Tuesday, April 15, 2014 1:47 pm | By Lorenzo Montanari & Brendan Walsh
Once again the EU Parliament has lost an opportunity to vote in defense of the European consumers. Last week the MEPs voted in favor of credit card payment fee caps, best known as interchange fees.This proposal had been previously endorsed, last February, by MEPs Pablo Zalba Bidegain (Vice-Chair of Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs) and Diogo Feio both from the European People Party (EPP).
Plain Packaging Is Failing. Meanwhile Australia Facing Challenges from 5 Countries in the WTO
Thursday, March 27, 2014 5:03 pm | By Brendan Walsh
Indonesia was recently granted permission by the World Trade Organization to challenge Australia’s plain packaging law, making Indonesia the fifth country granted permission to challenge Australia’s controversial law. Since December of 2012, cigarette packs have been uniform consisting of green packaging, with white labels. However, while attempts by the Australian government to curb the use of cigarettes are noble, the law breaches trade and intellectual property regulations. The issue at hand is not to argue whether or not smoking is harmful to one’s health, but rather how implementing plain packaging is a compromising intellectual property rights protections, threatening sectors of the economy (included but not limited to the tobacco industry), and harmful to consumers’ health.
Department of Homeland Security Releases FY13 Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Statistics
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 3:57 pm | By Brendan Walsh