[A2k] IP Enforcement Roundup - August 1

Michael Palmedo mpalmedo at wcl.american.edu
Mon Aug 1 11:25:28 PDT 2011

India and EU Announce Agreement on Dispute Over Seizures of Drugs in


India's Ministry of Commerce and Industry has announced an agreement
with the EU to settle their dispute over the seizure of Indian generic
drugs in transit.  The EU has agreed to adopt guidelines for its customs
officials preventing them from seizing medicines in transit unless they
have evidence that the goods will enter the European market, and would
therefore infringe patent rights in the EU.  In return, "India will not
request the establishment of a dispute settlement panel at the WTO" as
long as the understanding is upheld. Click here for more.


3 Governors, 3 Trade Associations, and 5 Theater Chains Urge Senators to
Support the PROTECT-IP Act


The Motion Picture Association of America has announced eleven different
letters in support of the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic
Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act (S.968 - the
'PROTECT-IP Act).  Gov. Dannel Malloy wrote that "15,000 people living
in Connecticut are either directly or indirectly employed by the film
industry."  Gov. Beverly Perdue wrote that "piracy represents a direct
attack on over 3,000 crafts people" employed by the film industry in
North Carolina.  Gov. Gary Herbert of Utah did not give jobs figures
from his state, but said that piracy cost a total of 2.5 million jobs in
the G20 economies (a figure contained in a recent BASCAP report). Click
here for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/4591> 


Two Letters from Congress to Obama on IP in the TPP

Forty members of the House of Representatives have written President
Obama urging that the intellectual property chapter of the Trans Pacific
Partnership (TPP) include a requirement that countries offer 12 years of
data exclusivity for new biologic drugs: "...we urge you to support
current U.S. law on biologics, which provides for 12 years of
protection. The U.S.-led biopharmaceutical industry would be
disadvantaged if the U.S. does not ensure consistency with U.S. law as
part of the TPP, because foreign countries do not provide the same type
of protection rules."  Another letter from fourteen House Democrats
urged Obama to uphold a 2007 trade policy that grants greater
flexibility in intellectual property rules - including data exclusivity
- that influence access to medicines.  Click here for more.


Mexican Senate Urges President to Reject ACTA


The Mexican Senate has released a statement urging President Calderon to
reject the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.  A statement by a group
of Senators led by Eloy Cantu Segovia (translated by Geraldine Juarez,
and printed in English on Techdirt) argues that ACTA "would violate the
principle of the presumption of innocence... would be a limitation to
the 'universlaization of internet access desirable in Mexican
society'... and that it could lead to a censorship of internet content
and therefore a restriction of freedom in its operation and neutrality."
The statement also said that the "process of negotiating this agreement
violated the Law on Approval of Treaties on Economic Matters." Click
here for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/4587> 


Events and Deadlines


*         August 25-27 - Global Congress on Public Interest Intellectual
Property Law <http://infojustice.org/public-events/global-congress> 

*         September 5 - The Economics of Intellectual Property - IP and
Innovations for Growth and Welfare in a Closing World Economy

*         September 19 - Deadline for Submissions to MSF for "Ideas
Contest" on Ways to Amend TRIPS to promote public health

*         September 13 - Video Streaming on Digital Devices: Will
Broadband Clash With Copyright? <http://ipbreakfast.eventbrite.com/>  

*         September 14 - U.S. IPR Center Symposium - Online IP Theft in
the 21st Century.










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