Plain Packaging Is Violating IP and Is Making Public Health Worse
Monday, December 15, 2014 3:15 am | By Alexander Hendrie

In 2012, the Australian government enacted a controversial plain packaging law that forcibly removed tobacco company’s logos from packaging in place of a large and graphic health warning.

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WTO Sides with Property Rights in Preliminary Plain Packaging Hearing
Friday, November 21, 2014 6:23 am | By Alexander Hendrie

Last week’s World Trade Organization (WTO) plain packaging ruling is a crucial victory for advocates of property rights in the battle to protect intellectual property of brands across the world. The Dominican Republic, together with Honduras, Ukraine, Cuba, and Indonesia have raised concerns that these policies unfairly violate international trade norms and discriminate against intellectual property rights.


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China’s commitment to Intellectual Property Rights more Rhetoric than Reality

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 12:09 pm | By Alexander Hendrie

While Chinese officials have regularly indicated their commitment to intellectual property (IP) protections and their desire for reform, Beijing’s record towards foreign firms is far less promising upon evaluation. Ostensibly, government officials have consistently indicated their commitment to Intellectual Property Rights, most recently at the 2014 International Intellectual Property Forum in Chengdu. However, the rhetoric from party leaders does not match China’s actions - Beijing has aggressively utilized its vague anti-monopoly law to regulate foreign corporations. 

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