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.
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.
Patent Reform Legislation to Live or Die Based on Senate Majority
Friday, October 17, 2014 5:03 pm | By Alexander Hendrie
The prospects for patent reform legislation in Congress will depend on the ability of Republicans to take back the Senate in mid-term elections in 18 days. For several years, intellectual property advocates have been pushing for patent reform legislation to curb the alarming number of lawsuits brought by patent trolls. However, in late May this push was stopped dead in its tracks as Senate Democrats abruptly pulled legislation from the Senate Judiciary committee. Reports suggest that Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) killed the bill under pressure from trial lawyers who have contributed over $4 million to the majority leader since 2009.