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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Search Engines are Instrumental in Assisting Individuals Acquire Copyright Materials Illegally
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 3:54 pm | By Rachelle Korinko


On September 18th, a report was released by Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA).  The report, Understanding the Role of Search in Online Piracy, uses data from the UK and the US. This report measured the role that search engines play in assisting individuals in accessing content illegally. Among some of the interesting statistics produced are 74% of individuals accessing content illegally do so through a search engine, and 58% of the searches use innocuous language.  



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