Week´s news headlines – may. 6th 2016

Canada: The Potential Impact Of Brown v. Canada On Ownership Of Intellectual Property By Employers

Most employers, especially those who are active in research and development, as a matter of practice have employees sign agreements that specify the obligations of the employee to disclose inventions to the employer and ensure that intellectual property developed by the employee is assigned to the employer. These agreements are an important part of the intellectual property protection and commercialization strategy of any company and have a significant impact on the value of intellectual property and the ability to substantiate the ownership of the property.

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Trademark Law Promotes Fair Competition, Not Morality

Where once using the “Queen Mary” for a brand of underwear or “Madonna” for wine might have been scandalous, standards of morality change with culture and circumstance. Is “Heeb” for a Jewish-lifestyle magazine disparaging or empowering? How about the word “Queer” in a trademark for clothing? “Dykes on Bikes” for a motorcycle group? However one answers these questions, it’s important to ask: Who should decide? Civility in the marketplace is important. However, the Patent and Trademark Office cannot be expected to be the arbiter of a collective and ever-evolving moral standard.

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Banning Trademarks Called Offensive Violates Free Speech

Repulsive as the Redskins name and trademark are — The Slants case is a more complicated story — I firmly believe that banning the registration of disparaging trademarks is unconstitutional. The United States has exceptionally strong protections for free speech and, unlike most other modern democracies, does not have an exception for so-called hate speech that denigrates minorities (though such speech can be punished if it constitutes a threat or an in-person attack).

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The Use of Intellectual Property Rights’ Flexibilities to Promote Local Pharmaceutical Production in Ethiopia

UNCTAD in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Minsitry of Industry of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia is organizing a workshop on the use of intellectual property rights’ flexibilities to promote local pharmaceutical production in Ethiopia.

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How to protect your intellectual property with a patent
Protecting your intellectual property with a patent is vital to stop third parties from copying, or stealing, your business’s inventions or new products. A patent is a legal right that’s granted by national governments, protecting the creator of an invention by stopping other people from using their intellectual property without permission.
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Tata group doubles published patents in 2 years to 7,000
NEW DELHI: Tata group today said it has doubled its published patents in two years to about 7,000 at the end of 2015.
At the end of calendar year 2013, the conglomerate which has presence spanning from salt to software, had 3,500 published patents.
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Right Sized Patents

Many progressive policies focus on reducing disparities (income, wealth, education, and opportunities) that reflect some social injustice between those at the top and those at the bottom of our social spectrum. Conservatives often recognize the gaps but disagree about whether the result qualifies as injustice as well as about government’s role in redistribution.

Patent policy is often easier to implement than social policy (especially compared with other property law changes) because a new generation of patents emerges every twenty years and the old generation does not hang-around protecting and directing wealth but instead melds into the Soylent of the public domain.

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Nvidia, Samsung Settle Patent Disputes

After almost two years of litigation, Nvidia and Samsung have settled their legal dispute over patents in the United States.

The two companies announced earlier this week that all the pending litigation in U.S. courts, with the U.S. Patent Office and with the International Trade Commission (ITC) has ended. The settlement comes almost three months after Nvidia got a much-needed victory when a federal jury ruled that the graphics chip maker did not infringe on a Samsung Electronics patent.

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IBM Is the World’s Biggest Patent Troll

Every tech company around is probably paying money to IBM based entirely on its massive patent portfolio.

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Dose of reality on drug patents

DEBATES on how to improve healthcare in developing countries often start from the same premise – patents can potentially raise drug prices so they should be abolished for better public health.

In the early 2000s, this argument drove the campaign against patents on HIV drugs in South Africa. This week, it is motivating campaigners against the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership in Asia, a proposed Free Trade Agreement among 16 Asian countries that may impose new intellectual

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Supreme Court to hear copyright fight over cheerleader uniforms

3D printing companies are cheering for a cheerleading industry underdog.

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