Shapes are Now Patentable?
Friday, June 14, 2013 1:28 pm | By Rachelle Korinko

This week Digital Liberty (DL) and Property Rights Alliance (PRA) filed comments with the International Trade Commission under violation of section 337.  While both DL and PRA support and believe in patent laws when it comes to promoting technological innovation, occasionally companies and court systems overstep their bounds.  In this case Apple and Samsung went into litigations due to patent infringements based on the shape of their products.  


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European Tobacco Products Directive will affect the U.S. economy and violate the IP system!
Friday, May 31, 2013 4:02 am | By Lorenzo Montanari

 Last Monday, May 27th, the Health Irish Minister James Reilly declared that the Irish Cabinet approved his plan to remove the ‘mobile advertisement’ for tobacco firms before World of No Tobacco Day, today Friday, May 31th. Ireland will become the second country after Australia to introduce plain pack cigarettes. In fact, the same policy, of plain packaging on all cigarette packs, has been already adopted, in Australia in December 2012. This kind of implementation could be adopted very soon, not only by the New Zealand Government, but also by European Union. 

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India’s Pharmaceutical Industry: A Call for Stronger IP Protections
Thursday, May 30, 2013 4:37 pm | By Rachelle Korinko


On April 1, 2013, the Indian Supreme Court rejected a case on a pharmaceutical company’s, Novartis, patent on Gleevec (or Glivec – a drug used to inhibit cancer cells, most notably in leukemia patients) because it felt that the company was ever-greening the product.  This ruling has caused concern that ‘big pharma’ may pull out of India’s pharmaceutical industry altogether.  This ruling along with other incidences of weak IP protections will most likely hinder the burgeoning industry.


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