[Ip-health] Infojustice Roundup - June 30, 2014

Michael Palmedo mpalmedo at wcl.american.edu
Mon Jun 30 12:30:54 PDT 2014

Infojustice Roundup 


Trans-Atlantic Consumer Dialogue TTIP Stakeholder Forum and Side Event
on Intellectual Property 


Last week, the Trans-Atlantic Consumer Dialogue held a day-long
stakeholder forum on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership,
at which consumer groups heard from, and talked to, the Chief
negotiators from the  US and EU.  The following day, a side event at the
Capitol Building discussed the impact of the agreement on access to
knowledge, access to medicines, and digital rights.  For more see


*         TACD Page on the Stakeholder Forum

*         Video of the Hill Briefings <http://keionline.org/node/2024> ,
posted by KEI 

*         Notes on the Hill Briefings:  Access to Knowledge & Digital
Rights <http://infojustice.org/archives/32894>  | Access to Medicine


WIPO Copyright Committee: More Rights Or Limitations/Exceptions? 


[Catherine Saez,] The World Intellectual Property Organization copyright
committee meets next week with some uncertainty. Unable to agree on the
future work of the committee at the end of the last session, delegates
will have to decide how they want to advance work on a proposed treaty
protecting broadcasting organisations, and on limitations and exceptions
to copyright for the benefit of libraries and education. Click here for
the full story on IP Watch.


Leaked draft of Commission copyright white paper based on flawed


[Paul Keller]  Earlier this week the IPKat leaked what appears to be an
internal draft of the European Commission's white paper on copyright
policy reform ("A copyright policy for Creativity and Innovation in the
European Union"). Once finalized this white paper is supposed to sum up
the current Commission's position on making European copyright policy
fit for the digital environment. As such the white paper will build on
work that has been undertaken during the last couple of years, which
included the Licenses for Europe stakeholder dialogue, a number of
studies commissioned by the commission and a public consultation on a
review of the European copyright rules that generated more than 11
thousand responses. Click here for more. 


The Effect of Patent Litigation and Patent Assertion Entities on
Entrepreneurial Activity


[Catherine Tucker] Abstract: This paper empirically investigates the
statistical relation between levels of patent litigation and venture
capital ("VC") investment in the U.S. We find that VC investment, a
major funding source for entrepreneurial activity, initially increases
with the number of litigated patents, but that there is a "tipping
point" where further increases in the number of patents litigated are
associated with decreased VC investment, which suggests an inverted
U-shaped relation between patent litigation and VC investment. This
appears strongest for technology patents, and negligible for products
such as pharmaceuticals. There is some evidence of a similar inverted
U-shaped relation between patent litigation and the creation of new
small firms. Strikingly, we find evidence that litigation by frequent
patent litigators, a proxy for PAE litigation, is directly associated
with decreased VC investment with no positive effects initially. Click
here for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/32899>  



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