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Iceland/European Union: Reduction in Import Duties, Increase in Quotas for Agricultural Products

(Oct. 20, 2015) On September 17, 2015, Iceland’s government and the European Union agreed on new terms for agricultural trade. (Press Release, EU and Iceland Strike Deal to Protect Geographical Indications and Enhance Trade for Agricultural and Food Products (Sept. 18, 2015) EUROPA.) Under the new agreement, Iceland will reduce the tariffs on agricultural products […]

China: Measures on Copyright Administrative Penalties to Be Revised

(Sept. 15, 2015) The National Copyright Administration of the People’s Republic of China (NCAC) is considering a revision to the Measures for the Implementation of Copyright Administrative Penalties. A copy of the proposed new Measures was published on September 8, 2015, for solicitation of public opinions and comments. The review period will expire on September […]

Australia: National Library to Implement Digital Legal Deposit from January 2016

(July 13, 2015) As a result of changes to the legal deposit provisions in the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) made by the Civil Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 (Cth), the National Library of Australia will have the power to collect and preserve Australian works published in electronic format, beginning January 1, 2016. (Clarissa […]

Brazil: New Decree Regulates Copyrights

(July 1, 2015) On June 22, 2015, Brazilian President Dilma Roussef signed Decree No. 8,469 on the collective management of copyrights. (Dilma Assina Decreto que Regulamenta Direitos Autorias, VEJA (June 23, 2015); Decreto No. 8.469, de 22 de Junho de 2015 [Decree], PLANALTO.) The Decree regulates Law No. 9,610 of February 19, 1998 (Lei No. […]

Australia: Law Allowing Blocking of Copyright-Infringing Websites Passed

(June 23, 2015) On June 22, 2015, the Australian Senate passed a bill that will allow copyright holders to request that overseas websites be blocked in Australia on the grounds that those websites have the “primary purpose” of facilitating copyright infringement. The Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 had previously been passed by the House […]

Indonesia: Bali to Protect Traditional Textiles

(Jan. 14, 2015) Indonesia’s province of Bali is planning a new bylaw, to be passed within the year, on the protection of the intellectual property involved in the creation of local traditional textiles. The purpose is to preserve the fabric techniques and enhance production and quality, to better suit the market. (Wasti Atmodjo, Bali Prepared […]

European Union; Mexico; World Intellectual Property Organization: Agreements on Patents

(Dec. 17, 2014) In September 2014, Mexico’s Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) and the European Patent Office (EPO) signed an agreement to launch a pilot project in January 2015 known as the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) program. The project is aimed at expediting the approval of patents in Mexico and the European Union by mutually […]

European Union: New Proposed Rules on Misappropriation of Trade Secrets

(Dec. 6, 2013) On November 28, 2013, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a new directive on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets) against their unlawful acquisition, use, and disclosure. Trade secrets, otherwise known as “confidential business information” or “undisclosed information,” are used by a large number of companies to […]

China: Trademark Law Revised

(Sept. 13, 2013) On August 30, 2013, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) amended the Trademark Law of the People’s Republic of China (PRC); the amendments will become effective on May 1, 2014. (Decision of the NPC Standing Committee on Revising the PRC Trademark Law [in Chinese], NPC website (Aug. 31, 2013).) […]

Mozambique: Berne Convention Ratified

(Sept. 3, 2013) On August 22, 2013, Mozambique ratified the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, initially adopted in September 1886, which forms the basis of international protection of copyright. The ratification occurred when Mozambican Ambassador Pedro Afonso, who is the permanent representative of the country at the United Nations, deposited […]