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USPTO Solicitor/Deputy General Counsel Leaves For DC Law Firm

Nathan Kelley has stepped down from his role as solicitor and deputy general counsel at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to join the Perkins Coie law firm in Washington, DC. Kelley also had served as chief administrative patent judge in charge of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).

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WTO TRIPS Council Agenda: IP Key For New Businesses, Competition Law To Counter Abuses

World Trade Organization intellectual property committee members gather this week for their annual autumn session. On the agenda are now-usual topics looking at intellectual property from two perspectives: IP as an indispensable tool for innovation in particular in the new economy, and IP as a potential threat to access if misused. In addition, India has put forward further questions on goods in transit to the European Union in its directive on custom enforcement of IP rights.

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Inside Views: El mecanismo mundial multilateral de participación en los beneficios: ¿Dónde será el Bretton Woods del Siglo XXI?

Bretton Woods es el nombre de un lugar y también de un sistema. El lugar, Bretton Woods, cuenta con el Hotel Mount Washington y vistas majestuosas de las Montañas Blancas de New Hampshire. El sistema Bretton Woods es el conjunto de normas financieras elaboradas durante una conferencia en dicho hotel que se realizó en julio de 1944 [1]. El sistema creó un orden monetario y permitió la recuperación económica en los años de la posguerra. Para los economistas, Bretton Woods representa al sistema. El éxito del mismo demuestra cómo el pensamiento económico puede penetrar la esfera política y realizar un cambio duradero. John Maynard Keynes, el Darwin de la Economía, encabezó la delegación británica.

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Inside Views: No se trata solo de lo material: “El camino a seguir” para el CDB de la ONU, el PN y Half-Earth (mitad de la Tierra)

¿Es la información “algo” o es “sobre algo”? Esa es esencialmente la pregunta ante la Decimocuarta Conferencia de las Partes (COP) del Convenio de las Naciones Unidas sobre la Diversidad Biológica de 1992 (CBD) que se reunirá del 19 hasta el 27 de noviembre del 2018. La pregunta es de 64 mil millones de dólares. La respuesta podría determinar la modalidad para el “acceso a recursos genéticos“ y una “distribución justa y equitativa de los beneficios” (ABS, por sus siglas en inglés), que es el tercer objetivo plasmado en el CDB. De ser la información transmitida en la vida “algo“ en sí y no “sobre algo”, los beneficios podrían ser mayores por órdenes de magnitud. Dicho de otro modo, los usuarios de recursos genéticos ¿están accediendo a información? o ¿están accediendo a materia, cuyas propiedades están esparcidas entre organismos y jurisdicciones? Si la la respuesta es “información”, se justifica un pago anual de decenas de miles de millones de dólares. En cambio, si la respuesta es “propiedades” justifica las “migajas“que se pagan actualmente.

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UAEM: In ‘Historic” Shift, Universities In Canada Adopt Licensing Promoting Access To Medicines

Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) announced today that University of Calgary and McGill University are joining University of British Columbia in adopting Global Access Licensing Principles. These principles promote public access to publicly-funded medicines and life-saving health technologies developed in universities, according to a UAEM press release [pdf].

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UN International Telecommunication Union Re-Elects Leadership For Another Four Years

Houlin Chao of China has been re-elected secretary-general of the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva, with Malcolm Johnson of the United Kingdom re-elected as deputy secretary-general. Chao ran unopposed and received 176 votes, while Johnson defeated an opponent by garnering 113 votes. And in one of several other posts, ITU hailed the election of the first woman to a leadership position in the agency's 153-year history.

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Group Proposes Regulating Internet Hate Speech Through Decentralisation

French advocacy group La Quadrature du Net has declared recent French government plans to regulate internet hate speech insufficient, and is calling for more in-depth reforms. These could include the promotion of alternative social media platforms and a decentralised approach to regulation, according to an organisation press release.

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Advocates Call For New US Federal Authority On Artificial Intelligence

Public Knowledge, a Washington, DC advocacy group, today released a paper calling for the formation of a new federal government authority to develop expertise and capacity on artificial intelligence (AI), to be able to effectively regulate and govern these technologies in the future.

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Report: Is China Gaining The Inside Track On Standards For “Internet Of Things” Technology?

A new US private sector report asserts that China is gaining the inside track on international standard-setting for “Internet of Things” technology, and offers strategies for the United States to keep competitive in the marketplace by maintaining influence over standard-setting while protecting data security.

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US Perspectives: Lurking In USMCA – IP Provisions With An International Agenda

Donald Trump is no fan of international norms or rules. He’s made this clear on numerous occasions, including during his two speeches at the United Nations. It is surprising, therefore, that one of the few international deals he has made as president – the recently announced treaty replacing NAFTA – contains IP provisions whose main purposes seem to be extending US rules overseas and establishing IP norms for future international agreements.

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