UK High Court Orders ISPs To Block Trademark-Infringing Websites
In what may be a test case for trademark owners battling counterfeiters, the UK High Court has ordered five internet service providers (ISPs) to block websites that were advertising and selling bogus goods. The ruling could have implications beyond Britain, the court said. ISPs, meanwhile, said the best way to handle infringing websites is to remove them at source rather than blocking.
Australia Accuses Tobacco Industry Of ‘Regulatory Chill’ In WTO Plain Packaging Case
Australia this week at the World Trade Organization said the tobacco industry is applying a "well-known tactic" of instilling a "regulatory chill" on WTO members' efforts to implement plain-packaging anti-smoking strategies. It also said pro-tobacco countries should not keep putting the issue on WTO committee agendas while their dispute settlement cases are running their course.
Geneva Conference Looks At Internet Governance ‘At A Crossroads’
“Internet Governance at a Crossroads” was the title of the Geneva Internet Conference, which took place in Geneva this week for the first time.
ITU Looks Into Issues Of Counterfeit, Substandard ICT Products
This week, the International Telecommunication Union is holding an event highlighting the UN agency's entry into what it describes as the growing problem of counterfeit and fake information and communication technology (ICT) products. Officials from the neighbouring World Intellectual Property Organization and World Trade Organization remarked during the meeting that counterfeit relates to an intellectual property right infringement, which is a different issue from substandard products.
Index: Pharma Industry Improves On Access To Medicines, Needs Work On Ethics, Patent Disclosure
The 2014 edition of an independent ranking of leading pharmaceutical companies' efforts to help developing countries released today found new initiatives undertaken in the past two years. But it said corruption and insufficient disclosure of existing patents continue to plague the industry.
The Caravan Has Set Out For Neo-Liberal Capture Of Global Governance
The Net Mundial initiative of the World Economic Forum represents the first time that such a corporate-led venue – although sold as multistakeholder, open, and voluntary, among others – is positioned as being 'the' mechanism for global governance in a specific sector, the Just Net Coalition writes.
US IP Industry Meeting With Indian Judges A “Ruse”, Activists Say
Public health activists and others have been watching closely in recent months as United States government and industry officials meet steadily and intensively with Indian counterparts to press change in that country's intellectual property policy toward greater protection and recognition of western IP rights. A particular area of concern has been in pharmaceuticals, as India is said to be the world's top supplier of affordable generic versions of drugs under patent that otherwise would be out of reach for millions of poor patients. Several activists have raised alarm over a meeting this week of US IP industry representatives with top judges in India.
Kenyan Community Benefits From Its Genetic Resources
In Kenya, residents living around Lake Bogoria in Baringo County have received Kenya shillings 2.3 million, about USD 26,000, as royalties paid by a Danish bio-enzyme company.
WIPO Committee On Development Solves Two Standing Issues, Breaks Cycle Of Disagreement
After months of repeated difficulties in WIPO committees plagued by stalled decisions or inability to agree on future work, the World Intellectual Property Organization Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP) appears to have turned the odds and managed to agree on two longstanding issues.
WHO Influenza Preparedness Report Shows Companies Not Fulfilling Obligations
The World Health Organization Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework is at risk due to some companies not fulfilling their obligations, a new WHO report says.