 12 Years of Data Exclusivity for Biologic Drugs
* EFF Deeplinks Blog. Public Interest Coalition Opposes
Fast-Track Authority for the TPP.
* Inside US Trade. Singapore To Host December TPP Ministerial;
Mexico Sees Deal Unlikely In 2013
Compulsory Licensing of Intellectual Property: A Viable Policy Lever for
Promoting Access to Critical Technologies?
[Charles R. McManis and Jorge Contreras]The chapter discusses the
statutory and treaty basis for compulsory patent licensing, briefly
reviews instances in which compulsory licenses have been issued, surveys
the economic rationale behind compulsory licensing and compares the
potential application of compulsory licensing in essential medicines and
climate change mitigation technology. Click here for the full book
Antigua Creating Platform To Monetize Suspended US IP Rights From WTO
[William New] The government of Antigua and Barbuda is said to be taking
steps to set up a platform to allow the tiny Caribbean nation to
monetize or otherwise take advantage of the suspension of US
intellectual property rights, as it is permitted to do by a World Trade
Organization dispute panel. The WTO panel had ruled that Antigua could
make up its loss in IP rights for US measures blocking Antiguan online
gambling in the US. A WTO Remedies Implementation Committee in Antigua
and Barbuda, made up of experts in IP and trade law, information
technology, and economics has held a meeting "geared toward harvesting
benefits" of the WTO case, according to a 23 October Antigua release.
Click here for the full story on IP Watch.
Rep. Goodlatte Introduces Patent Litigation Reform Bill
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte introduced a bill today
to address the ever increasing problem of abusive patent litigation.
The bipartisan Innovation Act (H.R. 3309) builds on the reforms that
were made last Congress in the America Invents Act and addresses certain
abusive practices taking place in our Courts. ... "The bipartisan
Innovation Act is designed to eliminate the abuses of our patent system,
discourage frivolous patent litigation and keep U.S. patent laws up to
date. These important actions will help fuel the engine of American
innovation and creativity, creating new jobs and growing our economy."
Click here for the full announcement, and link to the legislation.
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