Friday, June 6, 2014 5:20 am | By Lorenzo Montanari
In Washington, D.C. there is growing debate regarding the state of intellectual property rights protection. A strong supporter of intellectual property rights, the Property Rights Alliance understands the threat that the pharmaceutical industry faces in their efforts to protect their ability to obtain patents. Furthermore, given recent events, the state of IPR in Canada is deeply concerning.
Pain Packaging applied to products will affect consumers' freedom of choice.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 6:26 pm | By Lorenzo Montanari & Brendan Walsh
Consumers International and the World Obesity Federation recently came out lobbying for new regulations on the packaging of foods. In their request for heightened regulation of certain food products they are looking for images to be included on food packaging depicting the “damage caused by obesity.” Said regulations are meant to mimic those of the plain packaging of cigarettes in certain countries. However, despite the good intensions, such regulations are an infringement of intellectual property rights, and a company’s right to effectively brand / differentiate itself from the competition.
The USTR 2014 “Special 301 Report”
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 5:00 pm | By Lorenzo Montanari & Brendan Walsh
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) recently released its 2014 Special 301 Report. The report serves as an analysis on the capability and effectiveness of U.S. trading partners to protect and enforce intellectual property rights. In the 301 Report the USTR highlighted areas of concern regarding IPR, especially among notorious IPR infringing states like China, Philippines, and India.