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Blog posts of all IP law news and insights.

Transition At IP-Watch: A New Path Forward

Dear Readers, After 15 years of original, independent, thoughtful, and timely reporting on global policymaking from the inside, Intellectual Property Watch (IP-Watch) is announcing today a pause on reporting services as it embarks on a transition phase to devise new strategies for future work. Intellectual Property Watch is proud to have provided a public service …

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Health Policy Watch – Continuing The IP-Watch Tradition Of Vibrant Health Reporting

Following today’s announcement of a one-year pause on IP-Watch reporting, we invite all IP-Watch readers to sign up here for free daily, weekly or monthly news bulletins from our sister publication, Health Policy Watch, which will include health-related IP reporting as part of its portfolio. You can follow Health Policy Watch (healthpolicy-watch.org) on Twitter @HealthPolicyW Launched …

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Inside Views: Everything Is Obvious

By Ryan Abbott, Professor of Law and Health Sciences, University of Surrey School of Law and Adjunct Assistant Professor, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles [Note: Originally published in the UCLA Law Review here. Reprinted with permission.] For more than sixty years, “obviousness” has set the bar for patentability.  Under …

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Inside Views: Interview With Charles Gore, Medicines Patent Pool Executive Director

Charles Gore took over the role of Executive Director at the Medicines Patent Pool in July 2018, just after its board decided to greatly expand its mandate into essential medicines. Nine months into his term, IP-Watch’s William New talked with him about his role and how the expansion is going. Gore took up the post …

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Inside Views: South Africa Moves Forward With Creator Rights Agenda

21/03/2019 by Intellectual Property Watch 5 Comments By Sean Flynn, Associate Director, Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, American University Washington College of Law South Africa took another step toward enactment of a Copyright Amendment Bill focused on improving the lot of creators. On March 20, the committee of jurisdiction in the National Council …

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EU Agrees To Accede To Controversial WIPO Agreement Raising GI Protection

European Union member states today agreed to accede to an agreement negotiated under the World Intellectual Property Organization that raises protections for geographical indications, products whose names derive from a particular regions with certain characteristics. Joining the so-called Geneva Act establishes a GI register for agricultural and non-agricultural products and appears to have the effect …

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Inventors, Licensing Groups Back US Withdrawal From Standards-Essential Patent Pact

A coalition of inventors, patent licensing, business and political groups has issued a letter of support for an effort by Trump administration agencies to withdraw from an Obama-era arrangement with the US Patent and Trademark Office on standards-essential patents that the groups say is harming innovation. Standards-essential patents (SEPs) are those deemed vital for all …

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Saudis Seek Alternative Energy Partners Through WIPO Green Program

The government of oil-dependent Saudi Arabia has posted a series of requests for proposals for renewable energy technology partnerships via the World Intellectual Property Organization “Green” initiative that provides a marketplace for IP-protected products related to the environment. The initiative is aimed at boosting the King Abdullah City for Atomic & Renewable Energy, a WIPO …

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WIPO Election: Who Will Run To Be The Next Director General?

The decision is a year away, but there has been buzz for months around who might run in the election to be the next director general of the World Intellectual Property Organization. Intellectual Property Watch shares with you some of the names we’ve heard in the early going, completely unofficially and in no way intended …

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