No Need Of IPR Route For Protecting Traditional Knowledge

Traditional medicines

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.

Universal Health Coverage, Millennium Development Goals And Post-2015: The Improvable Way Forward

Pietro Dionisio TABLE 1 under five mortality rate UN 2015

The negotiating process to achieve post-2015 development goals has clarified the agenda that governments ought to follow until 2030. Unfortunately, due to vague terms and the lack of unequivocal definitions, a number of relevant issues still lie in uncertainty, writes Pietro Dionisio

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?

Kylie Jenner tells Instagram followers about her new website

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.

Former USPTO Director Kappos: Inventors Giving Up On Patent System After 200 Years

David Kappos addresses audience at the UC Berkeley Faculty Club

In a clarion call to policymakers, former United States Patent and Trademark Director David Kappos said recently that this year’s unprovoked drop in patent filings in the United States is unprecedented and signals a shift toward more secrecy by inventors trying to protect their ideas. Meanwhile, the US trend toward antitrust actions at home is having deleterious effects for US businesses overseas, he said.

Proposed PTAB Rules Provide Incremental Change


On August 20, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published proposed amendments to current rules governing trial practice before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) under the America Invents Act (AIA). The new proposals contain more substantive changes than the May package and while all parties will appreciate the USPTO clarifying various issues in the proposed rules, many patent owners may be underwhelmed with the real-world impact of the proposals, especially the portion dealing with motions to amend claims during AIA trials, write Jason Lohr and Stephen Shaw.

KhoiSan Dig For Indigenous Knowledge Rights In Climate Change Mitigation Practices

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CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – A project to assess the impact of climate change on KhoiSan communities and the production of local level decision-making in rural communities is expected to contribute towards the guidelines and protections for indigenous knowledge holders under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), according to the project leader.

Interview: IP Enforcement In The US Fashion Industry


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.

OECD Digital Economy Report Measures Innovation With IPRs

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An annual report on the digital economy from the economic organisation of the world’s richest countries measures innovation by how many patents, designs and trademarks were filed by businesses.

South African Government Conference Reveals Views On Draft Copyright Bill

MacDonald Netshitenzhe, Chief Director of Policy and Legislation at DTI

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.