Trans-Pacific Partnership is an opportunity to defend and promote IP, not the opposite
Monday, November 18, 2013 5:38 am | By Lorenzo Montanari


Last Wednesday Wikileaks released an old draft chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP), dated August 30, 2013, which focuses on intellectual property. The next round of negotiations will start again today, November 19, 2013 in Salt Lake City (Utah). The TPP is an agreement currently being negotiated by representatives of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Vietnam, Brunei, Australia and New Zealand.


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Property Rights and GDP Growth are positively linked
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 4:21 pm | By Francesco Di Lorenzo & Pietro Paganini

 (Recently published on Strade, Italy)

The 2013 International Property Rights Index (IPRI), recently published by the Property Rights Alliance (and in Italy by Competere- Policies for Sustainable Development) measures the efficiency of property right protection in 131 countries, accounting for more than 98% of global GDP and 93% of the worldwide population. Among the most fascinating insights illuminated in the Index, which is based on data from the World Bank, OCSE and the World Economic Forum, are the results about the relationship between property right protection and GDP growth. 

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Plain "Almost" Packaging Approved by the EU Parliament Is Affecting the Consumers and the Trademarks
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 10:28 pm | By Lorenzo Montanari

On October 8th, the European Union (EU) voted to amend the current Tobacco Products Directive (TPD).  While the revised TPD is not actually adopted, it is on the way.   The purpose of the vote is to create stricter regulations on all tobacco products for the 28-member states. 

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