The United States Trade Representative’s 2014 Special 301 Report both placed India on its Priority Watch List and announced an out-of-cycle review for India, meaning that USTR will undertake an additional review of India’s intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and enforcement policies in the fall of 2014. While the report commended India for making “some improvements in its IPR legal framework and enforcement system” it noted that “IP protection and enforcement challenges are growing” and that “serious questions regarding the future of the innovation climate in India across multiple sectors” including the life sciences, renewable energy, digital content, and information and communications technology product sectors. The report highlighted compulsory licensing, patent denials and revocations, copyright and piracy, counterfeiting, localization policies, and difficulty protecting trade secrets as particular challenges in India’s intellectual property environment.
The Economic Benefits of Life Science Innovation
Innovation in life sciences has produced substantial health and economic benefits for countries worldwide. A new study measures the impact of new medicine and technology on Swedish health outcomes. The study provides a unique opportunity to see what would happen if intellectual property rights that encourage innovation were weakened.
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
Contrary to the fear-mongering assessment of Marvin Ammori, the House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on the future on the DMCA allows stakeholders to discuss some of the voluntary initiatives available to curb copyright infringement for stakeholders.
Did Gawker Infringe Copyright? That's a Bingo!
When gossip websites like to play with Samurai swords, sometimes things go wrong. Last week, the entertainment website Gawker linked to the leaked draft script of Quentin Tarantino's proposed upcoming film, The Hateful Eight. Now, Tarantino is suing the site for copyright infringement, claiming they promoted the dissemination of unauthorized downloadable copies of the script. And while Gawker tries desperately to refute that by alleging that it was just publishing the news, in fact, it acted like most other online pirates, the site was entirely motivated by profit.
Canada Must Protect Intellectual Property
On a number of measures, Canada is one of the leading nations in the world. On several, they lead the United States: Canadians are better educated, more physically fit, enjoy more social mobility, and have greater economic freedom. And yet, surprisingly, Canada has a long tradition of providing intellectual property (IP) protections on a level with that of the developing world.