Week´s news headlines – Nov. 19th 2015

G-20 nations agree: No cybertheft of intellectual property

Twenty nations struck a pact to neither conduct nor support the online theft of trade secrets and intellectual property.

The agreement was reached during the G-20 summit, held on Nov. 15 and 16 in Antalya, Turkey, where leaders pledged affirmation that “all states have a special responsibility to promote security, stability, and economic ties with other nations,” according to the G20 Leaders’ Communiqué for the summit.

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Dr Reddy’s buys Intellectual Property Rights for anti-coagulant drug for $17.5 million
Dr Reddy’s has completed the purchase of worldwide exclusive Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) for Fondaparinux sodium, its generic anti-coagulant drug, from Australian partner Alchemia for $17.5 million
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Rdio Seeks to Tap $3M Loan, Sell Intellectual Property to Pandora

Music streaming pioneerRdio wants approval to tap a $3 million debtor-in-possession loan and sell its technology and intellectual property to Internet radio platform Pandora Media

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Copyrights, royalties and piracy in the Rwandan music industry

Music copyrights in Rwanda have been strengthened over the past years. In 2009 the Rwandan Government enacted the intellectual property law. In collaboration with leading bodies such as the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) the government has been at the forefront in sensitizing artists and songwriters to register their copyrights with the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) to be able to protect their innovation and keep earning from it. This text explores three elements of Intellectual property as it relates to the music sector in Rwanda.

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Italian clothier Moncler wins trademark lawsuit in China

Luxury down jacket maker Moncler has won a court case against a Beijing apparel company accused of selling products bearing the Italian brand’s fake logo.

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NFL’s Redskins Compile List of Offensive Trademarks to Justify its Offensive Trademark

Party With Sluts … Redneck Army … are just some of the registered trademarks cited by the Washington Redskins in the team’s attempts to stop the cancelling of its controversial trademark.

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UK disputes trademark of ‘Kentucky’ on Kentucky moonshine distillery’s T-shirts

Kentucky Mist Moonshine, a tiny distillery in Whitesburg, says it’s been called out by the University of Kentucky for improper use of one of UK’s trademarks … the word “Kentucky.”
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Redskins’ Trademarks Are Constitutionally Protected

Washington’s football team has been called the Redskins since 1933, and that team name has been a registered trademark since 1967. Nevertheless, last year, the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) cancelled the Redskins’ trademarks on the basis that a “substantial composite” of Native Americans found the team name “disparaging” when those trademarks were first registered. The team challenged the cancellation on the ground that it was based on the content of the marks’ expression, in violation of the First Amendment.

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Patent office sides with innovation, yet Apple double-downs on fool’s good patents

Despite windfall profits, Apple continues to pursue a path of litigation profiteering. It’s now seeking to collect about half a billion dollars from rival Samsung over a patent dispute, even though the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) invalidated one of the software patents and admitted that it should never have been issued in the first place.

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Legal dispute looms over copyrights on Anne Frank’s diary

A legal dispute is looming over Anne Frank’s diary which many people argue will become copyright free on January 1, 2016, the Volkskrant reports on Tuesday. The paper says the Switzerland-based Anne Frank Fund, which was set up by her father Otto, does not agree that copyright on the teenager’s diary expires next year
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Judge dismisses Taylor Swift copyright lawsuit by using Taylor Swift’s own lyrics

Judge Gail Standish’s got jokes.

The U.S. District Court Judge dismissed a copyright lawsuit against Taylor Swift by using her own lyrics. Musician Jessie Braham has accused Swift of stealing “Shake It Off” lyrics from his song “Haters Gonna Hate,” and attested that he had the song copyrighted back in February. Braham was suing Swift for $42 million in damages and a writing credit on her hit song.

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‘TPP Copyrights Rules Based on Late 90s Old US Laws’ – Kimberlee Weatherall

Kimberlee Weatherall , an Associate Professor at the Sydney Law School and a leading expert on intellectual property rights discussed with TPP copyright rules, controversial provisions within it and her own legal system with Radio Sputnik.
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Stolen lyrics: Copyrights infringement hearing fixed for Nov 13

Prominent Pashto film actor and petition respondent Jehangir Khan told the court Sultan Mehmood Qalandar’s poem featured as a song in Pashto film Badnaam was censored by Central Board of Film Censors because it highlighted female beauty, wine and bars and had nothing in praise of God. The actor represented by his lawyer Mian Saifullah Kakakhel appeared before Civil Judge Muhammad Ishaq on Thursday. Earlier in the copyrights case, the plaintiff had claimed the song was in praise of God and its depiction in the movie was vulgar.

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