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PRA condemns the UNHLP on Access to Medicine as an assault on IP
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 4:24 pm | By Lorenzo Montanari

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 14, 2016
 
Washington, DC - The Property Rights Alliance (PRA) condemns the new Report by the United Nations Secretary-General’s High Level Panel (UNHLP) on Access to Medicine as an assault on intellectual property rights and the free market economy.
 

The panel was convened under a flawed premise by the Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon that access to health technologies clashed with “the justifiable rights of inventors, international human rights law and trade rules”. It is no small wonder then how the panel concluded with equally incoherent recommendations such as negotiations for a binding convention to delink costs of research and development from end prices, advice to governments to streamline procedures for compulsory licensing, and for university research institutions to refrain from protecting their new discoveries.  

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An Olympic Knockout to Curb IP Theft?
Friday, August 26, 2016 12:22 pm | By Philip Thompson

The Olympic Committee implements two innovations to curb IP theft.
Every four years thieves hit the street, and now theInternet, to make a quick buck off the work of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and its affiliate groups.

The feverish anticipation, pride-swelling attention, and raucous cheers (or boos) have been yours for free. But, the Games including the meticulous planning to create the accompanying trademarks that bring viewers and revenue come at a price. This year the IOC implemented two new strategies to curb IP theft: two-tiered pricing and an update to rule 40. 

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Governments Begin to Experiment with Blockchain
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 4:45 pm | By Philip Thompson

July saw Reps Adam Kinzinger of Indiana and Tony Cardenas of California submit a resolution on the House floor to include “digital currencies” in a national technology policy. Across the pond, the House of Lords heard testimony from business and academic experts on how blockchain technology can transform the way government works.  

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