[A2k] IP Enforcement Roundup - August 15, 2011

Michael Palmedo mpalmedo at wcl.american.edu
Mon Aug 15 10:04:15 PDT 2011

USTR Staff Meets with Civil Society on Intellectual Property and Access
to Medicines


On August 10, USTR staff met civil society actors to discuss the
intellectual property and pharmaceutical provisions in the Trans Pacific
Partnership.  Assistant US Trade Representative Stan McCoy said that
USTR's broad goals in the negotiation are economic integration among
diverse trading partners, and raising U.S. exports (including exports
from branded and generic drug firms).  USTR wants to increase access to
medicines, and strong IP will "stabilize expectations" about when
generic entry can occur.  McCoy used the word "access" to mean the
entrance of a product onto the market, and drew a distinction between
"access" and "pricing."  Click here for more.


U.S. Government Seeks Comments on Strategy to Eliminate Counterfeits in
the U.S. Government Supply Chain


An interagency Working Group comprised of staff from the Office of the
IP Enforcement Coordinator, Office of Management and Budget, Department
of Defense, NASA, and the General Services Administration has been
formed to "eliminate counterfeit products from the U.S. Government
supply chain."  It recently issued a Federal Register Notice listing its
six core obectives, and requesting comments from the public on how to
meet them. The objectives include determining whether the government
needs to develop additional regulatory actions or increase measures
needed to prosecute offenders.  Comments are due September 16.  Click
here for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/4862> 


Judge Denies Motion to Release Domain Names Seized in Operation In Our


A federal judge has denied the Spanish company Puerto 80's motion to
release the domains rojadirectica.com and rojadirectica.org, seized by
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement through Operation In Our Sites.
The seized websites included links to third party websites which
illegally streamed copyrighted sports events.  Judge Paul Crotty held
that the seizures do not cause "substantial hardship" sufficient to
justify releasing the domains, despite a 32% reduction in traffic.
Puerto 80 has moved the sites to other domains, and he stated that the
company has the ability to "simply distribute information about the
seizure and its new domain names to its customers."  Judge Crotty also
rejected first amendment arguments put forward by Puerto 80.  Click here
for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/4867>  


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 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.

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






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