[A2k] IP Enforcement Roundup - August 22, 2011

Michael Palmedo mpalmedo at wcl.american.edu
Mon Aug 22 06:24:59 PDT 2011

Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest to Open
August 25


The Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest
will bring together scholars, policymakers, and policy advocates to
discuss and deliberate about opportunities for constructing a positive
policy and research agenda.  The opening session will begin at 1pm
August 25 with a public discussion about the changing technological and
policy landscape that affects creative and innovative activities. It
will be in plenary session and will be open to the public and webcast
ary-webcast>  live and on demand. Prior to the opening, international
experts will hold a public press event to release two draft reports
commissioned by the EU Parliamentary Greens on the Anti-Counterfeiting
Trade Agreement (ACTA), and to analyze the public interest impact of the
Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. Click here for more.


Court Rules Against Parallel Trade of Textbooks Manufactured Outside of
the U.S.


The 2nd U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled that "the
first sale doctrine, which allows a person who buys a legally produced
copyrighted work to sell or otherwise dispose of the work as he sees
fit, does not apply to works manufactured outside of the United States."
The court found Supap Kirtgaeng guilty of copyright infringement for
selling Asian editions of Wiley & Sons textbooks that had been shipped
to him by friends and family who purchased the books in Thailand.  The
books had been manufactured under license by an Asian subsidiary of
Wiley & Sons.  Click here for more.


Rep. Smith Promises to Introduce a House Version of the PROTECT-IP Act
in September, CBO Scores the Senate Version


Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith has promised to introduce a
House version of the PROTECT-IP Act in September.  According to a story
in The Hill, details of the House version are still being ironed out,
but "the bill may try to cut off payments made to U.S. companies that
are generated by intellectual property theft in China and other
countries. Smith said this bill can also be expected to increase funds
for the Department of Justice for Internet-protocol enforcement."  Click
here for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/4941> 


Seven Members of Congress: No 12 Year Periods of Data Exclusivity in the


Earlier this month, seven members of Congress wrote President Obama to
"strongly recommend that the United States refrain from negotiating any
provisions related to exclusivity for biosimilar medicines" in the Trans
Pacific Partnership. The letter from Reps. Waxman, McDermott, Stark,
DeLauro, Schakowsky, Welch and Grijalva quotes a recent OMB report: "12
year exclusivity is unnecessary to promote innovation by brand biologic
drug manufacturers and can potentially harm consumers by directing
scarce research and development funding toward developing low-risk
clinical data for drug products with proven mechanisms of action rather
than toward new products to address unmet medical needs." Click here for
more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/4963> 


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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