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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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Interview With Catherine Chammartin, Director General Of The Swiss Federal Institute Of Intellectual Property

Catherine Chammartin is the Director of the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI). A former specialist in international tax policy, she took office at IPI in November 2015. In an exclusive interview with Intellectual Property Watch's Catherine Saez, she explained the priorities of the office under her leadership, and the office's contribution to the success of Switzerland's innovation record.

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Syria
October 2017

Syria recently announced a decision No. 2133 effective as from 15 Oct, 2017, to increase the official fees for all intellectual property matters, including trademarks and industrial designs.

According to the decision, they amended the costs for the publication fees related to the current

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Egypt
March 2017

The Egyptian Patent Office issued a decision to increase the official fees for substantive examination.

The decree was effective retroactively as of 13, February 2017.

The official fees will be reviewed annually in accordance with the US Dollar currency exchange variations.

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Saudi Arabia
February 2017

An increase in the official publication fees for trademark recordals in Saudi Arabia has come into force starting 19 February, 2017. Even though this change doesn’t affect the publication fees for registration and renewal of trademarks for foreign applicants, it does affect the official

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Qatar
February 2017

As part of Qatari’s efforts in advancing its Intellectual Property. Starting 12 Feb, 2017, Trademarks applications can be filed under classes

42, 43, 44, 45 which were used to be filed only up to class 42.

No process is currently available that allows the amendment of previously

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