No Need Of IPR Route For Protecting Traditional Knowledge

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We should be careful in creating registrable rights on the traditional knowledge (TK) including traditional medicine practices and classifying TK under intellectual property rights, which are private exclusive rights operating like a monopoly in practice. Patents create private spaces in the knowledge arena (though for a short duration), and therefore no private appropriation should be allowed in the realm of TK, writes R.S. Praveen Raj.

OECD Book Highlights Economic Impact – Good And Bad – Of IPRs

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A new book from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) paints a revealing picture of the impact on economies of intellectual property rights.

Did Kendall And Kylie Jenner Know Outcome Of Their Domain Dispute Before Filing At WIPO?

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Teens are way out front when it comes to tech stuff and the internet. So it’s totally not surprising that American teen tv stars Kendall and Kylie Jenner announced winning their domain name disputes even before the disputes were filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization. The Jenner sisters are part of the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” reality television show.

Interview: IP Enforcement In The US Fashion Industry

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Protecting intellectual property rights in the fashion industry can be a tricky exercise in this fast-moving environment. Several avenues are possible for fashion designers in the United States, such as trademark, trade dress or design patents.

Perkins Coie IP litigation partner Ann Schofield Baker, based in New York, participated in an interview with Intellectual Property Watch’s Catherine Saez on ways fashion designers can protect and enforce their rights in the US.

South African Government Conference Reveals Views On Draft Copyright Bill

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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA — Stakeholders from various positions of influence in the realm of intellectual property – including government – put a fine tooth comb through the South African Copyright Amendment Bill at a consultative conference called by the Department of Trade and Industry yesterday.

Global IP Community: Eventful Season For Career Changes

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The past few months have been eventful for career changes in the international intellectual property community. Here is a look at some of the changes in governments, international organisations, NGOs/academia, private sector and law offices.

Review Of WIPO Development Agenda Implementation Picks Up Pace

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An independent review of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s implementation of its 2007 Development Agenda Recommendations is progressing. A team of experts conducting the review, appointed by WIPO in May, just submitted their inception report to WIPO.

IP Experts Kick Off UC Berkeley Innovation Centre With Calls For Change

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BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA — “There’s only one thing we’re good at in this nation, and that’s innovation,” Tusher Center Director and Professor David Teece said recently in setting the tone for a day of discussions inspired by the launch of the new center at the University of California at Berkeley.

Australian Review Of IPR, Competition Balance Draws Mixed Academic Response

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A government-ordered review of Australia’s intellectual property arrangements could either resolve many important and long-standing issues or prove to be yet another political exercise in futility, academics say.

WIPO Director Gurry Highlights Value Of Indigenous Knowledge

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Indigenous Peoples’ knowledge and creativity is a valuable source of inspiration for all, but might benefit from being better protected, the head of the UN World Intellectual Property Organization said this month. WIPO is currently negotiating an international instrument or instruments to better protect genetic resources, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions (folklore).