Posts Tagged ‘intellectual property’

Grasping at straws: the trouble with “The Trouble with the TPP”, a further reply to Michael Geist

April 17th, 2016

I recently had the privilege of speaking about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) at the Fordham 24th Annual Intellectual Property Law and Policy Conference, a stellar international IP conference. The other speakers on my panel were Probir Mehta (lead U.S. negotiator of the IP portion of the TPP), Pedro Velasco Martins (lead EU negotiator of the IP portion of the TTIP), and Daren Tang (lead Singapore negotiator of the IP portion of the TPP). The title of the panel was “Examination of TPP & TTIP”. My talk focused on how the IP provisions of the TPP are being inaccurately depicted to the public.

CD Howe rejects IP criticisms of TPP and CETA

March 3rd, 2016

The C.D. Howe Institute released a report earlier today, National Priorities 2016: At the Global Crossroads: Canada’s Trade Priorities for 2016, authored by Daniel Schwanen. One of the key recommendations is to boost market access for Canadian producers by ratifying the CETA and the TPP.

The report also touches briefly on two key intellectual property issues associated with the treaties, pharmaceutical patents and copyright. On these issues, the report stated the following:

Patents seek to encourage innovation by providing firms or individuals a monopoly over new and useful products for a limited period of time before competitors are allowed to offer their own versions.

Intellectual property and the TPP: my Bloomberg TV interview

February 5th, 2016

I was interviewed by Bloomberg TV yesterday on the topic of fears expressed over the intellectual property portions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. My interview on the TPP can be accessed below. For more detail, you can see my ope-ed in the Financial Post Why Canada has nothing to fear over TPP and Intellectual Property and my more detailed analysis of the IP and e-commerce provisions here.

 

Why Canada has nothing to fear over TPP and Intellectual Property – my op-ed in the FP

January 7th, 2016

This is a copy of my op-ed published in the Financial Post. As the article notes, the views expressed are further elaborated on my blog. See, TPP and trade secrets: a wonderful idea and TPP, copyright, e-commerce and digital policy: a reply to Michael Geist.

The intellectual property chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been misunderstood and attacked by several commentators, and the public is understandably confused. Much has been misinterpreted by those who oppose the TPP, or at least its intellectual property (IP) provisions.

IP and the digital economy in the Federal Budget

February 11th, 2014

The Minister of Finance tabled the Government of Canada’s budget earlier today. Titled, The Road to Balance: Creating Jobs and Opportunities, the budget contained a few proposed plans related to intellectual property and the digital economy.

The Economic Action Plan proposes to modernize Canada’s intellectual property framework “to better align it with international practices.” These plans which had previoulsy been announced were described as follows:

Canada’s existing framework for protecting intellectual property is not aligned with international practices, creating unnecessary costs for our innovative businesses. Harmonizing Canada’s intellectual property regime with international norms will help Canada’s innovative businesses access international markets, lower costs and draw foreign investment to Canada by reducing the regulatory burden and red tape faced by businesses.

U.S. Federal Circuit Bar Association IP conference coming to Toronto

September 10th, 2013

The U.S. Federal Circuit Bar Association is holding an IP conference in Toronto on September 17, 2013. The conference title is Trade, Intellectual Property and Recovering Economies: A Search for Best Practices. 

This unique event, sponsored by the Federal Circuit Bar Association (FCBA), has a fabulous program that includes the following topics:

  • Innovation
  • Patent, Internet and Copyright Litigation
  • International Trade
  • Views from the Courts and the Patent Offices

Some key speakers include the following:

  • Chief Judge Randall R. Rader – United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Computer and Internet Law Weekly Updates for 2013-06-23

June 23rd, 2013

Computer and Internet Law Updates for 2013-06-15

June 15th, 2013

Computer and Internet Law Updates for 2013-06-13

June 13th, 2013

Not So Fast:  French Minsitry Of Culture Hesitates to Transfer Graduated Response Entirely to CSA http://buff.ly/193XIDH

Feedly starts weaning itself from Google Reader servers – still a pity Google is abandoning its customers. http://buff.ly/10bsB8B

Canadian Treasury Board sets new privacy breach notification policy, but only for itself http://buff.ly/12lCDEj

Companies Complying with NSA’s PRISM May Face E.U. Lawsuits | MIT Technology Review http://buff.ly/13AzL4H

Europe warns US: you must respect the privacy of our citizens | World news | The Guardian http://buff.ly/1714OeN

Voice-Activated In-Car Systems Are Called Risky – http://buff.ly/pFWKdl  http://buff.ly/19pqWQ4

Expect more secret surveillance revelations, online privacy expert says http://buff.ly/10brwhb

Computer and Internet Law Updates for 2013-06-11

June 11th, 2013