Law Library of Congress - Global Legal Monitor: Global Legal Monitor: Intellectual property http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?home The Global Legal Monitor is an online publication from the Law Library of Congress covering legal news and developments worldwide. It is updated frequently and draws on information from the Global Legal Information Network, official national legal publications, and reliable press sources. You can search previous news by searching the archive. en-us Global Legal Monitor: European Union: New Proposed Rules on Misappropriation of Trade Secrets http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403776_text Intellectual property; Trade secrets - 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... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403776_text Global Legal Monitor: China: Trademark Law Revised http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403702_text Intellectual property - 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 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... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403702_text Global Legal Monitor: Mozambique: Berne Convention Ratified http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403687_text Human rights; Intellectual property - 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 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 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... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 03 Sep 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403687_text Global Legal Monitor: New Zealand: Patents Bill Passed, Includes Ban on Software Patents http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403684_text Communications; Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 30 Aug 2013 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403684_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Proposal to Remove Non-Original Writings from Copyright Protection http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403500_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403500_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Rejection of Ban on Illegal Downloading and Other Copyright Policy Motions http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403448_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 07 Jan 2013 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403448_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Extensively Amended Patent Act Becomes Effective http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403444_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 03 Jan 2013 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403444_text Global Legal Monitor: European Union: Agreement on Unitary Patent http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403434_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 14 Dec 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403434_text Global Legal Monitor: Djibouti: 2009 Industrial Property Law Now in Force http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403331_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 18 Sep 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403331_text Global Legal Monitor: Finland: Emoticon Trademark Abrogated http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403285_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 15 Aug 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403285_text Global Legal Monitor: France: Cour de Cassation Decision on Google http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403261_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 01 Aug 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403261_text Global Legal Monitor: China: Court Announces Apple and Proview Settlement of iPad Trademark Dispute http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403240_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million.... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 16 Jul 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403240_text Global Legal Monitor: European Union: Parliament Rejects Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403229_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 13 Jul 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403229_text Global Legal Monitor: France: Google Reaches Agreements on E-Books with French Publishers Association and Authors Group http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403193_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 15 Jun 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403193_text Global Legal Monitor: China: Supreme People's Court Issues Provisions to Aid Interpretation of Internet Copyright Infringement http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403116_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 25 Apr 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403116_text Global Legal Monitor: China: Measures for Compulsory Licensing of Pharmaceuticals Updated http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403105_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 23 Apr 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403105_text Global Legal Monitor: European Union: Commission Requests Opinion of European Court of Justice on Legality of Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403108_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 20 Apr 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403108_text Global Legal Monitor: Taiwan: Efforts to Expedite Patent Processing http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403068_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 05 Apr 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403068_text Global Legal Monitor: European Union: European Court of Justice Rules on Illegal Downloading of Songs by Internet Users http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403073_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On February 16, 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered an important judgment on the illegal downloading of songs by Internet users. The ECJ held that online social network sites cannot be forced to adopt... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 04 Apr 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403073_text Global Legal Monitor: France: Law on Digital Exploitation of Unavailable Books http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403052_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On February 16, 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered an important judgment on the illegal downloading of songs by Internet users. The ECJ held that online social network sites cannot be forced to adopt France's Law 2012-287, of March 1, 2012, on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books, was published in France's official gazette of March 2, 2012. (LOI nanddeg; 2012-287 du 1er mars 2012 relative andagrave;... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 26 Mar 2012 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205403052_text Global Legal Monitor: European Union: ACTA Signed in Tokyo http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402976_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On February 16, 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered an important judgment on the illegal downloading of songs by Internet users. The ECJ held that online social network sites cannot be forced to adopt France's Law 2012-287, of March 1, 2012, on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books, was published in France's official gazette of March 2, 2012. (LOI nanddeg; 2012-287 du 1er mars 2012 relative andagrave; st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On January 26, 2012, the European Union and 22 of its member countries signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial pact designed to tighten international controls... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 07 Feb 2012 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402976_text Global Legal Monitor: China; European Union: Agreement to Use Chinese-English Machine Translations for Patents http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402923_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On February 16, 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered an important judgment on the illegal downloading of songs by Internet users. The ECJ held that online social network sites cannot be forced to adopt France's Law 2012-287, of March 1, 2012, on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books, was published in France's official gazette of March 2, 2012. (LOI nanddeg; 2012-287 du 1er mars 2012 relative andagrave; st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On January 26, 2012, the European Union and 22 of its member countries signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial pact designed to tighten international controls It was reported on December 1, 2011, that China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the European Union's European Patent Office (EPO) had signed an agreement on the use of Chinese-English machine-translations for patents, "in an... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 20 Dec 2011 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402923_text Global Legal Monitor: European Union: Court Bans Patents When Human Embryos Destroyed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402875_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On February 16, 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered an important judgment on the illegal downloading of songs by Internet users. The ECJ held that online social network sites cannot be forced to adopt France's Law 2012-287, of March 1, 2012, on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books, was published in France's official gazette of March 2, 2012. (LOI nanddeg; 2012-287 du 1er mars 2012 relative andagrave; st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On January 26, 2012, the European Union and 22 of its member countries signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial pact designed to tighten international controls It was reported on December 1, 2011, that China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the European Union's European Patent Office (EPO) had signed an agreement on the use of Chinese-English machine-translations for patents, "in an On October 18, 2011, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) adopted a landmark decision in the case of Oliver Brustle v. Greenpeace e.V. and held that a process that involves the removal of a stem cell... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 07 Nov 2011 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402875_text Global Legal Monitor: New Zealand: Law Targeting Illegal Online File-Sharing Passed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402630_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On February 16, 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered an important judgment on the illegal downloading of songs by Internet users. The ECJ held that online social network sites cannot be forced to adopt France's Law 2012-287, of March 1, 2012, on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books, was published in France's official gazette of March 2, 2012. (LOI nanddeg; 2012-287 du 1er mars 2012 relative andagrave; st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On January 26, 2012, the European Union and 22 of its member countries signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial pact designed to tighten international controls It was reported on December 1, 2011, that China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the European Union's European Patent Office (EPO) had signed an agreement on the use of Chinese-English machine-translations for patents, "in an On October 18, 2011, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) adopted a landmark decision in the case of Oliver Brustle v. Greenpeace e.V. and held that a process that involves the removal of a stem cell On April 14, 2011, the New Zealand parliament passed the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, New Regime for Section 92a Copyright Infringements (Apr. 14, 2011) [Press Release 1]; see... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 18 Apr 2011 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402630_text Global Legal Monitor: United States: USTR Issues "Notorious Markets" List http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402550_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On February 16, 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered an important judgment on the illegal downloading of songs by Internet users. The ECJ held that online social network sites cannot be forced to adopt France's Law 2012-287, of March 1, 2012, on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books, was published in France's official gazette of March 2, 2012. (LOI nanddeg; 2012-287 du 1er mars 2012 relative andagrave; st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On January 26, 2012, the European Union and 22 of its member countries signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial pact designed to tighten international controls It was reported on December 1, 2011, that China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the European Union's European Patent Office (EPO) had signed an agreement on the use of Chinese-English machine-translations for patents, "in an On October 18, 2011, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) adopted a landmark decision in the case of Oliver Brustle v. Greenpeace e.V. and held that a process that involves the removal of a stem cell On April 14, 2011, the New Zealand parliament passed the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, New Regime for Section 92a Copyright Infringements (Apr. 14, 2011) [Press Release 1]; see On February 28, 2011, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a list of over 30 "notorious" Internet and physical sites that violate intellectual property rights. The "Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets" list... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 03 Mar 2011 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402550_text Global Legal Monitor: China: Law on Intangible Cultural Heritage Adopted http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402551_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On February 16, 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered an important judgment on the illegal downloading of songs by Internet users. The ECJ held that online social network sites cannot be forced to adopt France's Law 2012-287, of March 1, 2012, on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books, was published in France's official gazette of March 2, 2012. (LOI nanddeg; 2012-287 du 1er mars 2012 relative andagrave; st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On January 26, 2012, the European Union and 22 of its member countries signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial pact designed to tighten international controls It was reported on December 1, 2011, that China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the European Union's European Patent Office (EPO) had signed an agreement on the use of Chinese-English machine-translations for patents, "in an On October 18, 2011, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) adopted a landmark decision in the case of Oliver Brustle v. Greenpeace e.V. and held that a process that involves the removal of a stem cell On April 14, 2011, the New Zealand parliament passed the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, New Regime for Section 92a Copyright Infringements (Apr. 14, 2011) [Press Release 1]; see On February 28, 2011, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a list of over 30 "notorious" Internet and physical sites that violate intellectual property rights. The "Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets" list On February 25, 2011, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee adopted a law on intangible cultural heritage (ICH) designed to preserve traditions considered to have historic, literary, artistic, or scientific value, including those traditions of the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 02 Mar 2011 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402551_text Global Legal Monitor: Japan: Streaming and Transfer of Recorded TV Programs Services Abroad Found Illegal http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402508_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On February 16, 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered an important judgment on the illegal downloading of songs by Internet users. The ECJ held that online social network sites cannot be forced to adopt France's Law 2012-287, of March 1, 2012, on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books, was published in France's official gazette of March 2, 2012. (LOI nanddeg; 2012-287 du 1er mars 2012 relative andagrave; st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On January 26, 2012, the European Union and 22 of its member countries signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial pact designed to tighten international controls It was reported on December 1, 2011, that China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the European Union's European Patent Office (EPO) had signed an agreement on the use of Chinese-English machine-translations for patents, "in an On October 18, 2011, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) adopted a landmark decision in the case of Oliver Brustle v. Greenpeace e.V. and held that a process that involves the removal of a stem cell On April 14, 2011, the New Zealand parliament passed the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, New Regime for Section 92a Copyright Infringements (Apr. 14, 2011) [Press Release 1]; see On February 28, 2011, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a list of over 30 "notorious" Internet and physical sites that violate intellectual property rights. The "Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets" list On February 25, 2011, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee adopted a law on intangible cultural heritage (ICH) designed to preserve traditions considered to have historic, literary, artistic, or scientific value, including those traditions of the The Supreme Court of Japan decided in two recent cases that two kinds of services that enabled overseas Japanese to watch TV programs broadcast in Japan were illegal, because they infringed on the copyright of broadcasters... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 09 Feb 2011 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402508_text Global Legal Monitor: Israel: Replacement of Paper Publication of Patent Announcements with Online Publication http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402475_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On February 16, 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered an important judgment on the illegal downloading of songs by Internet users. The ECJ held that online social network sites cannot be forced to adopt France's Law 2012-287, of March 1, 2012, on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books, was published in France's official gazette of March 2, 2012. (LOI nanddeg; 2012-287 du 1er mars 2012 relative andagrave; st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On January 26, 2012, the European Union and 22 of its member countries signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial pact designed to tighten international controls It was reported on December 1, 2011, that China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the European Union's European Patent Office (EPO) had signed an agreement on the use of Chinese-English machine-translations for patents, "in an On October 18, 2011, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) adopted a landmark decision in the case of Oliver Brustle v. Greenpeace e.V. and held that a process that involves the removal of a stem cell On April 14, 2011, the New Zealand parliament passed the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, New Regime for Section 92a Copyright Infringements (Apr. 14, 2011) [Press Release 1]; see On February 28, 2011, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a list of over 30 "notorious" Internet and physical sites that violate intellectual property rights. The "Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets" list On February 25, 2011, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee adopted a law on intangible cultural heritage (ICH) designed to preserve traditions considered to have historic, literary, artistic, or scientific value, including those traditions of the The Supreme Court of Japan decided in two recent cases that two kinds of services that enabled overseas Japanese to watch TV programs broadcast in Japan were illegal, because they infringed on the copyright of broadcasters On January 3, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Patent Law 5727-1967. Prior to its amendment, the Law required the publication of various announcements, including patent registration requests and approvals, in the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 19 Jan 2011 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402475_text Global Legal Monitor: Zimbabwe: Government to Put Public Documents Under Copyright Protection, Making Citizens' Access More Difficult http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402404_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On February 16, 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered an important judgment on the illegal downloading of songs by Internet users. The ECJ held that online social network sites cannot be forced to adopt France's Law 2012-287, of March 1, 2012, on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books, was published in France's official gazette of March 2, 2012. (LOI nanddeg; 2012-287 du 1er mars 2012 relative andagrave; st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On January 26, 2012, the European Union and 22 of its member countries signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial pact designed to tighten international controls It was reported on December 1, 2011, that China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the European Union's European Patent Office (EPO) had signed an agreement on the use of Chinese-English machine-translations for patents, "in an On October 18, 2011, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) adopted a landmark decision in the case of Oliver Brustle v. Greenpeace e.V. and held that a process that involves the removal of a stem cell On April 14, 2011, the New Zealand parliament passed the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, New Regime for Section 92a Copyright Infringements (Apr. 14, 2011) [Press Release 1]; see On February 28, 2011, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a list of over 30 "notorious" Internet and physical sites that violate intellectual property rights. The "Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets" list On February 25, 2011, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee adopted a law on intangible cultural heritage (ICH) designed to preserve traditions considered to have historic, literary, artistic, or scientific value, including those traditions of the The Supreme Court of Japan decided in two recent cases that two kinds of services that enabled overseas Japanese to watch TV programs broadcast in Japan were illegal, because they infringed on the copyright of broadcasters On January 3, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Patent Law 5727-1967. Prior to its amendment, the Law required the publication of various announcements, including patent registration requests and approvals, in the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 06 Dec 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402404_text Global Legal Monitor: World: Draft Counterfeiting Pact in Final Stages of Completion http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402381_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On February 16, 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered an important judgment on the illegal downloading of songs by Internet users. The ECJ held that online social network sites cannot be forced to adopt France's Law 2012-287, of March 1, 2012, on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books, was published in France's official gazette of March 2, 2012. (LOI nanddeg; 2012-287 du 1er mars 2012 relative andagrave; st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On January 26, 2012, the European Union and 22 of its member countries signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial pact designed to tighten international controls It was reported on December 1, 2011, that China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the European Union's European Patent Office (EPO) had signed an agreement on the use of Chinese-English machine-translations for patents, "in an On October 18, 2011, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) adopted a landmark decision in the case of Oliver Brustle v. Greenpeace e.V. and held that a process that involves the removal of a stem cell On April 14, 2011, the New Zealand parliament passed the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, New Regime for Section 92a Copyright Infringements (Apr. 14, 2011) [Press Release 1]; see On February 28, 2011, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a list of over 30 "notorious" Internet and physical sites that violate intellectual property rights. The "Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets" list On February 25, 2011, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee adopted a law on intangible cultural heritage (ICH) designed to preserve traditions considered to have historic, literary, artistic, or scientific value, including those traditions of the The Supreme Court of Japan decided in two recent cases that two kinds of services that enabled overseas Japanese to watch TV programs broadcast in Japan were illegal, because they infringed on the copyright of broadcasters On January 3, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Patent Law 5727-1967. Prior to its amendment, the Law required the publication of various announcements, including patent registration requests and approvals, in the On October 6, 2010, a draft text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was made public, after three years and 11 rounds of negotiations. The current negotiating parties are Australia, Canada, the European Union (including all... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 18 Nov 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402381_text Global Legal Monitor: China: State Council Orders Government Organs to Use Genuine Software http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402352_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On February 16, 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered an important judgment on the illegal downloading of songs by Internet users. The ECJ held that online social network sites cannot be forced to adopt France's Law 2012-287, of March 1, 2012, on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books, was published in France's official gazette of March 2, 2012. (LOI nanddeg; 2012-287 du 1er mars 2012 relative andagrave; st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On January 26, 2012, the European Union and 22 of its member countries signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial pact designed to tighten international controls It was reported on December 1, 2011, that China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the European Union's European Patent Office (EPO) had signed an agreement on the use of Chinese-English machine-translations for patents, "in an On October 18, 2011, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) adopted a landmark decision in the case of Oliver Brustle v. Greenpeace e.V. and held that a process that involves the removal of a stem cell On April 14, 2011, the New Zealand parliament passed the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, New Regime for Section 92a Copyright Infringements (Apr. 14, 2011) [Press Release 1]; see On February 28, 2011, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a list of over 30 "notorious" Internet and physical sites that violate intellectual property rights. The "Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets" list On February 25, 2011, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee adopted a law on intangible cultural heritage (ICH) designed to preserve traditions considered to have historic, literary, artistic, or scientific value, including those traditions of the The Supreme Court of Japan decided in two recent cases that two kinds of services that enabled overseas Japanese to watch TV programs broadcast in Japan were illegal, because they infringed on the copyright of broadcasters On January 3, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Patent Law 5727-1967. Prior to its amendment, the Law required the publication of various announcements, including patent registration requests and approvals, in the On October 6, 2010, a draft text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was made public, after three years and 11 rounds of negotiations. The current negotiating parties are Australia, Canada, the European Union (including all On October 18, 2010, the General Office of China's State Council issued a notice requiring central government ministries and commissions and local governments to use genuine and authorized computer software. (Guo Ban Fa [2010] No. 47... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 05 Nov 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402352_text Global Legal Monitor: France: New Administrative Authority in Charge of Fighting Internet Piracy Begins Operations http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402351_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On February 16, 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered an important judgment on the illegal downloading of songs by Internet users. The ECJ held that online social network sites cannot be forced to adopt France's Law 2012-287, of March 1, 2012, on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books, was published in France's official gazette of March 2, 2012. (LOI nanddeg; 2012-287 du 1er mars 2012 relative andagrave; st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On January 26, 2012, the European Union and 22 of its member countries signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial pact designed to tighten international controls It was reported on December 1, 2011, that China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the European Union's European Patent Office (EPO) had signed an agreement on the use of Chinese-English machine-translations for patents, "in an On October 18, 2011, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) adopted a landmark decision in the case of Oliver Brustle v. Greenpeace e.V. and held that a process that involves the removal of a stem cell On April 14, 2011, the New Zealand parliament passed the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, New Regime for Section 92a Copyright Infringements (Apr. 14, 2011) [Press Release 1]; see On February 28, 2011, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a list of over 30 "notorious" Internet and physical sites that violate intellectual property rights. The "Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets" list On February 25, 2011, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee adopted a law on intangible cultural heritage (ICH) designed to preserve traditions considered to have historic, literary, artistic, or scientific value, including those traditions of the The Supreme Court of Japan decided in two recent cases that two kinds of services that enabled overseas Japanese to watch TV programs broadcast in Japan were illegal, because they infringed on the copyright of broadcasters On January 3, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Patent Law 5727-1967. Prior to its amendment, the Law required the publication of various announcements, including patent registration requests and approvals, in the On October 6, 2010, a draft text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was made public, after three years and 11 rounds of negotiations. The current negotiating parties are Australia, Canada, the European Union (including all On October 18, 2010, the General Office of China's State Council issued a notice requiring central government ministries and commissions and local governments to use genuine and authorized computer software. (Guo Ban Fa [2010] No. 47 France's newly independent administrative authority, the High Authority for the Distribution of Works and the Protection of Rights on the Internet (Haute Autorit; pour la diffusion des oeuvres et la protection des droits sur internet, HADOPI),... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 04 Nov 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402351_text Global Legal Monitor: South Korea: Special Judicial Police Squad Launched for War on "Knockoffs" http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402320_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On February 16, 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered an important judgment on the illegal downloading of songs by Internet users. The ECJ held that online social network sites cannot be forced to adopt France's Law 2012-287, of March 1, 2012, on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books, was published in France's official gazette of March 2, 2012. (LOI nanddeg; 2012-287 du 1er mars 2012 relative andagrave; st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On January 26, 2012, the European Union and 22 of its member countries signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial pact designed to tighten international controls It was reported on December 1, 2011, that China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the European Union's European Patent Office (EPO) had signed an agreement on the use of Chinese-English machine-translations for patents, "in an On October 18, 2011, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) adopted a landmark decision in the case of Oliver Brustle v. Greenpeace e.V. and held that a process that involves the removal of a stem cell On April 14, 2011, the New Zealand parliament passed the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, New Regime for Section 92a Copyright Infringements (Apr. 14, 2011) [Press Release 1]; see On February 28, 2011, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a list of over 30 "notorious" Internet and physical sites that violate intellectual property rights. The "Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets" list On February 25, 2011, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee adopted a law on intangible cultural heritage (ICH) designed to preserve traditions considered to have historic, literary, artistic, or scientific value, including those traditions of the The Supreme Court of Japan decided in two recent cases that two kinds of services that enabled overseas Japanese to watch TV programs broadcast in Japan were illegal, because they infringed on the copyright of broadcasters On January 3, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Patent Law 5727-1967. Prior to its amendment, the Law required the publication of various announcements, including patent registration requests and approvals, in the On October 6, 2010, a draft text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was made public, after three years and 11 rounds of negotiations. The current negotiating parties are Australia, Canada, the European Union (including all On October 18, 2010, the General Office of China's State Council issued a notice requiring central government ministries and commissions and local governments to use genuine and authorized computer software. (Guo Ban Fa [2010] No. 47 France's newly independent administrative authority, the High Authority for the Distribution of Works and the Protection of Rights on the Internet (Haute Autorit; pour la diffusion des oeuvres et la protection des droits sur internet, HADOPI), On September 8, 2010, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) launched the Special Judicial Police Squad to more effectively crack down on counterfeit goods, so-called "knockoffs," and trademark offenders. While proud of its fourth ranking in... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 15 Oct 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402320_text Global Legal Monitor: Israel: Accession to Protocol on Registration of Marks http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402240_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On February 16, 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered an important judgment on the illegal downloading of songs by Internet users. The ECJ held that online social network sites cannot be forced to adopt France's Law 2012-287, of March 1, 2012, on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books, was published in France's official gazette of March 2, 2012. (LOI nanddeg; 2012-287 du 1er mars 2012 relative andagrave; st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On January 26, 2012, the European Union and 22 of its member countries signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial pact designed to tighten international controls It was reported on December 1, 2011, that China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the European Union's European Patent Office (EPO) had signed an agreement on the use of Chinese-English machine-translations for patents, "in an On October 18, 2011, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) adopted a landmark decision in the case of Oliver Brustle v. Greenpeace e.V. and held that a process that involves the removal of a stem cell On April 14, 2011, the New Zealand parliament passed the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, New Regime for Section 92a Copyright Infringements (Apr. 14, 2011) [Press Release 1]; see On February 28, 2011, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a list of over 30 "notorious" Internet and physical sites that violate intellectual property rights. The "Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets" list On February 25, 2011, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee adopted a law on intangible cultural heritage (ICH) designed to preserve traditions considered to have historic, literary, artistic, or scientific value, including those traditions of the The Supreme Court of Japan decided in two recent cases that two kinds of services that enabled overseas Japanese to watch TV programs broadcast in Japan were illegal, because they infringed on the copyright of broadcasters On January 3, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Patent Law 5727-1967. Prior to its amendment, the Law required the publication of various announcements, including patent registration requests and approvals, in the On October 6, 2010, a draft text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was made public, after three years and 11 rounds of negotiations. The current negotiating parties are Australia, Canada, the European Union (including all On October 18, 2010, the General Office of China's State Council issued a notice requiring central government ministries and commissions and local governments to use genuine and authorized computer software. (Guo Ban Fa [2010] No. 47 France's newly independent administrative authority, the High Authority for the Distribution of Works and the Protection of Rights on the Internet (Haute Autorit; pour la diffusion des oeuvres et la protection des droits sur internet, HADOPI), On September 8, 2010, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) launched the Special Judicial Police Squad to more effectively crack down on counterfeit goods, so-called "knockoffs," and trademark offenders. While proud of its fourth ranking in On May 31, 2010, the Government of Israel deposited with the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol Concerning the International Registration of Marks (Protocol) (Protocol... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 15 Sep 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402240_text Global Legal Monitor: India: Proposal to Tighten FDI Investment in Pharmaceuticals Through Use of Compulsory Licensing http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402206_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On February 16, 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered an important judgment on the illegal downloading of songs by Internet users. The ECJ held that online social network sites cannot be forced to adopt France's Law 2012-287, of March 1, 2012, on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books, was published in France's official gazette of March 2, 2012. (LOI nanddeg; 2012-287 du 1er mars 2012 relative andagrave; st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On January 26, 2012, the European Union and 22 of its member countries signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial pact designed to tighten international controls It was reported on December 1, 2011, that China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the European Union's European Patent Office (EPO) had signed an agreement on the use of Chinese-English machine-translations for patents, "in an On October 18, 2011, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) adopted a landmark decision in the case of Oliver Brustle v. Greenpeace e.V. and held that a process that involves the removal of a stem cell On April 14, 2011, the New Zealand parliament passed the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, New Regime for Section 92a Copyright Infringements (Apr. 14, 2011) [Press Release 1]; see On February 28, 2011, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a list of over 30 "notorious" Internet and physical sites that violate intellectual property rights. The "Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets" list On February 25, 2011, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee adopted a law on intangible cultural heritage (ICH) designed to preserve traditions considered to have historic, literary, artistic, or scientific value, including those traditions of the The Supreme Court of Japan decided in two recent cases that two kinds of services that enabled overseas Japanese to watch TV programs broadcast in Japan were illegal, because they infringed on the copyright of broadcasters On January 3, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Patent Law 5727-1967. Prior to its amendment, the Law required the publication of various announcements, including patent registration requests and approvals, in the On October 6, 2010, a draft text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was made public, after three years and 11 rounds of negotiations. The current negotiating parties are Australia, Canada, the European Union (including all On October 18, 2010, the General Office of China's State Council issued a notice requiring central government ministries and commissions and local governments to use genuine and authorized computer software. (Guo Ban Fa [2010] No. 47 France's newly independent administrative authority, the High Authority for the Distribution of Works and the Protection of Rights on the Internet (Haute Autorit; pour la diffusion des oeuvres et la protection des droits sur internet, HADOPI), On September 8, 2010, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) launched the Special Judicial Police Squad to more effectively crack down on counterfeit goods, so-called "knockoffs," and trademark offenders. While proud of its fourth ranking in On May 31, 2010, the Government of Israel deposited with the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol Concerning the International Registration of Marks (Protocol) (Protocol A discussion paper made public on August 24, 2010, by India's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), under the Commerce and Industry Ministry, seeks public comment, through September 30, on issues of compulsory licensing (CL)... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 01 Sep 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402206_text Global Legal Monitor: World Intellectual Property Organization: Nonbinding Recommendations for Improvement of Patent Cooperation Treaty http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402082_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On February 16, 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered an important judgment on the illegal downloading of songs by Internet users. The ECJ held that online social network sites cannot be forced to adopt France's Law 2012-287, of March 1, 2012, on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books, was published in France's official gazette of March 2, 2012. (LOI nanddeg; 2012-287 du 1er mars 2012 relative andagrave; st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On January 26, 2012, the European Union and 22 of its member countries signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial pact designed to tighten international controls It was reported on December 1, 2011, that China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the European Union's European Patent Office (EPO) had signed an agreement on the use of Chinese-English machine-translations for patents, "in an On October 18, 2011, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) adopted a landmark decision in the case of Oliver Brustle v. Greenpeace e.V. and held that a process that involves the removal of a stem cell On April 14, 2011, the New Zealand parliament passed the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, New Regime for Section 92a Copyright Infringements (Apr. 14, 2011) [Press Release 1]; see On February 28, 2011, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a list of over 30 "notorious" Internet and physical sites that violate intellectual property rights. The "Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets" list On February 25, 2011, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee adopted a law on intangible cultural heritage (ICH) designed to preserve traditions considered to have historic, literary, artistic, or scientific value, including those traditions of the The Supreme Court of Japan decided in two recent cases that two kinds of services that enabled overseas Japanese to watch TV programs broadcast in Japan were illegal, because they infringed on the copyright of broadcasters On January 3, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Patent Law 5727-1967. Prior to its amendment, the Law required the publication of various announcements, including patent registration requests and approvals, in the On October 6, 2010, a draft text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was made public, after three years and 11 rounds of negotiations. The current negotiating parties are Australia, Canada, the European Union (including all On October 18, 2010, the General Office of China's State Council issued a notice requiring central government ministries and commissions and local governments to use genuine and authorized computer software. (Guo Ban Fa [2010] No. 47 France's newly independent administrative authority, the High Authority for the Distribution of Works and the Protection of Rights on the Internet (Haute Autorit; pour la diffusion des oeuvres et la protection des droits sur internet, HADOPI), On September 8, 2010, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) launched the Special Judicial Police Squad to more effectively crack down on counterfeit goods, so-called "knockoffs," and trademark offenders. While proud of its fourth ranking in On May 31, 2010, the Government of Israel deposited with the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol Concerning the International Registration of Marks (Protocol) (Protocol A discussion paper made public on August 24, 2010, by India's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), under the Commerce and Industry Ministry, seeks public comment, through September 30, on issues of compulsory licensing (CL) Members of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), at a meeting of the WIPO Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Working Group held on June 14-18, 2010, endorsed nonbinding recommendations to improve the Treaty's functioning that are set... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 30 Jun 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205402082_text Global Legal Monitor: European Union: Decision on Jurisdiction over Benefits from Resales of Art Works http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401991_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On February 16, 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered an important judgment on the illegal downloading of songs by Internet users. The ECJ held that online social network sites cannot be forced to adopt France's Law 2012-287, of March 1, 2012, on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books, was published in France's official gazette of March 2, 2012. (LOI nanddeg; 2012-287 du 1er mars 2012 relative andagrave; st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On January 26, 2012, the European Union and 22 of its member countries signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial pact designed to tighten international controls It was reported on December 1, 2011, that China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the European Union's European Patent Office (EPO) had signed an agreement on the use of Chinese-English machine-translations for patents, "in an On October 18, 2011, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) adopted a landmark decision in the case of Oliver Brustle v. Greenpeace e.V. and held that a process that involves the removal of a stem cell On April 14, 2011, the New Zealand parliament passed the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, New Regime for Section 92a Copyright Infringements (Apr. 14, 2011) [Press Release 1]; see On February 28, 2011, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a list of over 30 "notorious" Internet and physical sites that violate intellectual property rights. The "Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets" list On February 25, 2011, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee adopted a law on intangible cultural heritage (ICH) designed to preserve traditions considered to have historic, literary, artistic, or scientific value, including those traditions of the The Supreme Court of Japan decided in two recent cases that two kinds of services that enabled overseas Japanese to watch TV programs broadcast in Japan were illegal, because they infringed on the copyright of broadcasters On January 3, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Patent Law 5727-1967. Prior to its amendment, the Law required the publication of various announcements, including patent registration requests and approvals, in the On October 6, 2010, a draft text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was made public, after three years and 11 rounds of negotiations. The current negotiating parties are Australia, Canada, the European Union (including all On October 18, 2010, the General Office of China's State Council issued a notice requiring central government ministries and commissions and local governments to use genuine and authorized computer software. (Guo Ban Fa [2010] No. 47 France's newly independent administrative authority, the High Authority for the Distribution of Works and the Protection of Rights on the Internet (Haute Autorit; pour la diffusion des oeuvres et la protection des droits sur internet, HADOPI), On September 8, 2010, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) launched the Special Judicial Police Squad to more effectively crack down on counterfeit goods, so-called "knockoffs," and trademark offenders. While proud of its fourth ranking in On May 31, 2010, the Government of Israel deposited with the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol Concerning the International Registration of Marks (Protocol) (Protocol A discussion paper made public on August 24, 2010, by India's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), under the Commerce and Industry Ministry, seeks public comment, through September 30, on issues of compulsory licensing (CL) Members of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), at a meeting of the WIPO Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Working Group held on June 14-18, 2010, endorsed nonbinding recommendations to improve the Treaty's functioning that are set The European Union Court of Justice recently considered the issue of resale rights of the works of the painter Salvador Dali. Resale right is an intellectual property right permitting the creator and those entitled under the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 19 May 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401991_text Global Legal Monitor: European Union: Conflict Between Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement and Privacy Rules http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401931_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On February 16, 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered an important judgment on the illegal downloading of songs by Internet users. The ECJ held that online social network sites cannot be forced to adopt France's Law 2012-287, of March 1, 2012, on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books, was published in France's official gazette of March 2, 2012. (LOI nanddeg; 2012-287 du 1er mars 2012 relative andagrave; st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On January 26, 2012, the European Union and 22 of its member countries signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial pact designed to tighten international controls It was reported on December 1, 2011, that China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the European Union's European Patent Office (EPO) had signed an agreement on the use of Chinese-English machine-translations for patents, "in an On October 18, 2011, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) adopted a landmark decision in the case of Oliver Brustle v. Greenpeace e.V. and held that a process that involves the removal of a stem cell On April 14, 2011, the New Zealand parliament passed the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, New Regime for Section 92a Copyright Infringements (Apr. 14, 2011) [Press Release 1]; see On February 28, 2011, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a list of over 30 "notorious" Internet and physical sites that violate intellectual property rights. The "Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets" list On February 25, 2011, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee adopted a law on intangible cultural heritage (ICH) designed to preserve traditions considered to have historic, literary, artistic, or scientific value, including those traditions of the The Supreme Court of Japan decided in two recent cases that two kinds of services that enabled overseas Japanese to watch TV programs broadcast in Japan were illegal, because they infringed on the copyright of broadcasters On January 3, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Patent Law 5727-1967. Prior to its amendment, the Law required the publication of various announcements, including patent registration requests and approvals, in the On October 6, 2010, a draft text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was made public, after three years and 11 rounds of negotiations. The current negotiating parties are Australia, Canada, the European Union (including all On October 18, 2010, the General Office of China's State Council issued a notice requiring central government ministries and commissions and local governments to use genuine and authorized computer software. (Guo Ban Fa [2010] No. 47 France's newly independent administrative authority, the High Authority for the Distribution of Works and the Protection of Rights on the Internet (Haute Autorit; pour la diffusion des oeuvres et la protection des droits sur internet, HADOPI), On September 8, 2010, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) launched the Special Judicial Police Squad to more effectively crack down on counterfeit goods, so-called "knockoffs," and trademark offenders. While proud of its fourth ranking in On May 31, 2010, the Government of Israel deposited with the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol Concerning the International Registration of Marks (Protocol) (Protocol A discussion paper made public on August 24, 2010, by India's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), under the Commerce and Industry Ministry, seeks public comment, through September 30, on issues of compulsory licensing (CL) Members of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), at a meeting of the WIPO Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Working Group held on June 14-18, 2010, endorsed nonbinding recommendations to improve the Treaty's functioning that are set The European Union Court of Justice recently considered the issue of resale rights of the works of the painter Salvador Dali. Resale right is an intellectual property right permitting the creator and those entitled under the On February, 22, 2010, Peter Hustinx, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), an independent authority that plays an advisory role to the European Commission, issued an opinion regarding compatibility between the Antiand#8209;Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 21 Apr 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401931_text Global Legal Monitor: Namibia: Industrial Property Bill Proposed http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401933_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On February 16, 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered an important judgment on the illegal downloading of songs by Internet users. The ECJ held that online social network sites cannot be forced to adopt France's Law 2012-287, of March 1, 2012, on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books, was published in France's official gazette of March 2, 2012. (LOI nanddeg; 2012-287 du 1er mars 2012 relative andagrave; st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On January 26, 2012, the European Union and 22 of its member countries signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial pact designed to tighten international controls It was reported on December 1, 2011, that China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the European Union's European Patent Office (EPO) had signed an agreement on the use of Chinese-English machine-translations for patents, "in an On October 18, 2011, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) adopted a landmark decision in the case of Oliver Brustle v. Greenpeace e.V. and held that a process that involves the removal of a stem cell On April 14, 2011, the New Zealand parliament passed the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, New Regime for Section 92a Copyright Infringements (Apr. 14, 2011) [Press Release 1]; see On February 28, 2011, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a list of over 30 "notorious" Internet and physical sites that violate intellectual property rights. The "Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets" list On February 25, 2011, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee adopted a law on intangible cultural heritage (ICH) designed to preserve traditions considered to have historic, literary, artistic, or scientific value, including those traditions of the The Supreme Court of Japan decided in two recent cases that two kinds of services that enabled overseas Japanese to watch TV programs broadcast in Japan were illegal, because they infringed on the copyright of broadcasters On January 3, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Patent Law 5727-1967. Prior to its amendment, the Law required the publication of various announcements, including patent registration requests and approvals, in the On October 6, 2010, a draft text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was made public, after three years and 11 rounds of negotiations. The current negotiating parties are Australia, Canada, the European Union (including all On October 18, 2010, the General Office of China's State Council issued a notice requiring central government ministries and commissions and local governments to use genuine and authorized computer software. (Guo Ban Fa [2010] No. 47 France's newly independent administrative authority, the High Authority for the Distribution of Works and the Protection of Rights on the Internet (Haute Autorit; pour la diffusion des oeuvres et la protection des droits sur internet, HADOPI), On September 8, 2010, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) launched the Special Judicial Police Squad to more effectively crack down on counterfeit goods, so-called "knockoffs," and trademark offenders. While proud of its fourth ranking in On May 31, 2010, the Government of Israel deposited with the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol Concerning the International Registration of Marks (Protocol) (Protocol A discussion paper made public on August 24, 2010, by India's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), under the Commerce and Industry Ministry, seeks public comment, through September 30, on issues of compulsory licensing (CL) Members of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), at a meeting of the WIPO Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Working Group held on June 14-18, 2010, endorsed nonbinding recommendations to improve the Treaty's functioning that are set The European Union Court of Justice recently considered the issue of resale rights of the works of the painter Salvador Dali. Resale right is an intellectual property right permitting the creator and those entitled under the On February, 22, 2010, Peter Hustinx, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), an independent authority that plays an advisory role to the European Commission, issued an opinion regarding compatibility between the Antiand#8209;Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and On April 6, 2010, Tjekero Tweya, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, introduced the Industrial Property Bill in the Namibian Parliament for floor action. The bill is intended to replace the fragmented legislation currently in place... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 19 Apr 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401933_text Global Legal Monitor: China: Regulations on Customs Protection of IPR Amended http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401922_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On February 16, 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered an important judgment on the illegal downloading of songs by Internet users. The ECJ held that online social network sites cannot be forced to adopt France's Law 2012-287, of March 1, 2012, on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books, was published in France's official gazette of March 2, 2012. (LOI nanddeg; 2012-287 du 1er mars 2012 relative andagrave; st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On January 26, 2012, the European Union and 22 of its member countries signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial pact designed to tighten international controls It was reported on December 1, 2011, that China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the European Union's European Patent Office (EPO) had signed an agreement on the use of Chinese-English machine-translations for patents, "in an On October 18, 2011, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) adopted a landmark decision in the case of Oliver Brustle v. Greenpeace e.V. and held that a process that involves the removal of a stem cell On April 14, 2011, the New Zealand parliament passed the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, New Regime for Section 92a Copyright Infringements (Apr. 14, 2011) [Press Release 1]; see On February 28, 2011, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a list of over 30 "notorious" Internet and physical sites that violate intellectual property rights. The "Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets" list On February 25, 2011, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee adopted a law on intangible cultural heritage (ICH) designed to preserve traditions considered to have historic, literary, artistic, or scientific value, including those traditions of the The Supreme Court of Japan decided in two recent cases that two kinds of services that enabled overseas Japanese to watch TV programs broadcast in Japan were illegal, because they infringed on the copyright of broadcasters On January 3, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Patent Law 5727-1967. Prior to its amendment, the Law required the publication of various announcements, including patent registration requests and approvals, in the On October 6, 2010, a draft text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was made public, after three years and 11 rounds of negotiations. The current negotiating parties are Australia, Canada, the European Union (including all On October 18, 2010, the General Office of China's State Council issued a notice requiring central government ministries and commissions and local governments to use genuine and authorized computer software. (Guo Ban Fa [2010] No. 47 France's newly independent administrative authority, the High Authority for the Distribution of Works and the Protection of Rights on the Internet (Haute Autorit; pour la diffusion des oeuvres et la protection des droits sur internet, HADOPI), On September 8, 2010, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) launched the Special Judicial Police Squad to more effectively crack down on counterfeit goods, so-called "knockoffs," and trademark offenders. While proud of its fourth ranking in On May 31, 2010, the Government of Israel deposited with the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol Concerning the International Registration of Marks (Protocol) (Protocol A discussion paper made public on August 24, 2010, by India's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), under the Commerce and Industry Ministry, seeks public comment, through September 30, on issues of compulsory licensing (CL) Members of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), at a meeting of the WIPO Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Working Group held on June 14-18, 2010, endorsed nonbinding recommendations to improve the Treaty's functioning that are set The European Union Court of Justice recently considered the issue of resale rights of the works of the painter Salvador Dali. Resale right is an intellectual property right permitting the creator and those entitled under the On February, 22, 2010, Peter Hustinx, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), an independent authority that plays an advisory role to the European Commission, issued an opinion regarding compatibility between the Antiand#8209;Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and On April 6, 2010, Tjekero Tweya, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, introduced the Industrial Property Bill in the Namibian Parliament for floor action. The bill is intended to replace the fragmented legislation currently in place The State Council promulgated amended Regulations of the People's Republic of China (PRC) on Customs Protection of Intellectual Property Rights on March 24, 2010. The revisions affect articles 11, 23, 24, 27, and 28 of the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 14 Apr 2010 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401922_text Global Legal Monitor: Iceland: Injunction Against File-Sharing Website Upheld by Supreme Court http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401853_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On February 16, 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered an important judgment on the illegal downloading of songs by Internet users. The ECJ held that online social network sites cannot be forced to adopt France's Law 2012-287, of March 1, 2012, on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books, was published in France's official gazette of March 2, 2012. (LOI nanddeg; 2012-287 du 1er mars 2012 relative andagrave; st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On January 26, 2012, the European Union and 22 of its member countries signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial pact designed to tighten international controls It was reported on December 1, 2011, that China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the European Union's European Patent Office (EPO) had signed an agreement on the use of Chinese-English machine-translations for patents, "in an On October 18, 2011, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) adopted a landmark decision in the case of Oliver Brustle v. Greenpeace e.V. and held that a process that involves the removal of a stem cell On April 14, 2011, the New Zealand parliament passed the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, New Regime for Section 92a Copyright Infringements (Apr. 14, 2011) [Press Release 1]; see On February 28, 2011, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a list of over 30 "notorious" Internet and physical sites that violate intellectual property rights. The "Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets" list On February 25, 2011, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee adopted a law on intangible cultural heritage (ICH) designed to preserve traditions considered to have historic, literary, artistic, or scientific value, including those traditions of the The Supreme Court of Japan decided in two recent cases that two kinds of services that enabled overseas Japanese to watch TV programs broadcast in Japan were illegal, because they infringed on the copyright of broadcasters On January 3, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Patent Law 5727-1967. Prior to its amendment, the Law required the publication of various announcements, including patent registration requests and approvals, in the On October 6, 2010, a draft text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was made public, after three years and 11 rounds of negotiations. The current negotiating parties are Australia, Canada, the European Union (including all On October 18, 2010, the General Office of China's State Council issued a notice requiring central government ministries and commissions and local governments to use genuine and authorized computer software. (Guo Ban Fa [2010] No. 47 France's newly independent administrative authority, the High Authority for the Distribution of Works and the Protection of Rights on the Internet (Haute Autorit; pour la diffusion des oeuvres et la protection des droits sur internet, HADOPI), On September 8, 2010, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) launched the Special Judicial Police Squad to more effectively crack down on counterfeit goods, so-called "knockoffs," and trademark offenders. While proud of its fourth ranking in On May 31, 2010, the Government of Israel deposited with the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol Concerning the International Registration of Marks (Protocol) (Protocol A discussion paper made public on August 24, 2010, by India's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), under the Commerce and Industry Ministry, seeks public comment, through September 30, on issues of compulsory licensing (CL) Members of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), at a meeting of the WIPO Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Working Group held on June 14-18, 2010, endorsed nonbinding recommendations to improve the Treaty's functioning that are set The European Union Court of Justice recently considered the issue of resale rights of the works of the painter Salvador Dali. Resale right is an intellectual property right permitting the creator and those entitled under the On February, 22, 2010, Peter Hustinx, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), an independent authority that plays an advisory role to the European Commission, issued an opinion regarding compatibility between the Antiand#8209;Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and On April 6, 2010, Tjekero Tweya, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, introduced the Industrial Property Bill in the Namibian Parliament for floor action. The bill is intended to replace the fragmented legislation currently in place The State Council promulgated amended Regulations of the People's Republic of China (PRC) on Customs Protection of Intellectual Property Rights on March 24, 2010. The revisions affect articles 11, 23, 24, 27, and 28 of the On February 11, 2010, the Supreme Court of Iceland upheld an injunction imposed in November 2007 against Istorrent (www.torrent.is), the country's largest torrent (file-sharing) website, and its operator, Svavar Landuacute;thersson, and ordered Istorrent to pay... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 09 Mar 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401853_text Global Legal Monitor: China: Copyright Law Revised http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401852_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On February 16, 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered an important judgment on the illegal downloading of songs by Internet users. The ECJ held that online social network sites cannot be forced to adopt France's Law 2012-287, of March 1, 2012, on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books, was published in France's official gazette of March 2, 2012. (LOI nanddeg; 2012-287 du 1er mars 2012 relative andagrave; st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On January 26, 2012, the European Union and 22 of its member countries signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial pact designed to tighten international controls It was reported on December 1, 2011, that China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the European Union's European Patent Office (EPO) had signed an agreement on the use of Chinese-English machine-translations for patents, "in an On October 18, 2011, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) adopted a landmark decision in the case of Oliver Brustle v. Greenpeace e.V. and held that a process that involves the removal of a stem cell On April 14, 2011, the New Zealand parliament passed the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, New Regime for Section 92a Copyright Infringements (Apr. 14, 2011) [Press Release 1]; see On February 28, 2011, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a list of over 30 "notorious" Internet and physical sites that violate intellectual property rights. The "Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets" list On February 25, 2011, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee adopted a law on intangible cultural heritage (ICH) designed to preserve traditions considered to have historic, literary, artistic, or scientific value, including those traditions of the The Supreme Court of Japan decided in two recent cases that two kinds of services that enabled overseas Japanese to watch TV programs broadcast in Japan were illegal, because they infringed on the copyright of broadcasters On January 3, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Patent Law 5727-1967. Prior to its amendment, the Law required the publication of various announcements, including patent registration requests and approvals, in the On October 6, 2010, a draft text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was made public, after three years and 11 rounds of negotiations. The current negotiating parties are Australia, Canada, the European Union (including all On October 18, 2010, the General Office of China's State Council issued a notice requiring central government ministries and commissions and local governments to use genuine and authorized computer software. (Guo Ban Fa [2010] No. 47 France's newly independent administrative authority, the High Authority for the Distribution of Works and the Protection of Rights on the Internet (Haute Autorit; pour la diffusion des oeuvres et la protection des droits sur internet, HADOPI), On September 8, 2010, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) launched the Special Judicial Police Squad to more effectively crack down on counterfeit goods, so-called "knockoffs," and trademark offenders. While proud of its fourth ranking in On May 31, 2010, the Government of Israel deposited with the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol Concerning the International Registration of Marks (Protocol) (Protocol A discussion paper made public on August 24, 2010, by India's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), under the Commerce and Industry Ministry, seeks public comment, through September 30, on issues of compulsory licensing (CL) Members of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), at a meeting of the WIPO Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Working Group held on June 14-18, 2010, endorsed nonbinding recommendations to improve the Treaty's functioning that are set The European Union Court of Justice recently considered the issue of resale rights of the works of the painter Salvador Dali. Resale right is an intellectual property right permitting the creator and those entitled under the On February, 22, 2010, Peter Hustinx, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), an independent authority that plays an advisory role to the European Commission, issued an opinion regarding compatibility between the Antiand#8209;Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and On April 6, 2010, Tjekero Tweya, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, introduced the Industrial Property Bill in the Namibian Parliament for floor action. The bill is intended to replace the fragmented legislation currently in place The State Council promulgated amended Regulations of the People's Republic of China (PRC) on Customs Protection of Intellectual Property Rights on March 24, 2010. The revisions affect articles 11, 23, 24, 27, and 28 of the On February 11, 2010, the Supreme Court of Iceland upheld an injunction imposed in November 2007 against Istorrent (www.torrent.is), the country's largest torrent (file-sharing) website, and its operator, Svavar Landuacute;thersson, and ordered Istorrent to pay On February 26, 2010, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) amended the Copyright Law of the People's Republic of China (PRC), to take effect on April 1, 2010. (Decision of the NPC Standing... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 04 Mar 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401852_text Global Legal Monitor: Australia: Court Finds Internet Provider Not Responsible for Illegal Downloads http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401814_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On February 16, 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered an important judgment on the illegal downloading of songs by Internet users. The ECJ held that online social network sites cannot be forced to adopt France's Law 2012-287, of March 1, 2012, on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books, was published in France's official gazette of March 2, 2012. (LOI nanddeg; 2012-287 du 1er mars 2012 relative andagrave; st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On January 26, 2012, the European Union and 22 of its member countries signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial pact designed to tighten international controls It was reported on December 1, 2011, that China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the European Union's European Patent Office (EPO) had signed an agreement on the use of Chinese-English machine-translations for patents, "in an On October 18, 2011, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) adopted a landmark decision in the case of Oliver Brustle v. Greenpeace e.V. and held that a process that involves the removal of a stem cell On April 14, 2011, the New Zealand parliament passed the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, New Regime for Section 92a Copyright Infringements (Apr. 14, 2011) [Press Release 1]; see On February 28, 2011, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a list of over 30 "notorious" Internet and physical sites that violate intellectual property rights. The "Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets" list On February 25, 2011, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee adopted a law on intangible cultural heritage (ICH) designed to preserve traditions considered to have historic, literary, artistic, or scientific value, including those traditions of the The Supreme Court of Japan decided in two recent cases that two kinds of services that enabled overseas Japanese to watch TV programs broadcast in Japan were illegal, because they infringed on the copyright of broadcasters On January 3, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Patent Law 5727-1967. Prior to its amendment, the Law required the publication of various announcements, including patent registration requests and approvals, in the On October 6, 2010, a draft text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was made public, after three years and 11 rounds of negotiations. The current negotiating parties are Australia, Canada, the European Union (including all On October 18, 2010, the General Office of China's State Council issued a notice requiring central government ministries and commissions and local governments to use genuine and authorized computer software. (Guo Ban Fa [2010] No. 47 France's newly independent administrative authority, the High Authority for the Distribution of Works and the Protection of Rights on the Internet (Haute Autorit; pour la diffusion des oeuvres et la protection des droits sur internet, HADOPI), On September 8, 2010, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) launched the Special Judicial Police Squad to more effectively crack down on counterfeit goods, so-called "knockoffs," and trademark offenders. While proud of its fourth ranking in On May 31, 2010, the Government of Israel deposited with the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol Concerning the International Registration of Marks (Protocol) (Protocol A discussion paper made public on August 24, 2010, by India's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), under the Commerce and Industry Ministry, seeks public comment, through September 30, on issues of compulsory licensing (CL) Members of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), at a meeting of the WIPO Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Working Group held on June 14-18, 2010, endorsed nonbinding recommendations to improve the Treaty's functioning that are set The European Union Court of Justice recently considered the issue of resale rights of the works of the painter Salvador Dali. Resale right is an intellectual property right permitting the creator and those entitled under the On February, 22, 2010, Peter Hustinx, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), an independent authority that plays an advisory role to the European Commission, issued an opinion regarding compatibility between the Antiand#8209;Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and On April 6, 2010, Tjekero Tweya, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, introduced the Industrial Property Bill in the Namibian Parliament for floor action. The bill is intended to replace the fragmented legislation currently in place The State Council promulgated amended Regulations of the People's Republic of China (PRC) on Customs Protection of Intellectual Property Rights on March 24, 2010. The revisions affect articles 11, 23, 24, 27, and 28 of the On February 11, 2010, the Supreme Court of Iceland upheld an injunction imposed in November 2007 against Istorrent (www.torrent.is), the country's largest torrent (file-sharing) website, and its operator, Svavar Landuacute;thersson, and ordered Istorrent to pay On February 26, 2010, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) amended the Copyright Law of the People's Republic of China (PRC), to take effect on April 1, 2010. (Decision of the NPC Standing On February 4, 2010, in what is being called a "landmark judgment" that has possible international ramifications, the Federal Court of Australia ruled against a number of major Hollywood film studios in finding that an Internet... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 12 Feb 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401814_text Global Legal Monitor: France: Google Infringes Copyright Law in Scanning Excerpts of Books Without Authorization http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401760_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On February 16, 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered an important judgment on the illegal downloading of songs by Internet users. The ECJ held that online social network sites cannot be forced to adopt France's Law 2012-287, of March 1, 2012, on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books, was published in France's official gazette of March 2, 2012. (LOI nanddeg; 2012-287 du 1er mars 2012 relative andagrave; st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On January 26, 2012, the European Union and 22 of its member countries signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial pact designed to tighten international controls It was reported on December 1, 2011, that China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the European Union's European Patent Office (EPO) had signed an agreement on the use of Chinese-English machine-translations for patents, "in an On October 18, 2011, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) adopted a landmark decision in the case of Oliver Brustle v. Greenpeace e.V. and held that a process that involves the removal of a stem cell On April 14, 2011, the New Zealand parliament passed the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, New Regime for Section 92a Copyright Infringements (Apr. 14, 2011) [Press Release 1]; see On February 28, 2011, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a list of over 30 "notorious" Internet and physical sites that violate intellectual property rights. The "Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets" list On February 25, 2011, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee adopted a law on intangible cultural heritage (ICH) designed to preserve traditions considered to have historic, literary, artistic, or scientific value, including those traditions of the The Supreme Court of Japan decided in two recent cases that two kinds of services that enabled overseas Japanese to watch TV programs broadcast in Japan were illegal, because they infringed on the copyright of broadcasters On January 3, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Patent Law 5727-1967. Prior to its amendment, the Law required the publication of various announcements, including patent registration requests and approvals, in the On October 6, 2010, a draft text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was made public, after three years and 11 rounds of negotiations. The current negotiating parties are Australia, Canada, the European Union (including all On October 18, 2010, the General Office of China's State Council issued a notice requiring central government ministries and commissions and local governments to use genuine and authorized computer software. (Guo Ban Fa [2010] No. 47 France's newly independent administrative authority, the High Authority for the Distribution of Works and the Protection of Rights on the Internet (Haute Autorit; pour la diffusion des oeuvres et la protection des droits sur internet, HADOPI), On September 8, 2010, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) launched the Special Judicial Police Squad to more effectively crack down on counterfeit goods, so-called "knockoffs," and trademark offenders. While proud of its fourth ranking in On May 31, 2010, the Government of Israel deposited with the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol Concerning the International Registration of Marks (Protocol) (Protocol A discussion paper made public on August 24, 2010, by India's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), under the Commerce and Industry Ministry, seeks public comment, through September 30, on issues of compulsory licensing (CL) Members of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), at a meeting of the WIPO Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Working Group held on June 14-18, 2010, endorsed nonbinding recommendations to improve the Treaty's functioning that are set The European Union Court of Justice recently considered the issue of resale rights of the works of the painter Salvador Dali. Resale right is an intellectual property right permitting the creator and those entitled under the On February, 22, 2010, Peter Hustinx, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), an independent authority that plays an advisory role to the European Commission, issued an opinion regarding compatibility between the Antiand#8209;Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and On April 6, 2010, Tjekero Tweya, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, introduced the Industrial Property Bill in the Namibian Parliament for floor action. The bill is intended to replace the fragmented legislation currently in place The State Council promulgated amended Regulations of the People's Republic of China (PRC) on Customs Protection of Intellectual Property Rights on March 24, 2010. The revisions affect articles 11, 23, 24, 27, and 28 of the On February 11, 2010, the Supreme Court of Iceland upheld an injunction imposed in November 2007 against Istorrent (www.torrent.is), the country's largest torrent (file-sharing) website, and its operator, Svavar Landuacute;thersson, and ordered Istorrent to pay On February 26, 2010, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) amended the Copyright Law of the People's Republic of China (PRC), to take effect on April 1, 2010. (Decision of the NPC Standing On February 4, 2010, in what is being called a "landmark judgment" that has possible international ramifications, the Federal Court of Australia ruled against a number of major Hollywood film studios in finding that an Internet On December 18, 2009, the Paris Tribunal de Grande Instance (Court of General Competence) ruled that Google has infringed French copyright law by digitalizing and publishing online excerpts of French books without the authorization of the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 05 Jan 2010 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401760_text Global Legal Monitor: European Union: Moves Toward a Common Patent System and a Patent Court http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401749_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On February 16, 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered an important judgment on the illegal downloading of songs by Internet users. The ECJ held that online social network sites cannot be forced to adopt France's Law 2012-287, of March 1, 2012, on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books, was published in France's official gazette of March 2, 2012. (LOI nanddeg; 2012-287 du 1er mars 2012 relative andagrave; st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On January 26, 2012, the European Union and 22 of its member countries signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial pact designed to tighten international controls It was reported on December 1, 2011, that China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the European Union's European Patent Office (EPO) had signed an agreement on the use of Chinese-English machine-translations for patents, "in an On October 18, 2011, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) adopted a landmark decision in the case of Oliver Brustle v. Greenpeace e.V. and held that a process that involves the removal of a stem cell On April 14, 2011, the New Zealand parliament passed the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, New Regime for Section 92a Copyright Infringements (Apr. 14, 2011) [Press Release 1]; see On February 28, 2011, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a list of over 30 "notorious" Internet and physical sites that violate intellectual property rights. The "Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets" list On February 25, 2011, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee adopted a law on intangible cultural heritage (ICH) designed to preserve traditions considered to have historic, literary, artistic, or scientific value, including those traditions of the The Supreme Court of Japan decided in two recent cases that two kinds of services that enabled overseas Japanese to watch TV programs broadcast in Japan were illegal, because they infringed on the copyright of broadcasters On January 3, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Patent Law 5727-1967. Prior to its amendment, the Law required the publication of various announcements, including patent registration requests and approvals, in the On October 6, 2010, a draft text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was made public, after three years and 11 rounds of negotiations. The current negotiating parties are Australia, Canada, the European Union (including all On October 18, 2010, the General Office of China's State Council issued a notice requiring central government ministries and commissions and local governments to use genuine and authorized computer software. (Guo Ban Fa [2010] No. 47 France's newly independent administrative authority, the High Authority for the Distribution of Works and the Protection of Rights on the Internet (Haute Autorit; pour la diffusion des oeuvres et la protection des droits sur internet, HADOPI), On September 8, 2010, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) launched the Special Judicial Police Squad to more effectively crack down on counterfeit goods, so-called "knockoffs," and trademark offenders. While proud of its fourth ranking in On May 31, 2010, the Government of Israel deposited with the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol Concerning the International Registration of Marks (Protocol) (Protocol A discussion paper made public on August 24, 2010, by India's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), under the Commerce and Industry Ministry, seeks public comment, through September 30, on issues of compulsory licensing (CL) Members of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), at a meeting of the WIPO Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Working Group held on June 14-18, 2010, endorsed nonbinding recommendations to improve the Treaty's functioning that are set The European Union Court of Justice recently considered the issue of resale rights of the works of the painter Salvador Dali. Resale right is an intellectual property right permitting the creator and those entitled under the On February, 22, 2010, Peter Hustinx, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), an independent authority that plays an advisory role to the European Commission, issued an opinion regarding compatibility between the Antiand#8209;Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and On April 6, 2010, Tjekero Tweya, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, introduced the Industrial Property Bill in the Namibian Parliament for floor action. The bill is intended to replace the fragmented legislation currently in place The State Council promulgated amended Regulations of the People's Republic of China (PRC) on Customs Protection of Intellectual Property Rights on March 24, 2010. The revisions affect articles 11, 23, 24, 27, and 28 of the On February 11, 2010, the Supreme Court of Iceland upheld an injunction imposed in November 2007 against Istorrent (www.torrent.is), the country's largest torrent (file-sharing) website, and its operator, Svavar Landuacute;thersson, and ordered Istorrent to pay On February 26, 2010, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) amended the Copyright Law of the People's Republic of China (PRC), to take effect on April 1, 2010. (Decision of the NPC Standing On February 4, 2010, in what is being called a "landmark judgment" that has possible international ramifications, the Federal Court of Australia ruled against a number of major Hollywood film studios in finding that an Internet On December 18, 2009, the Paris Tribunal de Grande Instance (Court of General Competence) ruled that Google has infringed French copyright law by digitalizing and publishing online excerpts of French books without the authorization of the At the European Union level, the debate about a single European patent system has been going on for the last 20 years without any result, mainly because the EU Members, due to political considerations, have been... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 30 Dec 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401749_text Global Legal Monitor: United States: Appellate Court Holds Excessive Sampling of George Clinton's "Atomic Dog" Violated Copyright http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401729_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On February 16, 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered an important judgment on the illegal downloading of songs by Internet users. The ECJ held that online social network sites cannot be forced to adopt France's Law 2012-287, of March 1, 2012, on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books, was published in France's official gazette of March 2, 2012. (LOI nanddeg; 2012-287 du 1er mars 2012 relative andagrave; st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On January 26, 2012, the European Union and 22 of its member countries signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial pact designed to tighten international controls It was reported on December 1, 2011, that China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the European Union's European Patent Office (EPO) had signed an agreement on the use of Chinese-English machine-translations for patents, "in an On October 18, 2011, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) adopted a landmark decision in the case of Oliver Brustle v. Greenpeace e.V. and held that a process that involves the removal of a stem cell On April 14, 2011, the New Zealand parliament passed the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, New Regime for Section 92a Copyright Infringements (Apr. 14, 2011) [Press Release 1]; see On February 28, 2011, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a list of over 30 "notorious" Internet and physical sites that violate intellectual property rights. The "Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets" list On February 25, 2011, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee adopted a law on intangible cultural heritage (ICH) designed to preserve traditions considered to have historic, literary, artistic, or scientific value, including those traditions of the The Supreme Court of Japan decided in two recent cases that two kinds of services that enabled overseas Japanese to watch TV programs broadcast in Japan were illegal, because they infringed on the copyright of broadcasters On January 3, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Patent Law 5727-1967. Prior to its amendment, the Law required the publication of various announcements, including patent registration requests and approvals, in the On October 6, 2010, a draft text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was made public, after three years and 11 rounds of negotiations. The current negotiating parties are Australia, Canada, the European Union (including all On October 18, 2010, the General Office of China's State Council issued a notice requiring central government ministries and commissions and local governments to use genuine and authorized computer software. (Guo Ban Fa [2010] No. 47 France's newly independent administrative authority, the High Authority for the Distribution of Works and the Protection of Rights on the Internet (Haute Autorit; pour la diffusion des oeuvres et la protection des droits sur internet, HADOPI), On September 8, 2010, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) launched the Special Judicial Police Squad to more effectively crack down on counterfeit goods, so-called "knockoffs," and trademark offenders. While proud of its fourth ranking in On May 31, 2010, the Government of Israel deposited with the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol Concerning the International Registration of Marks (Protocol) (Protocol A discussion paper made public on August 24, 2010, by India's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), under the Commerce and Industry Ministry, seeks public comment, through September 30, on issues of compulsory licensing (CL) Members of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), at a meeting of the WIPO Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Working Group held on June 14-18, 2010, endorsed nonbinding recommendations to improve the Treaty's functioning that are set The European Union Court of Justice recently considered the issue of resale rights of the works of the painter Salvador Dali. Resale right is an intellectual property right permitting the creator and those entitled under the On February, 22, 2010, Peter Hustinx, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), an independent authority that plays an advisory role to the European Commission, issued an opinion regarding compatibility between the Antiand#8209;Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and On April 6, 2010, Tjekero Tweya, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, introduced the Industrial Property Bill in the Namibian Parliament for floor action. The bill is intended to replace the fragmented legislation currently in place The State Council promulgated amended Regulations of the People's Republic of China (PRC) on Customs Protection of Intellectual Property Rights on March 24, 2010. The revisions affect articles 11, 23, 24, 27, and 28 of the On February 11, 2010, the Supreme Court of Iceland upheld an injunction imposed in November 2007 against Istorrent (www.torrent.is), the country's largest torrent (file-sharing) website, and its operator, Svavar Landuacute;thersson, and ordered Istorrent to pay On February 26, 2010, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) amended the Copyright Law of the People's Republic of China (PRC), to take effect on April 1, 2010. (Decision of the NPC Standing On February 4, 2010, in what is being called a "landmark judgment" that has possible international ramifications, the Federal Court of Australia ruled against a number of major Hollywood film studios in finding that an Internet On December 18, 2009, the Paris Tribunal de Grande Instance (Court of General Competence) ruled that Google has infringed French copyright law by digitalizing and publishing online excerpts of French books without the authorization of the At the European Union level, the debate about a single European patent system has been going on for the last 20 years without any result, mainly because the EU Members, due to political considerations, have been A U.S. federal appellate court has upheld a jury verdict awarding copyright infringement damages to owners of the rights to George Clinton's 1982 classic, "Atomic Dog," against a hip-hop group that used samples of that song... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 14 Dec 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401729_text Global Legal Monitor: Uganda: Government Proposes Bill to Prohibit Trading in Counterfeit Goods http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401661_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On February 16, 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered an important judgment on the illegal downloading of songs by Internet users. The ECJ held that online social network sites cannot be forced to adopt France's Law 2012-287, of March 1, 2012, on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books, was published in France's official gazette of March 2, 2012. (LOI nanddeg; 2012-287 du 1er mars 2012 relative andagrave; st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On January 26, 2012, the European Union and 22 of its member countries signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial pact designed to tighten international controls It was reported on December 1, 2011, that China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the European Union's European Patent Office (EPO) had signed an agreement on the use of Chinese-English machine-translations for patents, "in an On October 18, 2011, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) adopted a landmark decision in the case of Oliver Brustle v. Greenpeace e.V. and held that a process that involves the removal of a stem cell On April 14, 2011, the New Zealand parliament passed the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, New Regime for Section 92a Copyright Infringements (Apr. 14, 2011) [Press Release 1]; see On February 28, 2011, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a list of over 30 "notorious" Internet and physical sites that violate intellectual property rights. The "Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets" list On February 25, 2011, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee adopted a law on intangible cultural heritage (ICH) designed to preserve traditions considered to have historic, literary, artistic, or scientific value, including those traditions of the The Supreme Court of Japan decided in two recent cases that two kinds of services that enabled overseas Japanese to watch TV programs broadcast in Japan were illegal, because they infringed on the copyright of broadcasters On January 3, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Patent Law 5727-1967. Prior to its amendment, the Law required the publication of various announcements, including patent registration requests and approvals, in the On October 6, 2010, a draft text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was made public, after three years and 11 rounds of negotiations. The current negotiating parties are Australia, Canada, the European Union (including all On October 18, 2010, the General Office of China's State Council issued a notice requiring central government ministries and commissions and local governments to use genuine and authorized computer software. (Guo Ban Fa [2010] No. 47 France's newly independent administrative authority, the High Authority for the Distribution of Works and the Protection of Rights on the Internet (Haute Autorit; pour la diffusion des oeuvres et la protection des droits sur internet, HADOPI), On September 8, 2010, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) launched the Special Judicial Police Squad to more effectively crack down on counterfeit goods, so-called "knockoffs," and trademark offenders. While proud of its fourth ranking in On May 31, 2010, the Government of Israel deposited with the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol Concerning the International Registration of Marks (Protocol) (Protocol A discussion paper made public on August 24, 2010, by India's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), under the Commerce and Industry Ministry, seeks public comment, through September 30, on issues of compulsory licensing (CL) Members of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), at a meeting of the WIPO Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Working Group held on June 14-18, 2010, endorsed nonbinding recommendations to improve the Treaty's functioning that are set The European Union Court of Justice recently considered the issue of resale rights of the works of the painter Salvador Dali. Resale right is an intellectual property right permitting the creator and those entitled under the On February, 22, 2010, Peter Hustinx, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), an independent authority that plays an advisory role to the European Commission, issued an opinion regarding compatibility between the Antiand#8209;Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and On April 6, 2010, Tjekero Tweya, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, introduced the Industrial Property Bill in the Namibian Parliament for floor action. The bill is intended to replace the fragmented legislation currently in place The State Council promulgated amended Regulations of the People's Republic of China (PRC) on Customs Protection of Intellectual Property Rights on March 24, 2010. The revisions affect articles 11, 23, 24, 27, and 28 of the On February 11, 2010, the Supreme Court of Iceland upheld an injunction imposed in November 2007 against Istorrent (www.torrent.is), the country's largest torrent (file-sharing) website, and its operator, Svavar Landuacute;thersson, and ordered Istorrent to pay On February 26, 2010, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) amended the Copyright Law of the People's Republic of China (PRC), to take effect on April 1, 2010. (Decision of the NPC Standing On February 4, 2010, in what is being called a "landmark judgment" that has possible international ramifications, the Federal Court of Australia ruled against a number of major Hollywood film studios in finding that an Internet On December 18, 2009, the Paris Tribunal de Grande Instance (Court of General Competence) ruled that Google has infringed French copyright law by digitalizing and publishing online excerpts of French books without the authorization of the At the European Union level, the debate about a single European patent system has been going on for the last 20 years without any result, mainly because the EU Members, due to political considerations, have been A U.S. federal appellate court has upheld a jury verdict awarding copyright infringement damages to owners of the rights to George Clinton's 1982 classic, "Atomic Dog," against a hip-hop group that used samples of that song It was reported on November 6, 2009, that the Ugandan Trade Ministry, at the request of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, had proposed a counterfeit goods bill, which, if passed into law, will ban trading in goods... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 09 Nov 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401661_text Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands: Court Ruling Against File-Sharing Website Mininova http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401539_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On February 16, 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered an important judgment on the illegal downloading of songs by Internet users. The ECJ held that online social network sites cannot be forced to adopt France's Law 2012-287, of March 1, 2012, on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books, was published in France's official gazette of March 2, 2012. (LOI nanddeg; 2012-287 du 1er mars 2012 relative andagrave; st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On January 26, 2012, the European Union and 22 of its member countries signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial pact designed to tighten international controls It was reported on December 1, 2011, that China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the European Union's European Patent Office (EPO) had signed an agreement on the use of Chinese-English machine-translations for patents, "in an On October 18, 2011, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) adopted a landmark decision in the case of Oliver Brustle v. Greenpeace e.V. and held that a process that involves the removal of a stem cell On April 14, 2011, the New Zealand parliament passed the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, New Regime for Section 92a Copyright Infringements (Apr. 14, 2011) [Press Release 1]; see On February 28, 2011, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a list of over 30 "notorious" Internet and physical sites that violate intellectual property rights. The "Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets" list On February 25, 2011, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee adopted a law on intangible cultural heritage (ICH) designed to preserve traditions considered to have historic, literary, artistic, or scientific value, including those traditions of the The Supreme Court of Japan decided in two recent cases that two kinds of services that enabled overseas Japanese to watch TV programs broadcast in Japan were illegal, because they infringed on the copyright of broadcasters On January 3, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Patent Law 5727-1967. Prior to its amendment, the Law required the publication of various announcements, including patent registration requests and approvals, in the On October 6, 2010, a draft text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was made public, after three years and 11 rounds of negotiations. The current negotiating parties are Australia, Canada, the European Union (including all On October 18, 2010, the General Office of China's State Council issued a notice requiring central government ministries and commissions and local governments to use genuine and authorized computer software. (Guo Ban Fa [2010] No. 47 France's newly independent administrative authority, the High Authority for the Distribution of Works and the Protection of Rights on the Internet (Haute Autorit; pour la diffusion des oeuvres et la protection des droits sur internet, HADOPI), On September 8, 2010, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) launched the Special Judicial Police Squad to more effectively crack down on counterfeit goods, so-called "knockoffs," and trademark offenders. While proud of its fourth ranking in On May 31, 2010, the Government of Israel deposited with the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol Concerning the International Registration of Marks (Protocol) (Protocol A discussion paper made public on August 24, 2010, by India's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), under the Commerce and Industry Ministry, seeks public comment, through September 30, on issues of compulsory licensing (CL) Members of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), at a meeting of the WIPO Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Working Group held on June 14-18, 2010, endorsed nonbinding recommendations to improve the Treaty's functioning that are set The European Union Court of Justice recently considered the issue of resale rights of the works of the painter Salvador Dali. Resale right is an intellectual property right permitting the creator and those entitled under the On February, 22, 2010, Peter Hustinx, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), an independent authority that plays an advisory role to the European Commission, issued an opinion regarding compatibility between the Antiand#8209;Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and On April 6, 2010, Tjekero Tweya, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, introduced the Industrial Property Bill in the Namibian Parliament for floor action. The bill is intended to replace the fragmented legislation currently in place The State Council promulgated amended Regulations of the People's Republic of China (PRC) on Customs Protection of Intellectual Property Rights on March 24, 2010. The revisions affect articles 11, 23, 24, 27, and 28 of the On February 11, 2010, the Supreme Court of Iceland upheld an injunction imposed in November 2007 against Istorrent (www.torrent.is), the country's largest torrent (file-sharing) website, and its operator, Svavar Landuacute;thersson, and ordered Istorrent to pay On February 26, 2010, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) amended the Copyright Law of the People's Republic of China (PRC), to take effect on April 1, 2010. (Decision of the NPC Standing On February 4, 2010, in what is being called a "landmark judgment" that has possible international ramifications, the Federal Court of Australia ruled against a number of major Hollywood film studios in finding that an Internet On December 18, 2009, the Paris Tribunal de Grande Instance (Court of General Competence) ruled that Google has infringed French copyright law by digitalizing and publishing online excerpts of French books without the authorization of the At the European Union level, the debate about a single European patent system has been going on for the last 20 years without any result, mainly because the EU Members, due to political considerations, have been A U.S. federal appellate court has upheld a jury verdict awarding copyright infringement damages to owners of the rights to George Clinton's 1982 classic, "Atomic Dog," against a hip-hop group that used samples of that song It was reported on November 6, 2009, that the Ugandan Trade Ministry, at the request of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, had proposed a counterfeit goods bill, which, if passed into law, will ban trading in goods Mininova, a "torrent" site (one whose links allow for the transfer of large files) in the Netherlands that has been accused by an entertainment industry representative of facilitating downloading without copyright holders' consent by providing links... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Wed, 02 Sep 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401539_text Global Legal Monitor: China; United States; World Trade Organization: Panel Report on Dispute over Trading Rights and Distribution Services Issued http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401525_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On February 16, 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered an important judgment on the illegal downloading of songs by Internet users. The ECJ held that online social network sites cannot be forced to adopt France's Law 2012-287, of March 1, 2012, on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books, was published in France's official gazette of March 2, 2012. (LOI nanddeg; 2012-287 du 1er mars 2012 relative andagrave; st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On January 26, 2012, the European Union and 22 of its member countries signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial pact designed to tighten international controls It was reported on December 1, 2011, that China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the European Union's European Patent Office (EPO) had signed an agreement on the use of Chinese-English machine-translations for patents, "in an On October 18, 2011, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) adopted a landmark decision in the case of Oliver Brustle v. Greenpeace e.V. and held that a process that involves the removal of a stem cell On April 14, 2011, the New Zealand parliament passed the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, New Regime for Section 92a Copyright Infringements (Apr. 14, 2011) [Press Release 1]; see On February 28, 2011, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a list of over 30 "notorious" Internet and physical sites that violate intellectual property rights. The "Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets" list On February 25, 2011, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee adopted a law on intangible cultural heritage (ICH) designed to preserve traditions considered to have historic, literary, artistic, or scientific value, including those traditions of the The Supreme Court of Japan decided in two recent cases that two kinds of services that enabled overseas Japanese to watch TV programs broadcast in Japan were illegal, because they infringed on the copyright of broadcasters On January 3, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Patent Law 5727-1967. Prior to its amendment, the Law required the publication of various announcements, including patent registration requests and approvals, in the On October 6, 2010, a draft text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was made public, after three years and 11 rounds of negotiations. The current negotiating parties are Australia, Canada, the European Union (including all On October 18, 2010, the General Office of China's State Council issued a notice requiring central government ministries and commissions and local governments to use genuine and authorized computer software. (Guo Ban Fa [2010] No. 47 France's newly independent administrative authority, the High Authority for the Distribution of Works and the Protection of Rights on the Internet (Haute Autorit; pour la diffusion des oeuvres et la protection des droits sur internet, HADOPI), On September 8, 2010, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) launched the Special Judicial Police Squad to more effectively crack down on counterfeit goods, so-called "knockoffs," and trademark offenders. While proud of its fourth ranking in On May 31, 2010, the Government of Israel deposited with the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol Concerning the International Registration of Marks (Protocol) (Protocol A discussion paper made public on August 24, 2010, by India's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), under the Commerce and Industry Ministry, seeks public comment, through September 30, on issues of compulsory licensing (CL) Members of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), at a meeting of the WIPO Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Working Group held on June 14-18, 2010, endorsed nonbinding recommendations to improve the Treaty's functioning that are set The European Union Court of Justice recently considered the issue of resale rights of the works of the painter Salvador Dali. Resale right is an intellectual property right permitting the creator and those entitled under the On February, 22, 2010, Peter Hustinx, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), an independent authority that plays an advisory role to the European Commission, issued an opinion regarding compatibility between the Antiand#8209;Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and On April 6, 2010, Tjekero Tweya, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, introduced the Industrial Property Bill in the Namibian Parliament for floor action. The bill is intended to replace the fragmented legislation currently in place The State Council promulgated amended Regulations of the People's Republic of China (PRC) on Customs Protection of Intellectual Property Rights on March 24, 2010. The revisions affect articles 11, 23, 24, 27, and 28 of the On February 11, 2010, the Supreme Court of Iceland upheld an injunction imposed in November 2007 against Istorrent (www.torrent.is), the country's largest torrent (file-sharing) website, and its operator, Svavar Landuacute;thersson, and ordered Istorrent to pay On February 26, 2010, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) amended the Copyright Law of the People's Republic of China (PRC), to take effect on April 1, 2010. (Decision of the NPC Standing On February 4, 2010, in what is being called a "landmark judgment" that has possible international ramifications, the Federal Court of Australia ruled against a number of major Hollywood film studios in finding that an Internet On December 18, 2009, the Paris Tribunal de Grande Instance (Court of General Competence) ruled that Google has infringed French copyright law by digitalizing and publishing online excerpts of French books without the authorization of the At the European Union level, the debate about a single European patent system has been going on for the last 20 years without any result, mainly because the EU Members, due to political considerations, have been A U.S. federal appellate court has upheld a jury verdict awarding copyright infringement damages to owners of the rights to George Clinton's 1982 classic, "Atomic Dog," against a hip-hop group that used samples of that song It was reported on November 6, 2009, that the Ugandan Trade Ministry, at the request of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, had proposed a counterfeit goods bill, which, if passed into law, will ban trading in goods Mininova, a "torrent" site (one whose links allow for the transfer of large files) in the Netherlands that has been accused by an entertainment industry representative of facilitating downloading without copyright holders' consent by providing links On August 12, 2009, a World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) panel issued a report on the dispute between the United States and the People's Republic of China over trading rights and distribution services... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 27 Aug 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401525_text Global Legal Monitor: China: Judicial Interpretation on Well-Known Trademarks http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401311_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On February 16, 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered an important judgment on the illegal downloading of songs by Internet users. The ECJ held that online social network sites cannot be forced to adopt France's Law 2012-287, of March 1, 2012, on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books, was published in France's official gazette of March 2, 2012. (LOI nanddeg; 2012-287 du 1er mars 2012 relative andagrave; st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On January 26, 2012, the European Union and 22 of its member countries signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial pact designed to tighten international controls It was reported on December 1, 2011, that China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the European Union's European Patent Office (EPO) had signed an agreement on the use of Chinese-English machine-translations for patents, "in an On October 18, 2011, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) adopted a landmark decision in the case of Oliver Brustle v. Greenpeace e.V. and held that a process that involves the removal of a stem cell On April 14, 2011, the New Zealand parliament passed the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, New Regime for Section 92a Copyright Infringements (Apr. 14, 2011) [Press Release 1]; see On February 28, 2011, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a list of over 30 "notorious" Internet and physical sites that violate intellectual property rights. The "Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets" list On February 25, 2011, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee adopted a law on intangible cultural heritage (ICH) designed to preserve traditions considered to have historic, literary, artistic, or scientific value, including those traditions of the The Supreme Court of Japan decided in two recent cases that two kinds of services that enabled overseas Japanese to watch TV programs broadcast in Japan were illegal, because they infringed on the copyright of broadcasters On January 3, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Patent Law 5727-1967. Prior to its amendment, the Law required the publication of various announcements, including patent registration requests and approvals, in the On October 6, 2010, a draft text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was made public, after three years and 11 rounds of negotiations. The current negotiating parties are Australia, Canada, the European Union (including all On October 18, 2010, the General Office of China's State Council issued a notice requiring central government ministries and commissions and local governments to use genuine and authorized computer software. (Guo Ban Fa [2010] No. 47 France's newly independent administrative authority, the High Authority for the Distribution of Works and the Protection of Rights on the Internet (Haute Autorit; pour la diffusion des oeuvres et la protection des droits sur internet, HADOPI), On September 8, 2010, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) launched the Special Judicial Police Squad to more effectively crack down on counterfeit goods, so-called "knockoffs," and trademark offenders. While proud of its fourth ranking in On May 31, 2010, the Government of Israel deposited with the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol Concerning the International Registration of Marks (Protocol) (Protocol A discussion paper made public on August 24, 2010, by India's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), under the Commerce and Industry Ministry, seeks public comment, through September 30, on issues of compulsory licensing (CL) Members of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), at a meeting of the WIPO Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Working Group held on June 14-18, 2010, endorsed nonbinding recommendations to improve the Treaty's functioning that are set The European Union Court of Justice recently considered the issue of resale rights of the works of the painter Salvador Dali. Resale right is an intellectual property right permitting the creator and those entitled under the On February, 22, 2010, Peter Hustinx, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), an independent authority that plays an advisory role to the European Commission, issued an opinion regarding compatibility between the Antiand#8209;Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and On April 6, 2010, Tjekero Tweya, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, introduced the Industrial Property Bill in the Namibian Parliament for floor action. The bill is intended to replace the fragmented legislation currently in place The State Council promulgated amended Regulations of the People's Republic of China (PRC) on Customs Protection of Intellectual Property Rights on March 24, 2010. The revisions affect articles 11, 23, 24, 27, and 28 of the On February 11, 2010, the Supreme Court of Iceland upheld an injunction imposed in November 2007 against Istorrent (www.torrent.is), the country's largest torrent (file-sharing) website, and its operator, Svavar Landuacute;thersson, and ordered Istorrent to pay On February 26, 2010, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) amended the Copyright Law of the People's Republic of China (PRC), to take effect on April 1, 2010. (Decision of the NPC Standing On February 4, 2010, in what is being called a "landmark judgment" that has possible international ramifications, the Federal Court of Australia ruled against a number of major Hollywood film studios in finding that an Internet On December 18, 2009, the Paris Tribunal de Grande Instance (Court of General Competence) ruled that Google has infringed French copyright law by digitalizing and publishing online excerpts of French books without the authorization of the At the European Union level, the debate about a single European patent system has been going on for the last 20 years without any result, mainly because the EU Members, due to political considerations, have been A U.S. federal appellate court has upheld a jury verdict awarding copyright infringement damages to owners of the rights to George Clinton's 1982 classic, "Atomic Dog," against a hip-hop group that used samples of that song It was reported on November 6, 2009, that the Ugandan Trade Ministry, at the request of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, had proposed a counterfeit goods bill, which, if passed into law, will ban trading in goods Mininova, a "torrent" site (one whose links allow for the transfer of large files) in the Netherlands that has been accused by an entertainment industry representative of facilitating downloading without copyright holders' consent by providing links On August 12, 2009, a World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) panel issued a report on the dispute between the United States and the People's Republic of China over trading rights and distribution services On April 23, 2009, China's Supreme People's Court issued the Interpretation on Several Issues Concerning the Application of Laws in Hearing Civil Cases Involving Protection of Renowned Trademarks [hereinafter Interpretation]. It became effective on May 1,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Mon, 01 Jun 2009 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401311_text Global Legal Monitor: China: Major Amendment of Patent Law http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401059_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On February 16, 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered an important judgment on the illegal downloading of songs by Internet users. The ECJ held that online social network sites cannot be forced to adopt France's Law 2012-287, of March 1, 2012, on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books, was published in France's official gazette of March 2, 2012. (LOI nanddeg; 2012-287 du 1er mars 2012 relative andagrave; st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On January 26, 2012, the European Union and 22 of its member countries signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial pact designed to tighten international controls It was reported on December 1, 2011, that China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the European Union's European Patent Office (EPO) had signed an agreement on the use of Chinese-English machine-translations for patents, "in an On October 18, 2011, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) adopted a landmark decision in the case of Oliver Brustle v. Greenpeace e.V. and held that a process that involves the removal of a stem cell On April 14, 2011, the New Zealand parliament passed the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, New Regime for Section 92a Copyright Infringements (Apr. 14, 2011) [Press Release 1]; see On February 28, 2011, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a list of over 30 "notorious" Internet and physical sites that violate intellectual property rights. The "Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets" list On February 25, 2011, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee adopted a law on intangible cultural heritage (ICH) designed to preserve traditions considered to have historic, literary, artistic, or scientific value, including those traditions of the The Supreme Court of Japan decided in two recent cases that two kinds of services that enabled overseas Japanese to watch TV programs broadcast in Japan were illegal, because they infringed on the copyright of broadcasters On January 3, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Patent Law 5727-1967. Prior to its amendment, the Law required the publication of various announcements, including patent registration requests and approvals, in the On October 6, 2010, a draft text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was made public, after three years and 11 rounds of negotiations. The current negotiating parties are Australia, Canada, the European Union (including all On October 18, 2010, the General Office of China's State Council issued a notice requiring central government ministries and commissions and local governments to use genuine and authorized computer software. (Guo Ban Fa [2010] No. 47 France's newly independent administrative authority, the High Authority for the Distribution of Works and the Protection of Rights on the Internet (Haute Autorit; pour la diffusion des oeuvres et la protection des droits sur internet, HADOPI), On September 8, 2010, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) launched the Special Judicial Police Squad to more effectively crack down on counterfeit goods, so-called "knockoffs," and trademark offenders. While proud of its fourth ranking in On May 31, 2010, the Government of Israel deposited with the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol Concerning the International Registration of Marks (Protocol) (Protocol A discussion paper made public on August 24, 2010, by India's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), under the Commerce and Industry Ministry, seeks public comment, through September 30, on issues of compulsory licensing (CL) Members of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), at a meeting of the WIPO Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Working Group held on June 14-18, 2010, endorsed nonbinding recommendations to improve the Treaty's functioning that are set The European Union Court of Justice recently considered the issue of resale rights of the works of the painter Salvador Dali. Resale right is an intellectual property right permitting the creator and those entitled under the On February, 22, 2010, Peter Hustinx, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), an independent authority that plays an advisory role to the European Commission, issued an opinion regarding compatibility between the Antiand#8209;Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and On April 6, 2010, Tjekero Tweya, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, introduced the Industrial Property Bill in the Namibian Parliament for floor action. The bill is intended to replace the fragmented legislation currently in place The State Council promulgated amended Regulations of the People's Republic of China (PRC) on Customs Protection of Intellectual Property Rights on March 24, 2010. The revisions affect articles 11, 23, 24, 27, and 28 of the On February 11, 2010, the Supreme Court of Iceland upheld an injunction imposed in November 2007 against Istorrent (www.torrent.is), the country's largest torrent (file-sharing) website, and its operator, Svavar Landuacute;thersson, and ordered Istorrent to pay On February 26, 2010, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) amended the Copyright Law of the People's Republic of China (PRC), to take effect on April 1, 2010. (Decision of the NPC Standing On February 4, 2010, in what is being called a "landmark judgment" that has possible international ramifications, the Federal Court of Australia ruled against a number of major Hollywood film studios in finding that an Internet On December 18, 2009, the Paris Tribunal de Grande Instance (Court of General Competence) ruled that Google has infringed French copyright law by digitalizing and publishing online excerpts of French books without the authorization of the At the European Union level, the debate about a single European patent system has been going on for the last 20 years without any result, mainly because the EU Members, due to political considerations, have been A U.S. federal appellate court has upheld a jury verdict awarding copyright infringement damages to owners of the rights to George Clinton's 1982 classic, "Atomic Dog," against a hip-hop group that used samples of that song It was reported on November 6, 2009, that the Ugandan Trade Ministry, at the request of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, had proposed a counterfeit goods bill, which, if passed into law, will ban trading in goods Mininova, a "torrent" site (one whose links allow for the transfer of large files) in the Netherlands that has been accused by an entertainment industry representative of facilitating downloading without copyright holders' consent by providing links On August 12, 2009, a World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) panel issued a report on the dispute between the United States and the People's Republic of China over trading rights and distribution services On April 23, 2009, China's Supreme People's Court issued the Interpretation on Several Issues Concerning the Application of Laws in Hearing Civil Cases Involving Protection of Renowned Trademarks [hereinafter Interpretation]. It became effective on May 1, On December 27, 2008, the Decision of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on Amending the Patent Law of the People's Republic of China (PRC) was adopted; it enters into effect on October 1,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 27 Feb 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401059_text Global Legal Monitor: South Africa: Law on Intellectual Property Resulting from Publicly Funded Research http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401010_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On February 16, 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered an important judgment on the illegal downloading of songs by Internet users. The ECJ held that online social network sites cannot be forced to adopt France's Law 2012-287, of March 1, 2012, on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books, was published in France's official gazette of March 2, 2012. (LOI nanddeg; 2012-287 du 1er mars 2012 relative andagrave; st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On January 26, 2012, the European Union and 22 of its member countries signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial pact designed to tighten international controls It was reported on December 1, 2011, that China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the European Union's European Patent Office (EPO) had signed an agreement on the use of Chinese-English machine-translations for patents, "in an On October 18, 2011, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) adopted a landmark decision in the case of Oliver Brustle v. Greenpeace e.V. and held that a process that involves the removal of a stem cell On April 14, 2011, the New Zealand parliament passed the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, New Regime for Section 92a Copyright Infringements (Apr. 14, 2011) [Press Release 1]; see On February 28, 2011, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a list of over 30 "notorious" Internet and physical sites that violate intellectual property rights. The "Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets" list On February 25, 2011, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee adopted a law on intangible cultural heritage (ICH) designed to preserve traditions considered to have historic, literary, artistic, or scientific value, including those traditions of the The Supreme Court of Japan decided in two recent cases that two kinds of services that enabled overseas Japanese to watch TV programs broadcast in Japan were illegal, because they infringed on the copyright of broadcasters On January 3, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Patent Law 5727-1967. Prior to its amendment, the Law required the publication of various announcements, including patent registration requests and approvals, in the On October 6, 2010, a draft text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was made public, after three years and 11 rounds of negotiations. The current negotiating parties are Australia, Canada, the European Union (including all On October 18, 2010, the General Office of China's State Council issued a notice requiring central government ministries and commissions and local governments to use genuine and authorized computer software. (Guo Ban Fa [2010] No. 47 France's newly independent administrative authority, the High Authority for the Distribution of Works and the Protection of Rights on the Internet (Haute Autorit; pour la diffusion des oeuvres et la protection des droits sur internet, HADOPI), On September 8, 2010, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) launched the Special Judicial Police Squad to more effectively crack down on counterfeit goods, so-called "knockoffs," and trademark offenders. While proud of its fourth ranking in On May 31, 2010, the Government of Israel deposited with the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol Concerning the International Registration of Marks (Protocol) (Protocol A discussion paper made public on August 24, 2010, by India's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), under the Commerce and Industry Ministry, seeks public comment, through September 30, on issues of compulsory licensing (CL) Members of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), at a meeting of the WIPO Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Working Group held on June 14-18, 2010, endorsed nonbinding recommendations to improve the Treaty's functioning that are set The European Union Court of Justice recently considered the issue of resale rights of the works of the painter Salvador Dali. Resale right is an intellectual property right permitting the creator and those entitled under the On February, 22, 2010, Peter Hustinx, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), an independent authority that plays an advisory role to the European Commission, issued an opinion regarding compatibility between the Antiand#8209;Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and On April 6, 2010, Tjekero Tweya, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, introduced the Industrial Property Bill in the Namibian Parliament for floor action. The bill is intended to replace the fragmented legislation currently in place The State Council promulgated amended Regulations of the People's Republic of China (PRC) on Customs Protection of Intellectual Property Rights on March 24, 2010. The revisions affect articles 11, 23, 24, 27, and 28 of the On February 11, 2010, the Supreme Court of Iceland upheld an injunction imposed in November 2007 against Istorrent (www.torrent.is), the country's largest torrent (file-sharing) website, and its operator, Svavar Landuacute;thersson, and ordered Istorrent to pay On February 26, 2010, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) amended the Copyright Law of the People's Republic of China (PRC), to take effect on April 1, 2010. (Decision of the NPC Standing On February 4, 2010, in what is being called a "landmark judgment" that has possible international ramifications, the Federal Court of Australia ruled against a number of major Hollywood film studios in finding that an Internet On December 18, 2009, the Paris Tribunal de Grande Instance (Court of General Competence) ruled that Google has infringed French copyright law by digitalizing and publishing online excerpts of French books without the authorization of the At the European Union level, the debate about a single European patent system has been going on for the last 20 years without any result, mainly because the EU Members, due to political considerations, have been A U.S. federal appellate court has upheld a jury verdict awarding copyright infringement damages to owners of the rights to George Clinton's 1982 classic, "Atomic Dog," against a hip-hop group that used samples of that song It was reported on November 6, 2009, that the Ugandan Trade Ministry, at the request of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, had proposed a counterfeit goods bill, which, if passed into law, will ban trading in goods Mininova, a "torrent" site (one whose links allow for the transfer of large files) in the Netherlands that has been accused by an entertainment industry representative of facilitating downloading without copyright holders' consent by providing links On August 12, 2009, a World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) panel issued a report on the dispute between the United States and the People's Republic of China over trading rights and distribution services On April 23, 2009, China's Supreme People's Court issued the Interpretation on Several Issues Concerning the Application of Laws in Hearing Civil Cases Involving Protection of Renowned Trademarks [hereinafter Interpretation]. It became effective on May 1, On December 27, 2008, the Decision of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on Amending the Patent Law of the People's Republic of China (PRC) was adopted; it enters into effect on October 1, It was reported on January 19, 2009, that a bill seeking to ensure effective use of intellectual property resulting from publicly financed research, the Intellectual Property Rights from Publicly Financed Research (IPR) Act, was signed into... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 13 Feb 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205401010_text Global Legal Monitor: World Trade Organization: Dispute Panel Finds for U.S. in Aspects of Dispute with China over Intellectual Property Issues http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540979_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On February 16, 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered an important judgment on the illegal downloading of songs by Internet users. The ECJ held that online social network sites cannot be forced to adopt France's Law 2012-287, of March 1, 2012, on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books, was published in France's official gazette of March 2, 2012. (LOI nanddeg; 2012-287 du 1er mars 2012 relative andagrave; st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On January 26, 2012, the European Union and 22 of its member countries signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial pact designed to tighten international controls It was reported on December 1, 2011, that China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the European Union's European Patent Office (EPO) had signed an agreement on the use of Chinese-English machine-translations for patents, "in an On October 18, 2011, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) adopted a landmark decision in the case of Oliver Brustle v. Greenpeace e.V. and held that a process that involves the removal of a stem cell On April 14, 2011, the New Zealand parliament passed the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, New Regime for Section 92a Copyright Infringements (Apr. 14, 2011) [Press Release 1]; see On February 28, 2011, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a list of over 30 "notorious" Internet and physical sites that violate intellectual property rights. The "Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets" list On February 25, 2011, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee adopted a law on intangible cultural heritage (ICH) designed to preserve traditions considered to have historic, literary, artistic, or scientific value, including those traditions of the The Supreme Court of Japan decided in two recent cases that two kinds of services that enabled overseas Japanese to watch TV programs broadcast in Japan were illegal, because they infringed on the copyright of broadcasters On January 3, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Patent Law 5727-1967. Prior to its amendment, the Law required the publication of various announcements, including patent registration requests and approvals, in the On October 6, 2010, a draft text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was made public, after three years and 11 rounds of negotiations. The current negotiating parties are Australia, Canada, the European Union (including all On October 18, 2010, the General Office of China's State Council issued a notice requiring central government ministries and commissions and local governments to use genuine and authorized computer software. (Guo Ban Fa [2010] No. 47 France's newly independent administrative authority, the High Authority for the Distribution of Works and the Protection of Rights on the Internet (Haute Autorit; pour la diffusion des oeuvres et la protection des droits sur internet, HADOPI), On September 8, 2010, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) launched the Special Judicial Police Squad to more effectively crack down on counterfeit goods, so-called "knockoffs," and trademark offenders. While proud of its fourth ranking in On May 31, 2010, the Government of Israel deposited with the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol Concerning the International Registration of Marks (Protocol) (Protocol A discussion paper made public on August 24, 2010, by India's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), under the Commerce and Industry Ministry, seeks public comment, through September 30, on issues of compulsory licensing (CL) Members of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), at a meeting of the WIPO Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Working Group held on June 14-18, 2010, endorsed nonbinding recommendations to improve the Treaty's functioning that are set The European Union Court of Justice recently considered the issue of resale rights of the works of the painter Salvador Dali. Resale right is an intellectual property right permitting the creator and those entitled under the On February, 22, 2010, Peter Hustinx, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), an independent authority that plays an advisory role to the European Commission, issued an opinion regarding compatibility between the Antiand#8209;Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and On April 6, 2010, Tjekero Tweya, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, introduced the Industrial Property Bill in the Namibian Parliament for floor action. The bill is intended to replace the fragmented legislation currently in place The State Council promulgated amended Regulations of the People's Republic of China (PRC) on Customs Protection of Intellectual Property Rights on March 24, 2010. The revisions affect articles 11, 23, 24, 27, and 28 of the On February 11, 2010, the Supreme Court of Iceland upheld an injunction imposed in November 2007 against Istorrent (www.torrent.is), the country's largest torrent (file-sharing) website, and its operator, Svavar Landuacute;thersson, and ordered Istorrent to pay On February 26, 2010, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) amended the Copyright Law of the People's Republic of China (PRC), to take effect on April 1, 2010. (Decision of the NPC Standing On February 4, 2010, in what is being called a "landmark judgment" that has possible international ramifications, the Federal Court of Australia ruled against a number of major Hollywood film studios in finding that an Internet On December 18, 2009, the Paris Tribunal de Grande Instance (Court of General Competence) ruled that Google has infringed French copyright law by digitalizing and publishing online excerpts of French books without the authorization of the At the European Union level, the debate about a single European patent system has been going on for the last 20 years without any result, mainly because the EU Members, due to political considerations, have been A U.S. federal appellate court has upheld a jury verdict awarding copyright infringement damages to owners of the rights to George Clinton's 1982 classic, "Atomic Dog," against a hip-hop group that used samples of that song It was reported on November 6, 2009, that the Ugandan Trade Ministry, at the request of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, had proposed a counterfeit goods bill, which, if passed into law, will ban trading in goods Mininova, a "torrent" site (one whose links allow for the transfer of large files) in the Netherlands that has been accused by an entertainment industry representative of facilitating downloading without copyright holders' consent by providing links On August 12, 2009, a World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) panel issued a report on the dispute between the United States and the People's Republic of China over trading rights and distribution services On April 23, 2009, China's Supreme People's Court issued the Interpretation on Several Issues Concerning the Application of Laws in Hearing Civil Cases Involving Protection of Renowned Trademarks [hereinafter Interpretation]. It became effective on May 1, On December 27, 2008, the Decision of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on Amending the Patent Law of the People's Republic of China (PRC) was adopted; it enters into effect on October 1, It was reported on January 19, 2009, that a bill seeking to ensure effective use of intellectual property resulting from publicly financed research, the Intellectual Property Rights from Publicly Financed Research (IPR) Act, was signed into On January 26, 2009, a dispute settlement panel of the World Trade Organization (WTO) found for the United States "that large parts of China's intellectual property scheme are inconsistent with its obligations under several international treaties,... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 03 Feb 2009 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540979_text Global Legal Monitor: United Nations: Trademark Treaty http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540894_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On February 16, 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered an important judgment on the illegal downloading of songs by Internet users. The ECJ held that online social network sites cannot be forced to adopt France's Law 2012-287, of March 1, 2012, on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books, was published in France's official gazette of March 2, 2012. (LOI nanddeg; 2012-287 du 1er mars 2012 relative andagrave; st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On January 26, 2012, the European Union and 22 of its member countries signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial pact designed to tighten international controls It was reported on December 1, 2011, that China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the European Union's European Patent Office (EPO) had signed an agreement on the use of Chinese-English machine-translations for patents, "in an On October 18, 2011, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) adopted a landmark decision in the case of Oliver Brustle v. Greenpeace e.V. and held that a process that involves the removal of a stem cell On April 14, 2011, the New Zealand parliament passed the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, New Regime for Section 92a Copyright Infringements (Apr. 14, 2011) [Press Release 1]; see On February 28, 2011, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a list of over 30 "notorious" Internet and physical sites that violate intellectual property rights. The "Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets" list On February 25, 2011, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee adopted a law on intangible cultural heritage (ICH) designed to preserve traditions considered to have historic, literary, artistic, or scientific value, including those traditions of the The Supreme Court of Japan decided in two recent cases that two kinds of services that enabled overseas Japanese to watch TV programs broadcast in Japan were illegal, because they infringed on the copyright of broadcasters On January 3, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Patent Law 5727-1967. Prior to its amendment, the Law required the publication of various announcements, including patent registration requests and approvals, in the On October 6, 2010, a draft text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was made public, after three years and 11 rounds of negotiations. The current negotiating parties are Australia, Canada, the European Union (including all On October 18, 2010, the General Office of China's State Council issued a notice requiring central government ministries and commissions and local governments to use genuine and authorized computer software. (Guo Ban Fa [2010] No. 47 France's newly independent administrative authority, the High Authority for the Distribution of Works and the Protection of Rights on the Internet (Haute Autorit; pour la diffusion des oeuvres et la protection des droits sur internet, HADOPI), On September 8, 2010, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) launched the Special Judicial Police Squad to more effectively crack down on counterfeit goods, so-called "knockoffs," and trademark offenders. While proud of its fourth ranking in On May 31, 2010, the Government of Israel deposited with the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol Concerning the International Registration of Marks (Protocol) (Protocol A discussion paper made public on August 24, 2010, by India's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), under the Commerce and Industry Ministry, seeks public comment, through September 30, on issues of compulsory licensing (CL) Members of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), at a meeting of the WIPO Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Working Group held on June 14-18, 2010, endorsed nonbinding recommendations to improve the Treaty's functioning that are set The European Union Court of Justice recently considered the issue of resale rights of the works of the painter Salvador Dali. Resale right is an intellectual property right permitting the creator and those entitled under the On February, 22, 2010, Peter Hustinx, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), an independent authority that plays an advisory role to the European Commission, issued an opinion regarding compatibility between the Antiand#8209;Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and On April 6, 2010, Tjekero Tweya, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, introduced the Industrial Property Bill in the Namibian Parliament for floor action. The bill is intended to replace the fragmented legislation currently in place The State Council promulgated amended Regulations of the People's Republic of China (PRC) on Customs Protection of Intellectual Property Rights on March 24, 2010. The revisions affect articles 11, 23, 24, 27, and 28 of the On February 11, 2010, the Supreme Court of Iceland upheld an injunction imposed in November 2007 against Istorrent (www.torrent.is), the country's largest torrent (file-sharing) website, and its operator, Svavar Landuacute;thersson, and ordered Istorrent to pay On February 26, 2010, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) amended the Copyright Law of the People's Republic of China (PRC), to take effect on April 1, 2010. (Decision of the NPC Standing On February 4, 2010, in what is being called a "landmark judgment" that has possible international ramifications, the Federal Court of Australia ruled against a number of major Hollywood film studios in finding that an Internet On December 18, 2009, the Paris Tribunal de Grande Instance (Court of General Competence) ruled that Google has infringed French copyright law by digitalizing and publishing online excerpts of French books without the authorization of the At the European Union level, the debate about a single European patent system has been going on for the last 20 years without any result, mainly because the EU Members, due to political considerations, have been A U.S. federal appellate court has upheld a jury verdict awarding copyright infringement damages to owners of the rights to George Clinton's 1982 classic, "Atomic Dog," against a hip-hop group that used samples of that song It was reported on November 6, 2009, that the Ugandan Trade Ministry, at the request of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, had proposed a counterfeit goods bill, which, if passed into law, will ban trading in goods Mininova, a "torrent" site (one whose links allow for the transfer of large files) in the Netherlands that has been accused by an entertainment industry representative of facilitating downloading without copyright holders' consent by providing links On August 12, 2009, a World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) panel issued a report on the dispute between the United States and the People's Republic of China over trading rights and distribution services On April 23, 2009, China's Supreme People's Court issued the Interpretation on Several Issues Concerning the Application of Laws in Hearing Civil Cases Involving Protection of Renowned Trademarks [hereinafter Interpretation]. It became effective on May 1, On December 27, 2008, the Decision of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on Amending the Patent Law of the People's Republic of China (PRC) was adopted; it enters into effect on October 1, It was reported on January 19, 2009, that a bill seeking to ensure effective use of intellectual property resulting from publicly financed research, the Intellectual Property Rights from Publicly Financed Research (IPR) Act, was signed into On January 26, 2009, a dispute settlement panel of the World Trade Organization (WTO) found for the United States "that large parts of China's intellectual property scheme are inconsistent with its obligations under several international treaties, The Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks, a United Nations-sponsored agreement, will become effective on March 16, 2009. It was adopted by the members of the U.N. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in March 2006... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 30 Dec 2008 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540894_text Global Legal Monitor: United States: Federal Appeals Court Clarifies Test for Business Method Patents http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540777_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On February 16, 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered an important judgment on the illegal downloading of songs by Internet users. The ECJ held that online social network sites cannot be forced to adopt France's Law 2012-287, of March 1, 2012, on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books, was published in France's official gazette of March 2, 2012. (LOI nanddeg; 2012-287 du 1er mars 2012 relative andagrave; st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On January 26, 2012, the European Union and 22 of its member countries signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial pact designed to tighten international controls It was reported on December 1, 2011, that China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the European Union's European Patent Office (EPO) had signed an agreement on the use of Chinese-English machine-translations for patents, "in an On October 18, 2011, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) adopted a landmark decision in the case of Oliver Brustle v. Greenpeace e.V. and held that a process that involves the removal of a stem cell On April 14, 2011, the New Zealand parliament passed the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, New Regime for Section 92a Copyright Infringements (Apr. 14, 2011) [Press Release 1]; see On February 28, 2011, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a list of over 30 "notorious" Internet and physical sites that violate intellectual property rights. The "Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets" list On February 25, 2011, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee adopted a law on intangible cultural heritage (ICH) designed to preserve traditions considered to have historic, literary, artistic, or scientific value, including those traditions of the The Supreme Court of Japan decided in two recent cases that two kinds of services that enabled overseas Japanese to watch TV programs broadcast in Japan were illegal, because they infringed on the copyright of broadcasters On January 3, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Patent Law 5727-1967. Prior to its amendment, the Law required the publication of various announcements, including patent registration requests and approvals, in the On October 6, 2010, a draft text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was made public, after three years and 11 rounds of negotiations. The current negotiating parties are Australia, Canada, the European Union (including all On October 18, 2010, the General Office of China's State Council issued a notice requiring central government ministries and commissions and local governments to use genuine and authorized computer software. (Guo Ban Fa [2010] No. 47 France's newly independent administrative authority, the High Authority for the Distribution of Works and the Protection of Rights on the Internet (Haute Autorit; pour la diffusion des oeuvres et la protection des droits sur internet, HADOPI), On September 8, 2010, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) launched the Special Judicial Police Squad to more effectively crack down on counterfeit goods, so-called "knockoffs," and trademark offenders. While proud of its fourth ranking in On May 31, 2010, the Government of Israel deposited with the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol Concerning the International Registration of Marks (Protocol) (Protocol A discussion paper made public on August 24, 2010, by India's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), under the Commerce and Industry Ministry, seeks public comment, through September 30, on issues of compulsory licensing (CL) Members of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), at a meeting of the WIPO Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Working Group held on June 14-18, 2010, endorsed nonbinding recommendations to improve the Treaty's functioning that are set The European Union Court of Justice recently considered the issue of resale rights of the works of the painter Salvador Dali. Resale right is an intellectual property right permitting the creator and those entitled under the On February, 22, 2010, Peter Hustinx, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), an independent authority that plays an advisory role to the European Commission, issued an opinion regarding compatibility between the Antiand#8209;Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and On April 6, 2010, Tjekero Tweya, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, introduced the Industrial Property Bill in the Namibian Parliament for floor action. The bill is intended to replace the fragmented legislation currently in place The State Council promulgated amended Regulations of the People's Republic of China (PRC) on Customs Protection of Intellectual Property Rights on March 24, 2010. The revisions affect articles 11, 23, 24, 27, and 28 of the On February 11, 2010, the Supreme Court of Iceland upheld an injunction imposed in November 2007 against Istorrent (www.torrent.is), the country's largest torrent (file-sharing) website, and its operator, Svavar Landuacute;thersson, and ordered Istorrent to pay On February 26, 2010, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) amended the Copyright Law of the People's Republic of China (PRC), to take effect on April 1, 2010. (Decision of the NPC Standing On February 4, 2010, in what is being called a "landmark judgment" that has possible international ramifications, the Federal Court of Australia ruled against a number of major Hollywood film studios in finding that an Internet On December 18, 2009, the Paris Tribunal de Grande Instance (Court of General Competence) ruled that Google has infringed French copyright law by digitalizing and publishing online excerpts of French books without the authorization of the At the European Union level, the debate about a single European patent system has been going on for the last 20 years without any result, mainly because the EU Members, due to political considerations, have been A U.S. federal appellate court has upheld a jury verdict awarding copyright infringement damages to owners of the rights to George Clinton's 1982 classic, "Atomic Dog," against a hip-hop group that used samples of that song It was reported on November 6, 2009, that the Ugandan Trade Ministry, at the request of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, had proposed a counterfeit goods bill, which, if passed into law, will ban trading in goods Mininova, a "torrent" site (one whose links allow for the transfer of large files) in the Netherlands that has been accused by an entertainment industry representative of facilitating downloading without copyright holders' consent by providing links On August 12, 2009, a World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) panel issued a report on the dispute between the United States and the People's Republic of China over trading rights and distribution services On April 23, 2009, China's Supreme People's Court issued the Interpretation on Several Issues Concerning the Application of Laws in Hearing Civil Cases Involving Protection of Renowned Trademarks [hereinafter Interpretation]. It became effective on May 1, On December 27, 2008, the Decision of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on Amending the Patent Law of the People's Republic of China (PRC) was adopted; it enters into effect on October 1, It was reported on January 19, 2009, that a bill seeking to ensure effective use of intellectual property resulting from publicly financed research, the Intellectual Property Rights from Publicly Financed Research (IPR) Act, was signed into On January 26, 2009, a dispute settlement panel of the World Trade Organization (WTO) found for the United States "that large parts of China's intellectual property scheme are inconsistent with its obligations under several international treaties, The Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks, a United Nations-sponsored agreement, will become effective on March 16, 2009. It was adopted by the members of the U.N. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in March 2006 On October 30, 2008, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit clarified the test for determining if a business method is eligible for patent protection. Section 101 of the U.S. Patent Code provides... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 18 Nov 2008 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540777_text Global Legal Monitor: United States: Google Settles Class Action Lawsuit Over Book Search Project http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540778_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On February 16, 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered an important judgment on the illegal downloading of songs by Internet users. The ECJ held that online social network sites cannot be forced to adopt France's Law 2012-287, of March 1, 2012, on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books, was published in France's official gazette of March 2, 2012. (LOI nanddeg; 2012-287 du 1er mars 2012 relative andagrave; st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On January 26, 2012, the European Union and 22 of its member countries signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial pact designed to tighten international controls It was reported on December 1, 2011, that China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the European Union's European Patent Office (EPO) had signed an agreement on the use of Chinese-English machine-translations for patents, "in an On October 18, 2011, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) adopted a landmark decision in the case of Oliver Brustle v. Greenpeace e.V. and held that a process that involves the removal of a stem cell On April 14, 2011, the New Zealand parliament passed the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, New Regime for Section 92a Copyright Infringements (Apr. 14, 2011) [Press Release 1]; see On February 28, 2011, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a list of over 30 "notorious" Internet and physical sites that violate intellectual property rights. The "Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets" list On February 25, 2011, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee adopted a law on intangible cultural heritage (ICH) designed to preserve traditions considered to have historic, literary, artistic, or scientific value, including those traditions of the The Supreme Court of Japan decided in two recent cases that two kinds of services that enabled overseas Japanese to watch TV programs broadcast in Japan were illegal, because they infringed on the copyright of broadcasters On January 3, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Patent Law 5727-1967. Prior to its amendment, the Law required the publication of various announcements, including patent registration requests and approvals, in the On October 6, 2010, a draft text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was made public, after three years and 11 rounds of negotiations. The current negotiating parties are Australia, Canada, the European Union (including all On October 18, 2010, the General Office of China's State Council issued a notice requiring central government ministries and commissions and local governments to use genuine and authorized computer software. (Guo Ban Fa [2010] No. 47 France's newly independent administrative authority, the High Authority for the Distribution of Works and the Protection of Rights on the Internet (Haute Autorit; pour la diffusion des oeuvres et la protection des droits sur internet, HADOPI), On September 8, 2010, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) launched the Special Judicial Police Squad to more effectively crack down on counterfeit goods, so-called "knockoffs," and trademark offenders. While proud of its fourth ranking in On May 31, 2010, the Government of Israel deposited with the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol Concerning the International Registration of Marks (Protocol) (Protocol A discussion paper made public on August 24, 2010, by India's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), under the Commerce and Industry Ministry, seeks public comment, through September 30, on issues of compulsory licensing (CL) Members of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), at a meeting of the WIPO Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Working Group held on June 14-18, 2010, endorsed nonbinding recommendations to improve the Treaty's functioning that are set The European Union Court of Justice recently considered the issue of resale rights of the works of the painter Salvador Dali. Resale right is an intellectual property right permitting the creator and those entitled under the On February, 22, 2010, Peter Hustinx, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), an independent authority that plays an advisory role to the European Commission, issued an opinion regarding compatibility between the Antiand#8209;Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and On April 6, 2010, Tjekero Tweya, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, introduced the Industrial Property Bill in the Namibian Parliament for floor action. The bill is intended to replace the fragmented legislation currently in place The State Council promulgated amended Regulations of the People's Republic of China (PRC) on Customs Protection of Intellectual Property Rights on March 24, 2010. The revisions affect articles 11, 23, 24, 27, and 28 of the On February 11, 2010, the Supreme Court of Iceland upheld an injunction imposed in November 2007 against Istorrent (www.torrent.is), the country's largest torrent (file-sharing) website, and its operator, Svavar Landuacute;thersson, and ordered Istorrent to pay On February 26, 2010, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) amended the Copyright Law of the People's Republic of China (PRC), to take effect on April 1, 2010. (Decision of the NPC Standing On February 4, 2010, in what is being called a "landmark judgment" that has possible international ramifications, the Federal Court of Australia ruled against a number of major Hollywood film studios in finding that an Internet On December 18, 2009, the Paris Tribunal de Grande Instance (Court of General Competence) ruled that Google has infringed French copyright law by digitalizing and publishing online excerpts of French books without the authorization of the At the European Union level, the debate about a single European patent system has been going on for the last 20 years without any result, mainly because the EU Members, due to political considerations, have been A U.S. federal appellate court has upheld a jury verdict awarding copyright infringement damages to owners of the rights to George Clinton's 1982 classic, "Atomic Dog," against a hip-hop group that used samples of that song It was reported on November 6, 2009, that the Ugandan Trade Ministry, at the request of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, had proposed a counterfeit goods bill, which, if passed into law, will ban trading in goods Mininova, a "torrent" site (one whose links allow for the transfer of large files) in the Netherlands that has been accused by an entertainment industry representative of facilitating downloading without copyright holders' consent by providing links On August 12, 2009, a World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) panel issued a report on the dispute between the United States and the People's Republic of China over trading rights and distribution services On April 23, 2009, China's Supreme People's Court issued the Interpretation on Several Issues Concerning the Application of Laws in Hearing Civil Cases Involving Protection of Renowned Trademarks [hereinafter Interpretation]. It became effective on May 1, On December 27, 2008, the Decision of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on Amending the Patent Law of the People's Republic of China (PRC) was adopted; it enters into effect on October 1, It was reported on January 19, 2009, that a bill seeking to ensure effective use of intellectual property resulting from publicly financed research, the Intellectual Property Rights from Publicly Financed Research (IPR) Act, was signed into On January 26, 2009, a dispute settlement panel of the World Trade Organization (WTO) found for the United States "that large parts of China's intellectual property scheme are inconsistent with its obligations under several international treaties, The Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks, a United Nations-sponsored agreement, will become effective on March 16, 2009. It was adopted by the members of the U.N. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in March 2006 On October 30, 2008, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit clarified the test for determining if a business method is eligible for patent protection. Section 101 of the U.S. Patent Code provides On October 28, 2008,Google Inc. announced it has reached a proposed settlement of a class action lawsuit filed against it by a group of authors and publishers alleging that the Google Book Search Project violated their... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Tue, 18 Nov 2008 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540778_text Global Legal Monitor: Germany: Act Adopted to Improve Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540629_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On February 16, 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered an important judgment on the illegal downloading of songs by Internet users. The ECJ held that online social network sites cannot be forced to adopt France's Law 2012-287, of March 1, 2012, on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books, was published in France's official gazette of March 2, 2012. (LOI nanddeg; 2012-287 du 1er mars 2012 relative andagrave; st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On January 26, 2012, the European Union and 22 of its member countries signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial pact designed to tighten international controls It was reported on December 1, 2011, that China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the European Union's European Patent Office (EPO) had signed an agreement on the use of Chinese-English machine-translations for patents, "in an On October 18, 2011, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) adopted a landmark decision in the case of Oliver Brustle v. Greenpeace e.V. and held that a process that involves the removal of a stem cell On April 14, 2011, the New Zealand parliament passed the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, New Regime for Section 92a Copyright Infringements (Apr. 14, 2011) [Press Release 1]; see On February 28, 2011, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a list of over 30 "notorious" Internet and physical sites that violate intellectual property rights. The "Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets" list On February 25, 2011, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee adopted a law on intangible cultural heritage (ICH) designed to preserve traditions considered to have historic, literary, artistic, or scientific value, including those traditions of the The Supreme Court of Japan decided in two recent cases that two kinds of services that enabled overseas Japanese to watch TV programs broadcast in Japan were illegal, because they infringed on the copyright of broadcasters On January 3, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Patent Law 5727-1967. Prior to its amendment, the Law required the publication of various announcements, including patent registration requests and approvals, in the On October 6, 2010, a draft text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was made public, after three years and 11 rounds of negotiations. The current negotiating parties are Australia, Canada, the European Union (including all On October 18, 2010, the General Office of China's State Council issued a notice requiring central government ministries and commissions and local governments to use genuine and authorized computer software. (Guo Ban Fa [2010] No. 47 France's newly independent administrative authority, the High Authority for the Distribution of Works and the Protection of Rights on the Internet (Haute Autorit; pour la diffusion des oeuvres et la protection des droits sur internet, HADOPI), On September 8, 2010, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) launched the Special Judicial Police Squad to more effectively crack down on counterfeit goods, so-called "knockoffs," and trademark offenders. While proud of its fourth ranking in On May 31, 2010, the Government of Israel deposited with the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol Concerning the International Registration of Marks (Protocol) (Protocol A discussion paper made public on August 24, 2010, by India's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), under the Commerce and Industry Ministry, seeks public comment, through September 30, on issues of compulsory licensing (CL) Members of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), at a meeting of the WIPO Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Working Group held on June 14-18, 2010, endorsed nonbinding recommendations to improve the Treaty's functioning that are set The European Union Court of Justice recently considered the issue of resale rights of the works of the painter Salvador Dali. Resale right is an intellectual property right permitting the creator and those entitled under the On February, 22, 2010, Peter Hustinx, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), an independent authority that plays an advisory role to the European Commission, issued an opinion regarding compatibility between the Antiand#8209;Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and On April 6, 2010, Tjekero Tweya, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, introduced the Industrial Property Bill in the Namibian Parliament for floor action. The bill is intended to replace the fragmented legislation currently in place The State Council promulgated amended Regulations of the People's Republic of China (PRC) on Customs Protection of Intellectual Property Rights on March 24, 2010. The revisions affect articles 11, 23, 24, 27, and 28 of the On February 11, 2010, the Supreme Court of Iceland upheld an injunction imposed in November 2007 against Istorrent (www.torrent.is), the country's largest torrent (file-sharing) website, and its operator, Svavar Landuacute;thersson, and ordered Istorrent to pay On February 26, 2010, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) amended the Copyright Law of the People's Republic of China (PRC), to take effect on April 1, 2010. (Decision of the NPC Standing On February 4, 2010, in what is being called a "landmark judgment" that has possible international ramifications, the Federal Court of Australia ruled against a number of major Hollywood film studios in finding that an Internet On December 18, 2009, the Paris Tribunal de Grande Instance (Court of General Competence) ruled that Google has infringed French copyright law by digitalizing and publishing online excerpts of French books without the authorization of the At the European Union level, the debate about a single European patent system has been going on for the last 20 years without any result, mainly because the EU Members, due to political considerations, have been A U.S. federal appellate court has upheld a jury verdict awarding copyright infringement damages to owners of the rights to George Clinton's 1982 classic, "Atomic Dog," against a hip-hop group that used samples of that song It was reported on November 6, 2009, that the Ugandan Trade Ministry, at the request of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, had proposed a counterfeit goods bill, which, if passed into law, will ban trading in goods Mininova, a "torrent" site (one whose links allow for the transfer of large files) in the Netherlands that has been accused by an entertainment industry representative of facilitating downloading without copyright holders' consent by providing links On August 12, 2009, a World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) panel issued a report on the dispute between the United States and the People's Republic of China over trading rights and distribution services On April 23, 2009, China's Supreme People's Court issued the Interpretation on Several Issues Concerning the Application of Laws in Hearing Civil Cases Involving Protection of Renowned Trademarks [hereinafter Interpretation]. It became effective on May 1, On December 27, 2008, the Decision of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on Amending the Patent Law of the People's Republic of China (PRC) was adopted; it enters into effect on October 1, It was reported on January 19, 2009, that a bill seeking to ensure effective use of intellectual property resulting from publicly financed research, the Intellectual Property Rights from Publicly Financed Research (IPR) Act, was signed into On January 26, 2009, a dispute settlement panel of the World Trade Organization (WTO) found for the United States "that large parts of China's intellectual property scheme are inconsistent with its obligations under several international treaties, The Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks, a United Nations-sponsored agreement, will become effective on March 16, 2009. It was adopted by the members of the U.N. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in March 2006 On October 30, 2008, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit clarified the test for determining if a business method is eligible for patent protection. Section 101 of the U.S. Patent Code provides On October 28, 2008,Google Inc. announced it has reached a proposed settlement of a class action lawsuit filed against it by a group of authors and publishers alleging that the Google Book Search Project violated their On July 7, 2008, the German legislature adopted the Act on Improving the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (Gesetz, Bundesgesetzblatt (BGBl) 2008 I at 1191), which transposes the European Union Enforcement Directive (Directive 2004/48/EC of the... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Thu, 04 Sep 2008 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540629_text Global Legal Monitor: Saint Tome (Sao Tome) and Principe: Accession to Patent Cooperation Treaty http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540448_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On February 16, 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered an important judgment on the illegal downloading of songs by Internet users. The ECJ held that online social network sites cannot be forced to adopt France's Law 2012-287, of March 1, 2012, on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books, was published in France's official gazette of March 2, 2012. (LOI nanddeg; 2012-287 du 1er mars 2012 relative andagrave; st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On January 26, 2012, the European Union and 22 of its member countries signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial pact designed to tighten international controls It was reported on December 1, 2011, that China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the European Union's European Patent Office (EPO) had signed an agreement on the use of Chinese-English machine-translations for patents, "in an On October 18, 2011, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) adopted a landmark decision in the case of Oliver Brustle v. Greenpeace e.V. and held that a process that involves the removal of a stem cell On April 14, 2011, the New Zealand parliament passed the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, New Regime for Section 92a Copyright Infringements (Apr. 14, 2011) [Press Release 1]; see On February 28, 2011, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a list of over 30 "notorious" Internet and physical sites that violate intellectual property rights. The "Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets" list On February 25, 2011, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee adopted a law on intangible cultural heritage (ICH) designed to preserve traditions considered to have historic, literary, artistic, or scientific value, including those traditions of the The Supreme Court of Japan decided in two recent cases that two kinds of services that enabled overseas Japanese to watch TV programs broadcast in Japan were illegal, because they infringed on the copyright of broadcasters On January 3, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Patent Law 5727-1967. Prior to its amendment, the Law required the publication of various announcements, including patent registration requests and approvals, in the On October 6, 2010, a draft text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was made public, after three years and 11 rounds of negotiations. The current negotiating parties are Australia, Canada, the European Union (including all On October 18, 2010, the General Office of China's State Council issued a notice requiring central government ministries and commissions and local governments to use genuine and authorized computer software. (Guo Ban Fa [2010] No. 47 France's newly independent administrative authority, the High Authority for the Distribution of Works and the Protection of Rights on the Internet (Haute Autorit; pour la diffusion des oeuvres et la protection des droits sur internet, HADOPI), On September 8, 2010, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) launched the Special Judicial Police Squad to more effectively crack down on counterfeit goods, so-called "knockoffs," and trademark offenders. While proud of its fourth ranking in On May 31, 2010, the Government of Israel deposited with the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol Concerning the International Registration of Marks (Protocol) (Protocol A discussion paper made public on August 24, 2010, by India's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), under the Commerce and Industry Ministry, seeks public comment, through September 30, on issues of compulsory licensing (CL) Members of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), at a meeting of the WIPO Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Working Group held on June 14-18, 2010, endorsed nonbinding recommendations to improve the Treaty's functioning that are set The European Union Court of Justice recently considered the issue of resale rights of the works of the painter Salvador Dali. Resale right is an intellectual property right permitting the creator and those entitled under the On February, 22, 2010, Peter Hustinx, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), an independent authority that plays an advisory role to the European Commission, issued an opinion regarding compatibility between the Antiand#8209;Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and On April 6, 2010, Tjekero Tweya, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, introduced the Industrial Property Bill in the Namibian Parliament for floor action. The bill is intended to replace the fragmented legislation currently in place The State Council promulgated amended Regulations of the People's Republic of China (PRC) on Customs Protection of Intellectual Property Rights on March 24, 2010. The revisions affect articles 11, 23, 24, 27, and 28 of the On February 11, 2010, the Supreme Court of Iceland upheld an injunction imposed in November 2007 against Istorrent (www.torrent.is), the country's largest torrent (file-sharing) website, and its operator, Svavar Landuacute;thersson, and ordered Istorrent to pay On February 26, 2010, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) amended the Copyright Law of the People's Republic of China (PRC), to take effect on April 1, 2010. (Decision of the NPC Standing On February 4, 2010, in what is being called a "landmark judgment" that has possible international ramifications, the Federal Court of Australia ruled against a number of major Hollywood film studios in finding that an Internet On December 18, 2009, the Paris Tribunal de Grande Instance (Court of General Competence) ruled that Google has infringed French copyright law by digitalizing and publishing online excerpts of French books without the authorization of the At the European Union level, the debate about a single European patent system has been going on for the last 20 years without any result, mainly because the EU Members, due to political considerations, have been A U.S. federal appellate court has upheld a jury verdict awarding copyright infringement damages to owners of the rights to George Clinton's 1982 classic, "Atomic Dog," against a hip-hop group that used samples of that song It was reported on November 6, 2009, that the Ugandan Trade Ministry, at the request of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, had proposed a counterfeit goods bill, which, if passed into law, will ban trading in goods Mininova, a "torrent" site (one whose links allow for the transfer of large files) in the Netherlands that has been accused by an entertainment industry representative of facilitating downloading without copyright holders' consent by providing links On August 12, 2009, a World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) panel issued a report on the dispute between the United States and the People's Republic of China over trading rights and distribution services On April 23, 2009, China's Supreme People's Court issued the Interpretation on Several Issues Concerning the Application of Laws in Hearing Civil Cases Involving Protection of Renowned Trademarks [hereinafter Interpretation]. It became effective on May 1, On December 27, 2008, the Decision of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on Amending the Patent Law of the People's Republic of China (PRC) was adopted; it enters into effect on October 1, It was reported on January 19, 2009, that a bill seeking to ensure effective use of intellectual property resulting from publicly financed research, the Intellectual Property Rights from Publicly Financed Research (IPR) Act, was signed into On January 26, 2009, a dispute settlement panel of the World Trade Organization (WTO) found for the United States "that large parts of China's intellectual property scheme are inconsistent with its obligations under several international treaties, The Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks, a United Nations-sponsored agreement, will become effective on March 16, 2009. It was adopted by the members of the U.N. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in March 2006 On October 30, 2008, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit clarified the test for determining if a business method is eligible for patent protection. Section 101 of the U.S. Patent Code provides On October 28, 2008,Google Inc. announced it has reached a proposed settlement of a class action lawsuit filed against it by a group of authors and publishers alleging that the Google Book Search Project violated their On July 7, 2008, the German legislature adopted the Act on Improving the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (Gesetz, Bundesgesetzblatt (BGBl) 2008 I at 1191), which transposes the European Union Enforcement Directive (Directive 2004/48/EC of the On April 18, 2008, the United Nations Intellectual Property Agency announced that Sao Tome and Principe acceded to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), a pact designed to stimulate innovation and promote economic activity worldwide. According to... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Fri, 02 May 2008 12:00:00 EDT http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l20540448_text Global Legal Monitor: France: Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l2054091_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On February 16, 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered an important judgment on the illegal downloading of songs by Internet users. The ECJ held that online social network sites cannot be forced to adopt France's Law 2012-287, of March 1, 2012, on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books, was published in France's official gazette of March 2, 2012. (LOI nanddeg; 2012-287 du 1er mars 2012 relative andagrave; st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On January 26, 2012, the European Union and 22 of its member countries signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial pact designed to tighten international controls It was reported on December 1, 2011, that China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the European Union's European Patent Office (EPO) had signed an agreement on the use of Chinese-English machine-translations for patents, "in an On October 18, 2011, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) adopted a landmark decision in the case of Oliver Brustle v. Greenpeace e.V. and held that a process that involves the removal of a stem cell On April 14, 2011, the New Zealand parliament passed the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, New Regime for Section 92a Copyright Infringements (Apr. 14, 2011) [Press Release 1]; see On February 28, 2011, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a list of over 30 "notorious" Internet and physical sites that violate intellectual property rights. The "Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets" list On February 25, 2011, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee adopted a law on intangible cultural heritage (ICH) designed to preserve traditions considered to have historic, literary, artistic, or scientific value, including those traditions of the The Supreme Court of Japan decided in two recent cases that two kinds of services that enabled overseas Japanese to watch TV programs broadcast in Japan were illegal, because they infringed on the copyright of broadcasters On January 3, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Patent Law 5727-1967. Prior to its amendment, the Law required the publication of various announcements, including patent registration requests and approvals, in the On October 6, 2010, a draft text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was made public, after three years and 11 rounds of negotiations. The current negotiating parties are Australia, Canada, the European Union (including all On October 18, 2010, the General Office of China's State Council issued a notice requiring central government ministries and commissions and local governments to use genuine and authorized computer software. (Guo Ban Fa [2010] No. 47 France's newly independent administrative authority, the High Authority for the Distribution of Works and the Protection of Rights on the Internet (Haute Autorit; pour la diffusion des oeuvres et la protection des droits sur internet, HADOPI), On September 8, 2010, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) launched the Special Judicial Police Squad to more effectively crack down on counterfeit goods, so-called "knockoffs," and trademark offenders. While proud of its fourth ranking in On May 31, 2010, the Government of Israel deposited with the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol Concerning the International Registration of Marks (Protocol) (Protocol A discussion paper made public on August 24, 2010, by India's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), under the Commerce and Industry Ministry, seeks public comment, through September 30, on issues of compulsory licensing (CL) Members of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), at a meeting of the WIPO Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Working Group held on June 14-18, 2010, endorsed nonbinding recommendations to improve the Treaty's functioning that are set The European Union Court of Justice recently considered the issue of resale rights of the works of the painter Salvador Dali. Resale right is an intellectual property right permitting the creator and those entitled under the On February, 22, 2010, Peter Hustinx, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), an independent authority that plays an advisory role to the European Commission, issued an opinion regarding compatibility between the Antiand#8209;Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and On April 6, 2010, Tjekero Tweya, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, introduced the Industrial Property Bill in the Namibian Parliament for floor action. The bill is intended to replace the fragmented legislation currently in place The State Council promulgated amended Regulations of the People's Republic of China (PRC) on Customs Protection of Intellectual Property Rights on March 24, 2010. The revisions affect articles 11, 23, 24, 27, and 28 of the On February 11, 2010, the Supreme Court of Iceland upheld an injunction imposed in November 2007 against Istorrent (www.torrent.is), the country's largest torrent (file-sharing) website, and its operator, Svavar Landuacute;thersson, and ordered Istorrent to pay On February 26, 2010, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) amended the Copyright Law of the People's Republic of China (PRC), to take effect on April 1, 2010. (Decision of the NPC Standing On February 4, 2010, in what is being called a "landmark judgment" that has possible international ramifications, the Federal Court of Australia ruled against a number of major Hollywood film studios in finding that an Internet On December 18, 2009, the Paris Tribunal de Grande Instance (Court of General Competence) ruled that Google has infringed French copyright law by digitalizing and publishing online excerpts of French books without the authorization of the At the European Union level, the debate about a single European patent system has been going on for the last 20 years without any result, mainly because the EU Members, due to political considerations, have been A U.S. federal appellate court has upheld a jury verdict awarding copyright infringement damages to owners of the rights to George Clinton's 1982 classic, "Atomic Dog," against a hip-hop group that used samples of that song It was reported on November 6, 2009, that the Ugandan Trade Ministry, at the request of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, had proposed a counterfeit goods bill, which, if passed into law, will ban trading in goods Mininova, a "torrent" site (one whose links allow for the transfer of large files) in the Netherlands that has been accused by an entertainment industry representative of facilitating downloading without copyright holders' consent by providing links On August 12, 2009, a World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) panel issued a report on the dispute between the United States and the People's Republic of China over trading rights and distribution services On April 23, 2009, China's Supreme People's Court issued the Interpretation on Several Issues Concerning the Application of Laws in Hearing Civil Cases Involving Protection of Renowned Trademarks [hereinafter Interpretation]. It became effective on May 1, On December 27, 2008, the Decision of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on Amending the Patent Law of the People's Republic of China (PRC) was adopted; it enters into effect on October 1, It was reported on January 19, 2009, that a bill seeking to ensure effective use of intellectual property resulting from publicly financed research, the Intellectual Property Rights from Publicly Financed Research (IPR) Act, was signed into On January 26, 2009, a dispute settlement panel of the World Trade Organization (WTO) found for the United States "that large parts of China's intellectual property scheme are inconsistent with its obligations under several international treaties, The Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks, a United Nations-sponsored agreement, will become effective on March 16, 2009. It was adopted by the members of the U.N. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in March 2006 On October 30, 2008, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit clarified the test for determining if a business method is eligible for patent protection. Section 101 of the U.S. Patent Code provides On October 28, 2008,Google Inc. announced it has reached a proposed settlement of a class action lawsuit filed against it by a group of authors and publishers alleging that the Google Book Search Project violated their On July 7, 2008, the German legislature adopted the Act on Improving the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (Gesetz, Bundesgesetzblatt (BGBl) 2008 I at 1191), which transposes the European Union Enforcement Directive (Directive 2004/48/EC of the On April 18, 2008, the United Nations Intellectual Property Agency announced that Sao Tome and Principe acceded to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), a pact designed to stimulate innovation and promote economic activity worldwide. According to France's Law 2007-1544 of October 29, 2007, on the Fight Against Infringement implements Directive 2004/48EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April, 2004, on the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights. The Directive... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Sun, 02 Dec 2007 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l2054091_text Global Legal Monitor: Israel: New Copyright Law http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l2054092_text Intellectual property - 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 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 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 On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. (Randal Jackson, Patents Bill Passes into Law, On February 11, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands gave notice that it has published for Internet consultation a draft legislative proposal on On December 20, 2012, the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament) adopted a motion rejecting a ban on illegal downloading of electronic material and passed instead a measure to broaden the scope of copyright-related fees imposed on electronic On January 1, 2013, the Patent Act of the Republic of China (on Taiwan), which was promulgated on December 21, 2011, will come into force. The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) was quoted as saying that On December 11, 2012, the European Union, after several unsuccessful attempts over a period of 30 years, finally succeeded in creating an EU-wide patent, following the European Parliament's approval of a three-part package of legislative measures It was reported on July 31, 2012, that Djibouti's new Industrial Property Law, adopted in 2009, had finally come into effect, on June 9, 2012, and that Although previously the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration (last visited Aug. 13, 2012) permitted a Finnish man to trademark the "smiley" emoticon, consisting of a colon and parenthesis :), the Supreme Administrative Court On July 12, 2012, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, ruled that a search engine that systematically sends users, by automatically suggesting key words associated with their queries, to websites The Guangdong Higher People's Court announced earlier this month that Apple and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. have settled their dispute over the rights to the iPad trademark in mainland China, with Apple paying Proview US$60 million. On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament (EP) voted against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had been negotiated between the European Union, its Member States, and other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, On June 11, 2012, Google and the French Soci;t; des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) announced that they had signed an agreement that ends a lawsuit on copyright infringement begun against Google in 2006. The primary mission On April 22, 2012, China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued draft provisions for public consultation, available on its website, concerning Internet copyright infringement. The 20-article provisions provide a judicial interpretation of what constitutes such infringement. (Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is permitted under international treaties such as the World Health Organization's On April 4, 2012, the European Commission referred the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for an opinion on the legality and compatibility of ACTA with certain fundamental rights. The rights Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the "Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement" (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports On February 16, 2012, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered an important judgment on the illegal downloading of songs by Internet users. The ECJ held that online social network sites cannot be forced to adopt France's Law 2012-287, of March 1, 2012, on the Digital Exploitation of 20th Century Unavailable Books, was published in France's official gazette of March 2, 2012. (LOI nanddeg; 2012-287 du 1er mars 2012 relative andagrave; st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } On January 26, 2012, the European Union and 22 of its member countries signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial pact designed to tighten international controls It was reported on December 1, 2011, that China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the European Union's European Patent Office (EPO) had signed an agreement on the use of Chinese-English machine-translations for patents, "in an On October 18, 2011, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) adopted a landmark decision in the case of Oliver Brustle v. Greenpeace e.V. and held that a process that involves the removal of a stem cell On April 14, 2011, the New Zealand parliament passed the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, New Regime for Section 92a Copyright Infringements (Apr. 14, 2011) [Press Release 1]; see On February 28, 2011, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a list of over 30 "notorious" Internet and physical sites that violate intellectual property rights. The "Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets" list On February 25, 2011, China's National People's Congress Standing Committee adopted a law on intangible cultural heritage (ICH) designed to preserve traditions considered to have historic, literary, artistic, or scientific value, including those traditions of the The Supreme Court of Japan decided in two recent cases that two kinds of services that enabled overseas Japanese to watch TV programs broadcast in Japan were illegal, because they infringed on the copyright of broadcasters On January 3, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Patent Law 5727-1967. Prior to its amendment, the Law required the publication of various announcements, including patent registration requests and approvals, in the On October 6, 2010, a draft text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was made public, after three years and 11 rounds of negotiations. The current negotiating parties are Australia, Canada, the European Union (including all On October 18, 2010, the General Office of China's State Council issued a notice requiring central government ministries and commissions and local governments to use genuine and authorized computer software. (Guo Ban Fa [2010] No. 47 France's newly independent administrative authority, the High Authority for the Distribution of Works and the Protection of Rights on the Internet (Haute Autorit; pour la diffusion des oeuvres et la protection des droits sur internet, HADOPI), On September 8, 2010, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) launched the Special Judicial Police Squad to more effectively crack down on counterfeit goods, so-called "knockoffs," and trademark offenders. While proud of its fourth ranking in On May 31, 2010, the Government of Israel deposited with the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol Concerning the International Registration of Marks (Protocol) (Protocol A discussion paper made public on August 24, 2010, by India's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), under the Commerce and Industry Ministry, seeks public comment, through September 30, on issues of compulsory licensing (CL) Members of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), at a meeting of the WIPO Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Working Group held on June 14-18, 2010, endorsed nonbinding recommendations to improve the Treaty's functioning that are set The European Union Court of Justice recently considered the issue of resale rights of the works of the painter Salvador Dali. Resale right is an intellectual property right permitting the creator and those entitled under the On February, 22, 2010, Peter Hustinx, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), an independent authority that plays an advisory role to the European Commission, issued an opinion regarding compatibility between the Antiand#8209;Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and On April 6, 2010, Tjekero Tweya, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, introduced the Industrial Property Bill in the Namibian Parliament for floor action. The bill is intended to replace the fragmented legislation currently in place The State Council promulgated amended Regulations of the People's Republic of China (PRC) on Customs Protection of Intellectual Property Rights on March 24, 2010. The revisions affect articles 11, 23, 24, 27, and 28 of the On February 11, 2010, the Supreme Court of Iceland upheld an injunction imposed in November 2007 against Istorrent (www.torrent.is), the country's largest torrent (file-sharing) website, and its operator, Svavar Landuacute;thersson, and ordered Istorrent to pay On February 26, 2010, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) amended the Copyright Law of the People's Republic of China (PRC), to take effect on April 1, 2010. (Decision of the NPC Standing On February 4, 2010, in what is being called a "landmark judgment" that has possible international ramifications, the Federal Court of Australia ruled against a number of major Hollywood film studios in finding that an Internet On December 18, 2009, the Paris Tribunal de Grande Instance (Court of General Competence) ruled that Google has infringed French copyright law by digitalizing and publishing online excerpts of French books without the authorization of the At the European Union level, the debate about a single European patent system has been going on for the last 20 years without any result, mainly because the EU Members, due to political considerations, have been A U.S. federal appellate court has upheld a jury verdict awarding copyright infringement damages to owners of the rights to George Clinton's 1982 classic, "Atomic Dog," against a hip-hop group that used samples of that song It was reported on November 6, 2009, that the Ugandan Trade Ministry, at the request of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, had proposed a counterfeit goods bill, which, if passed into law, will ban trading in goods Mininova, a "torrent" site (one whose links allow for the transfer of large files) in the Netherlands that has been accused by an entertainment industry representative of facilitating downloading without copyright holders' consent by providing links On August 12, 2009, a World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) panel issued a report on the dispute between the United States and the People's Republic of China over trading rights and distribution services On April 23, 2009, China's Supreme People's Court issued the Interpretation on Several Issues Concerning the Application of Laws in Hearing Civil Cases Involving Protection of Renowned Trademarks [hereinafter Interpretation]. It became effective on May 1, On December 27, 2008, the Decision of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on Amending the Patent Law of the People's Republic of China (PRC) was adopted; it enters into effect on October 1, It was reported on January 19, 2009, that a bill seeking to ensure effective use of intellectual property resulting from publicly financed research, the Intellectual Property Rights from Publicly Financed Research (IPR) Act, was signed into On January 26, 2009, a dispute settlement panel of the World Trade Organization (WTO) found for the United States "that large parts of China's intellectual property scheme are inconsistent with its obligations under several international treaties, The Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks, a United Nations-sponsored agreement, will become effective on March 16, 2009. It was adopted by the members of the U.N. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in March 2006 On October 30, 2008, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit clarified the test for determining if a business method is eligible for patent protection. Section 101 of the U.S. Patent Code provides On October 28, 2008,Google Inc. announced it has reached a proposed settlement of a class action lawsuit filed against it by a group of authors and publishers alleging that the Google Book Search Project violated their On July 7, 2008, the German legislature adopted the Act on Improving the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (Gesetz, Bundesgesetzblatt (BGBl) 2008 I at 1191), which transposes the European Union Enforcement Directive (Directive 2004/48/EC of the On April 18, 2008, the United Nations Intellectual Property Agency announced that Sao Tome and Principe acceded to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), a pact designed to stimulate innovation and promote economic activity worldwide. According to France's Law 2007-1544 of October 29, 2007, on the Fight Against Infringement implements Directive 2004/48EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April, 2004, on the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights. The Directive On November 19, 2007, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Copyright Law, 5768-2007. This Law replaces the British Copyright Law of 1911 and the Mandate Ordinance of 1924. The 2007 Law will become effective six months... The Global Legal Monitor from the Law Library of Congress covers legal news and developments worldwide. Sun, 02 Dec 2007 12:00:00 EST http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l2054092_text