[A2k] IP-Enforcement Roundup - August 29, 2011

Michael Palmedo mpalmedo at wcl.american.edu
Mon Aug 29 13:26:02 PDT 2011

Progressive IP Experts From Around the World Meet in a Global Congress,
Prepare a Declaration to Establish Priorities for Promoting the Public
Interest in IP Law and Policy


Seeking to ensure that public policy initiatives concerning intellectual
property serve the public interest, more than 170 scholars,
policymakers, and policy advocates from approximately 35 countries
traveled to American University Washington College of Law (WCL) for the
first Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest,
August 25-27, 2011.  The attendees at the three-day deliberation aimed
to build a positive agenda for intellectual property policy in the next
decade - one composed of proposals that maximize both technological and
cultural innovation and enable activities that serve the broader, global
public interest.  Click here for more.


EU Green Party Seeks Comments on Draft Reports on the Public Interest
Impact of ACTA 


The EU Green Party has released two draft reports on ACTA, which are
available for comment 30 days through an online forum.  A study on ACTA
and Fundamental Rights, by Douwe Korff and Ian Brown, examines argues
that ACTA is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights
and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, so adoption and implementation
of the Agreement would be illegal under EU law. A study on ACTA and
Access to Medicines, by Sean Flynn argues that the ACTA process and
substance is counter to two sets of specific instructions contained in
European Parliament resolutions and supported by international human
rights law. Click here for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/5243> 


U.S. Urges Chile to Strengthen Data Exclusivity and Patent Linkage for


Inside U.S. Trade reports that the US government has urged Chile "to
strengthen the system by which patent owners can challenge the approval
of allegedly infringing generic pharmaceuticals to be sold in that
market, and its protection of test data used to demonstrate the safety
and efficacy of drugs against use by generic companies."   This took
place at a meeting of the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Commission, a body
established by the US-Chile FTA which has since been a forum for
disputes over IP and medicines.  Industry sources cited in the article
thought the current Presidential administration may be open to making
these changes - as evidenced by the creation of an interagency committee
on IPRs last year - but that it may have trouble getting the
opposition-controlled legislature to pass such measures.  Click here for
more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/5251>   


Canadian Universities Clash with Access Copyright Over Licensing Fees


The Canadian copyright clearinghouse Access Copyright, which allows
universities to reprint and upload copyrighted course materials for
students in exchange for a licensing fee, has raised the fee from $18 to
$45 per student. In response, over a dozen universities have announced
they will not renew their contracts with Access Copyright, preferring to
clear copyrights themselves on a case-by-case basis. Click here for
more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/5266> 


Events and Deadlines


*         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

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



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