Week´s news headlines – Oct. 14th 2016

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Intellectual property rights: In copy-and-paste age plagiarism and piracy not serious issues

Legislation for author versus publisher relationships may have improved, but there is still the perception that authors get little royalty from books. Those huge advances are extremely rare.

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Turkey Introduces Intellectual Property Rules For Scientific And Technological Research Council

Turkey has introduced principles and procedures for management of intellectual property rights owned or shared by the Scientific and Technological Research Council (“TÜBİTAK”). The Regulation introduces provisions for protecting intellectual property developed by TÜBİTAK staff, or within related grant programs, as well as transfer, payments and use of these rights.

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The difficult balance between comparative advertising and trademark protection

Have you ever compared products or services when contemplating a purchase? Companies, whenever they can, also strive to mark themselves out from their competitors to gain a competitive advantage and new clients. In an internal market where competition is highly encouraged by the European Union, comparative advertising has been strongly promoted and praised.

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Patent pioneer Spangenberg speaks up about opportunity in trademarks

IP industry maverick Erich Spangenberg, once dubbed the “most notorious patent troll in America”, has told World Trademark Review about the “opportunity” he now sees in trademarks, and to expect Marathon Patent Group to make future investments in the space. His comments follow a recent ‘David versus Goliath’ trademark opposition spat that he advised on, which resulted in a “rare” worldwide co-existence agreement.

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Avoiding patent wars and reducing IP risk in the blockchain ecosystem

Players in the nascent distributed ledger technology (DLT) industry need to collaborate and develop an intellectual property strategy, or run the risk of patent wars and a chilling effect on innovation.

Many players are aggressively pursuing patents in the blockchain space. News of banks, start-ups, mining outfits, exchanges and other entities filing blockchain-related patent applications is common.

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A judge wants to make patent trolling a first amendment issue

Courts are still figuring out how to think about software patents

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Here’s Why Software Patents Are in Peril After the Intellectual Ventures Ruling

The end may be in sight for software patents—which have long been highly controversial in the tech industry—in the wake of a remarkable appeals court ruling that described such patents as a “deadweight loss on the nation’s economy” and a threat to the First Amendment’s free speech protections.

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The Billion-Dollar Copyright Lawsuit That Could Legalize A New Kind Of Scam

If a court rules that photographer Carol Highsmith must pay to publish her own work, it sets a scary precedent for public-domain art.

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Corporate “Biopiracy” In Peru Threatens Indigenous Knowledge and “Intellectual Property Rights”

The production and consumption of natural Andean and Amazonian ancestral products in Peru is threatened by the “biopiracy” of foreign companies who have filed over 11,690 patents for the domestic produce of the region, effectively poaching the natural heritage of the country. The resources are said to be rich in nutrients and vitamins and range from those with anti-aging properties to those that act as natural aphrodisiacs.

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Study: Intellectual property rights add value to economy

Do intellectual property rights such as patents, copyrights and trademarks promote or hinder economic growth? A review of the data continues to suggest that strong intellectual property law is helpful to a country’s economy.

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