Top IP-Watch Stories Of 2010: Copyright Fights, ACTA, Medicines AccessPublished on 30 December 2010 @ 4:48 am
At Intellectual Property Watch, a list of the top 25 posts of 2010 reveals your – our readers’ – top interests of the past year.
The clear winner in terms of frequency on the list was the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), as about a third of the top stories dealt with that treaty in the headline and several more indirectly. But the top two on the list were articles about the ongoing struggle to balance the push by copyright holders for greater protection in the digital environment with the push to ensure that knowledge may be accessed by the maximum number of people. Given that stories about enforcement far outnumber stories about new ideas to spread open access or to generate revenue, one might conclude that enforcement may be the core business model for many.
Patents also came in strong on the list, with US patent reform, technology transfer, biotechnology, compulsory licences, trade and pharmaceuticals, and the US Supreme Court’s Bilski decision all making appearances.
Among the top stories was one based on a document found on Wikileaks showing undue influence of the pharmaceutical industry in the WHO’s negotiations on financing for research and development for neglected diseases.
It also is notable that stories involving the World Trade Organization generally outdid stories about the World Intellectual Property Organization, with a few exceptions, such as the WIPO Development Agenda Group.
Several of the most-read articles were pieces in the Inside Views column, which are opinion pieces from outside contributors. Near the top was a piece on technology transfer, IP and development by Cheikh Kane, a lawyer who interned with Intellectual Property Watch. Also popular during the year but not included on the list were the dozens of news briefs in our website column called the IP Burble.
There were a few seemingly unique topics that made the list, for instance, indigenous peoples’ rights. Policymakers take note: global IP policy may be ignoring indigenous rights, but our readers made that story number 12 on the list last year!
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The Top 25 IP-Watch Posts Of 2010
[Note: Based on Google Analytics. Results should be considered estimates and do not account for differences in the amount of time that stories were on the website from early to late in the year.]
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