The Irish Plain Packaging proposal (Bill 2013) will violate the international IP agreements
Friday, January 24, 2014 3:17 am | By Lorenzo Montanari

On January 23, 2014 the Ireland’s Health Children Committee began public hearings on proposed Plain Packaging legislation contained in the “Public Health (Standardised packagin of Tobacco) Bill 2013. Due to its pervasive negative effects on the global economy, especially in regards to trademarks, property and intellectual property rights, the Property Rights Alliance (PRA) has submitted a paper on the Bill 2013, for the above mentioned hearing.  

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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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