Week´s news headlines – Jan. 29th 2016

The Enforcement Of Intellectual Property Rights ” Japanese porn being stolen in Taiwan. Beat that!”

In the case of intellectual property rights (IPRs), some nations erect barriers to the protection of IPRs on the basis of “morality.” This paper will examine the implications of morality-based impediments to the enforcement of IPRs and their supportability under international agreements.

There are significant freedom of expression issues to consider when we think about “morality” getting in the way of intellectual property rights.

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Russian State Intellectual Property Agency and Largest Music Publisher to Build a Free Copyright Registry

First Music Publishing and the Russian state intellectual property academy (RGIIS) are creating the country’s first ever register of rights for music and other IP in a bid to improve transparency and legitimacy in the rights management industries.

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What Are My Patents Worth?

We’ve witnessed significant upheavals in the patent system in the last few years, ranging from a surprisingly active Supreme Court that has weighed in on patent law, major legal changes that have impacted the validity of patents in litigation (particularly software patents) and repeated unsuccessful attempts at patent reform.

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Bank of America loads up on blockchain patents

Bank of America is in the process of filing 20 new blockchain-related patents, adding to the 15 it has already submitted to the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

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Tech, auto companies join forces to thwart patent trolls

Patents exist to protect innovation. But in recent years, hundreds of patents have been turned into weapons wielded by so-called patent trolls — entities that buy patents as ammunition for infringement lawsuits. Such lawsuits drain billions of dollars a year from the economy.

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Trademarks 101 for Start-ups: Basic Strategies

Tech start-ups often have to balance how to protect their intellectual property without breaking the bank and without leaving rights open to infringement by other third parties. Strategies for protecting intellectual property, especially trademarks, will vary depending on the nature of the goods or services being provided, as well as the publicity/media coverage for the same, the manner in which and the places where the marks will be used, as well as a variety of other factors.

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Turkey: Protection Of Trademarks Under Unfair Competition Provisions

Competition is a constitutional right. However, to assert the deceptive and dishonest acts among people, competitors, clients and seller, as a right, and to protect these acts, is impossible. Unfortunately, at the present time, trademarks, which are the most important factors in competition, are being used to provide unjust gains. In this article, protection of trademarks under unfair competition provisions and the unfair competition actions will be addressed.

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Ecuador Continues To Use US Copyright Law To Censor Critics

A few years ago, we highlighted an absolutely ridiculous claim by a pro-copyright expansion think tank, arguing that it was a myth that copyright could ever be used for censorship. In that article, we listed out a number of examples of copyright being used absolutely for reasons of censorship, including a few by government actors.

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A division of the Italian government responsible for dealing with financial crime has raided and shut down 10 websites accused of illegally distributing subscription editorial content. Operation Phoenix has also resulted in the arrest of five individuals thus far, with a further five overseas websites blocked by attacking their DNS.

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David Lower reclama a Spotify

Otro capítulo más de los derechos de autor y los sitios de música en streaming ha arribado a los juzgados. Esta vez Spotify está en la mira.

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Intellectual property taxation in post BEPS era

On 5th October 2015, the OECD released its final reports setting out the action plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) project, thus concluding the two year project which started at the behest of G20 countries in 2013. The reports are aimed at suggesting the measures to reform the current international tax rules which have remained unchanged for several decades so as to tackle the cross-border tax avoidance strategies of multinational companies.

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Countering the Growing Intellectual Property Theft Threat Enhancing Ties Between Law Enforcement and Business

In 2008, a new federal law creating stricter penalties for criminals who engaged in intellectual property theft was enacted to keep pace with globalization, e-commerce, and technology advances.

Fast forward to 2016: Technological advances continue at an even faster pace, dramatically increasing the threat posed by criminals who steal trade secrets, produce and/or traffic in counterfeit products, and infringe on copyrights. One important factor in this increase is the global expansion of online marketplaces, which aids international and domestic criminal organizations in trafficking in counterfeit goods.

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If Patents Are So Valuable Why Does IBM’s Intellectual Property Revenue Continue To Decline

IBM was awarded 7,355 patents in 2015 which was the 23rd year in a row it has received the most patents. Over 2,000 of last year’s patents were related to cognitive computing and the company’s cloud platform. Over the 23 years IBM has received over 88,000 patents and I would estimate they have generated about $20 billion or more of IP (intellectual property) related revenue.

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Intellectual property and how I protect my business from copycats

Gary Lancet’s new bookholder design was the start of a new career – but safeguarding his idea has been a full-time occupation

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Raptor Pharma (RPTP) Gains on New PROCYSBI Patents and Orphan Drug Exclusivity Extension

Raptor Pharma (NASDAQ: RPTP) is gaining sharply after the company announced this morning that a U.S. PROCYSBI patent, number 9,233,077, is now listed in the FDA publication Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations, commonly known as the Orange Book.

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