Most-Read IP-Watch Stories In 2014: A Tale Of Staff Issues, India, Hot-Button Topics07/01/2015 by William New, Intellectual Property Watch 1 CommentShare this Story:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)IP-Watch is a non-profit independent news service and depends on subscriptions. To access all of our content, please subscribe now. You may also offer additional support with your subscription, or donate.All year long, Intellectual Property Watch expends great energy and resources to bring hundreds of carefully written, detailed stories on policymaking – technical committee meetings, legislation, negotiations, legal cases, and latest reports and papers. But in what is perhaps stereotypical of readers everywhere, many of the best-read IP-Watch stories of 2014 were those few that involved elections and personnel issues and India, followed by a range of hot button issues such as high-priced medicines, copyright and knowledge access, patent valuation, or internet surveillance. The eight most-read stories of the year were either about India or elections/staff at international organisations. The stories garnering the most traffic, according to Google Analytics, were stories about India, accounting for five of the top eight articles. This was followed closely by stories about elections and staff matters at the European Patent Office and the World Intellectual Property Organization, together accounting for six of the top 14 articles.India stories covered the copyright amendment, the Supreme Court judgment on a Novartis patent, patent policy, compulsory licensing, and a diplomat kicked out of the United States as tensions heightened between those two countries.At the EPO, what caught attention were staff strikes and concerns about the EPO president. And at WIPO, the election of a director general – which happens only once every six years – drew significant attention, as did high-level accusations and a high-profile staff firing.In addition to stories, among the top draws on the Intellectual Property Watch website were various categories for stories, such as Patent Policy, WIPO, Copyright Policy, Trademarks/Geographical Indications, and IP Law, and the About Us and Contact Us sections.It is worth noting the number of visits to a story is cumulative during the year, so predictably many of the top stories were published earlier in the year. It is also worth noting that several of the top articles were contributed opinion pieces in the Inside Views column.But the wide range of other top-read stories tell a good story themselves about the other key issues in international policymaking in 2014.The ninth most-read was about European Parliament passage of a directive on collective rights management for pan-EU licences. Number 10 on the list was a contributed analysis about copyright and the famous selfie photographs taken by a monkey.Others in the top 20 included: a patent value quotient showing average price paid for US patents; prospects for copyright exceptions for libraries and archives at WIPO; a UN General Assembly resolution on privacy and surveillance; an EU high-court ruling permitting libraries to digitise books without copyright owner consent; questions by a small economy about the efficacy of the World Trade Organization dispute settlement process; and disagreement over investor-state provisions in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations.Additional stories registering significant readership were about: a United Kingdom private copying exception; the EU ratification of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity; concerns that erupted over a leaked pharmaceutical industry lobbying plan against South Africa’s draft IP policy; whether the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) would be the next international organisation in Geneva; and a debate over a possible tiered pricing model at the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.Still others were about: the World Health Organization adoption of a plan on access to medicines; the ruling on the right to be forgotten online in Europe; WIPO members signing up to the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled; the WHO director general declaring that no government should be intimidated by outside interested parties; and an analysis of the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) 20 years later.But of course this list leaves out the hundreds of solid stories on day-to-day policymaking that we also published and which we believe help move the global policymaking process along. Here’s hoping the news in international IP policymaking in 2015 will be more positive!The Most-Read IP-Watch Stories of 2014:Inside Views: Development In Indian IP Law: The Copyright (Amendment) Act 2012European Patent Office Staff Calls Strike; President Battistelli ReactsInside Views: The Judgment In Novartis v. India: What The Supreme Court Of India SaidBattles Over Patents: Is India Changing The Rules Of The Game?WIPO Staff Council Head Fired On Eve Of Annual Assembly; Chair Asked To Share Reports On GurryEPO Internal Strife Spills Over Into European Parliament, Human Rights CourtIndia’s First Compulsory Licence Upheld, But Legal Fights Likely To ContinueDeparted Indian Diplomat Confronted US Business Over India’s IP PolicyEU Parliament Passes Directive On Collective Rights Management, Pan-EU LicencesInside Views: Analysis: Monkey In The Middle Of Selfie Copyright DisputeInterviews With The Candidates For WIPO Director GeneralReport Finds Average US Patent Cost US$ 374,000 In 2012Gurry Wins Committee Vote For Next Director General Of WIPOEPO Supervisory Body To Face Fears Over Patent Quality, Judicial IndependenceHopes Dampened For Copyright Exceptions For Libraries/Archives At WIPOUN General Assembly Adopts Resolution On Privacy And SurveillanceWIPO Director General Election: How It WorksLibraries May Be Permitted To Digitise Books Without Copyright Owner’s Consent, EU High Court RulesAntigua Questions Efficacy Of WTO Dispute System Over IP-Related CaseTTIP: EU Commissioner Points Finger At US Secrecy, Investor-State ProvisionsUK Adopts Private Copying Exception As Some Rightholders Mull Legal ActionEU’s Nagoya Protocol Ratification: How It WorksConcerns Erupt Over Leaked Pharma Lobbying Plan Against IP Policy In South AfricaWill ICANN Be The Next International Organisation In Geneva?Inauspicious Start To Gurry’s Second Term As IP Policymaking Hits Wall At WIPOGlobal Fund And Tiered Medicines Pricing Under DebateWHO: Fight Ebola Now, Solve Patent Issues LaterWorld Health Assembly Approves Plan To Strengthen Access To Essential MedicinesWIPO Director General Election: Down To Three CandidatesThe Right To Be Forgotten: Balancing Conflicting RightsCould The WIPO General Assembly Reject Francis Gurry’s Nomination?Four More WIPO Members Sign Marrakesh Treaty For Visually ImpairedWHO Chief: No Government Should Be Intimidated For Doing “Right Thing” In Public HealthInside Views: South Africa Promotion And Protection Of Investment Bill 2013 – A Review20 Years Of TRIPS: Max Planck Launches Declaration On Patent Protection Image Credits: National GeographicShare this Story:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)RelatedWilliam New may be reached at email@example.com."Most-Read IP-Watch Stories In 2014: A Tale Of Staff Issues, India, Hot-Button Topics" by Intellectual Property Watch is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.