[Ip-health] IP Enforcement Roundup - September 19, 2011

Michael Palmedo mpalmedo at wcl.american.edu
Mon Sep 19 15:15:50 PDT 2011

Changes to Weekly "Roundup" Email


Starting next week, this email will be renamed the "Infojustice
Roundup."  The scope will be widened to include more current, positive
developments of IP policy (while still containing updates on efforts to
strengthen IP enforcement), to include more content from others, and to
make the email less US-centric.  If you would like to suggest content,
please email infojustice.roundup at gmail.com. 


US Trade Representative Tables IP Text and Releases White Paper on Trade
and Access to Medicines at the Chicago TPP Negotiating Round


Last week, the U.S. tabled additional text on intellectual property at
the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiating round in Chicago.  The text is
confidential, but trade officials told reporters that it includes
TRIPS-Plus measures affecting access to medicines such as "stronger
patent linkage, patent term extension and data exclusivity provisions."
The inclusion of these provisions amounts to a retreat from the 2007
"May 10" trade policy meant to protect access to generic medicines in
developing countries.  USTR released a white paper on trade and access
to medicines, which did not describe in detail the American proposals on
IP.  It does indicate that TRIPS-Plus IP protection will be conditional
on the entry of new products into foreign markets within a "window" of
time.  The negotiating round included a stakeholder forum where
negotiators heard from a diverse range of civil society groups.  Click
here for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/5567> 


UK Culture Secretary Indicates Government May Seek Legislation to Combat
Online Infrigement


In a speech to the Royal Television Society, UK Culture Secretary Jeremy
Hunt has suggested that the British government may "look at legislative
solutions" to online copyright infringement.  His specific suggestions:
"A cross-industry body, perhaps modeled on the Internet Watch
Foundation, to be charged with identifying infringing websites against
which action could be taken; A streamlined legal process to make it
possible for the courts to act quickly; A responsibility on search
engines and ISPs to take reasonable steps to make it harder to access
sites that a court has deemed contain unlawful content or promote
unlawful distribution of content; A responsibility on advertisers to
take reasonable steps to remove their advertisements from these sites;
And finally a responsibility on credit card companies and banks to
remove their services from these sites."  Click here for more.


German Court Enforces Creative Commons License's Requirements for


Mike Linksvayer writes in Creative Commons' blog that a German court
recently enforced the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike
3.0 license against a far-right political party.  The photograph that
was the subject of the lawsuit was used "without providing attribution
to the photographer and without providing notice of the license used,
both core requirements of all CC licenses." Click here for the posting
on Creative Commons' blog.


Events and Deadlines


*         September 22 - Symposium of Intellectual Property (IP)
Authorities - Services for Access to Knowledge in Promoting Innovation
and Creativity. Hosted by WIPO

*         September 25 - Deadline to for Comments on EU Green Party
Reports on ACTA and the Public Interest

*         September 30 -  Workshop on Innovation and Patent
Harmonization, Boston University

*         September 26 to October 5 - WIPO Assembly of Member States

*         October 10 - WIPO Symposium on IP and Competition Policy

*         November 19-20 - Socially Responsible Licensing: Achieving
Social Equity through Voluntary Licensing.  Hosted by Boston University
and Warwick University.


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