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.

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.

NGOs Call Out Switzerland For Pressuring Colombia On Compulsory Licences; Switzerland Replies

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Civil society groups are calling on the Swiss government to refrain from putting pressure on developing countries wishing to manufacture generic medicines without the consent of the patent holder. The groups allege that the Swiss government tried to unduly influence Colombia to not take such a step, though it is permitted by international trade rules.

The Swiss government, for its part, says it participated in a public consultation in Colombia and merely underlined that negotiations between governments and original manufacturers are a better way to go than a compulsory licence.

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.

Conference Looks At Public Interest In South Africa’s Draft Copyright Bill

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PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA – A conference here this week elicited a robust debate amongst intellectual property stakeholders in South Africa about the objectives of the far-reaching draft Copyright Amendment Bill.

IP-Watch Seeks Part-Time Fundraising/Outreach Expert

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Intellectual Property Watch is seeking a dynamic person to help expand our fundraising and outreach activities.

Panel: Biotech Industry Executives Shine Light On Their IP Management Strategies

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“IP is a very crucial part of our business and I can’t imagine being in biotech without a very strong emphasis on intellectual property,” a biotech industry executive said during a panel organised at the World Intellectual Property Organization yesterday.

Ukraine Open Access Initiative Roils Local Authors Seeking Copyright Protection

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It may be an open access initiative, but Ukrainian writers and authors are on the verge of massive protests, due to a recent initiative of the Ukrainian Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) to conduct digitalisation and online publishing of all of the books and documents stored in the national archives and libraries.

As TPP Ministers Meet, NGOs Make Urgent Push For Public Interest

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Trade ministers negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement meet this week in Maui, Hawaii to try to finish the deal. Along with them are numerous public interest groups strenuously lobbying to steer the deal away from single-minded corporate interest.

Coalition Asks WIPO To Follow Proposed Guidelines To Better Defend IP Rights

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An international coalition of intellectual property rights defenders wrote a letter to World Intellectual Property Organization Director General Francis Gurry yesterday providing suggested international guidelines to protect IP rights.