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  • HIGH ROYALTIES’ KEY REASON BEHIND QUALCOMM FINE: NDRC

    The "unfair" and "excessively high" royalties Qualcomm Inc. collected from Chinese smartphone makers were the key factors that led to the historical fine, the National Development and Reform Commission said.

    Qualcomm refused to provide patent list to its customers in China and out-of-date patents were included in the licensing package and charged.  What’s more, Qualcomm added unreasonable conditions in the sale of baseband chips. And these violated the Chinese Anti-Monopoly Law.

    Qualcomm will change its patent fee on two device categories- 3G and 4G devices that don't have WCDMA and CDMA, according to a company statement.

    The gLAWcal Team

    LIBEAC project

    Tuesday, 17 February2015

    (Source: China IP Magazine)

  • BAIDU LOST THE LAWSUIT AGAINST SOGOU BROWSER

    February 4th, 2015, the Beijing Haidian People’s Court delivered a verdict on Bai, Inc. vs. Sougou, Inc.

    Previously, Baidu, Inc. (one of the most famous Chinese web services company) brought a lawsuit before the court suing that Sogou, Inc. (a subsidiary of China’s Internet giant Sohu) conducted unfair competition by “robbing” its data stream for the search service, and asked for the compensation of 1.11 million Yuan.

    The verdict announced that the data stream “robbing” doesn’t exist; however, Sogou, Inc. did conduct unfair competition and shall compensate 200,000 Yuan to Baidu, Inc.

     

    The gLAWcal Team

    LIBEAC project

    Monday, 16 February2015

    (Source: China IP Magazine)

  • THE LATEST BLOOMBERG INNOVATION QUOTIENT RELEASED

    Recently, the Bloomberg Innovation Quotient, a ranking of the world’s most innovative countries published every year, released its latest results for 2014.

    Based on the ranking in six major areas like the R&D, manufacturing and innovation, hi-tech corporation, higher education, personnel for R&D and patent technology, South Korea was measured as the world’s most innovative country, followed by Japan, Germany, Finland, Israel and the U.S.

    China was ranked as No. 22 and Hong Kong was placed as No.34. However, China also attracts significant attention by ranking among top three in the regard of the hi-tech corporation and the patent technology. Other countries among the top five in the above two categories are the U.S., Japan, Korea and Canada.

     

    The gLAWcal Team

    LIBEAC project

    Sunday, 15 February2015

    (Source: China IP Magazine)

  • THE DEMAND BOOM FOR CHINA’S FAKES

    China, the world's largest manufacturer of goods, is by far the largest source of fake goods, reports AMY HE from New York.

    Despite large and more frequent seizures of counterfeit goods, the flow into the United States is increasing. For 2015, the International Chamber of Commerce projected that the value of global trade in counterfeit and pirated goods is $1.77 trillion, according to the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition Inc. (IACC).

    The counterfeit problem started years ago when Western brands made their entrance into China. And now the counterfeit good is flowing back into the western countries.

    Though China has adopted IP laws consistent with international standards, the challenge is enforcement of the laws and setting up effective deterrents that will discourage counterfeiters from committing the crime.

    With the increasing of IP violations, much of the judicial structure in China is overwhelmed by the number of intellectual property cases it sees in court.

     

     

    The gLAWcal Team

    LIBEAC project

    Saturday, 14 February2015

    (Source: China Daily)

  • CHINA’S LKK FIGHTS AGAINST COUNTERFEITS

    LKK, a Beijing-headquartered creative design company, co-held a seminar on the challenges facing China’s creative design industry in Beijing on February 10.

    The seminar, which took place at the Copyright Protection Center of China, focused on LKK’s fancy product — the 55° Cup, an innovative cup that can cool down boiling water to a moderate temperature through its patented physical method.

    However, there were a large number of counterfeits of the Cup’s design look, package and even the trademark. Thus, the seminar was held and experts attending it support LKK’s fight. They also signed up to a campaign about innovative creation titled "I support original Chinese designs".

     

     

    The gLAWcal Team

    LIBEAC project

    Friday, 13 February2015

    (Source: China Daily)

  • CHINA’S ZHONGGUANCUN HOLDS CONFERENCE ON AMERICAN PATENT LAW

    American patent system and issues pertaining to Patent Cooperation Treaty were among the main topics discussed in a three-day conference held in Zhongguancun Science Park in Beijing recently.

    Co-organized by China International Technology Transfer Center and Metis IP LLC, an IP management and patent search firm, the event aimed at analysing the American patent law and enhancing Chinese enterprises' awareness on overseas patent protection. Experts, IP companies, and IP bureau attended the conference. 

     

    The gLAWcal Team

    LIBEAC project

    Thursday, 12 February2015

    (Source: China Daily)

  • CHINA PROTECTS IP OF OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES BID

    Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games Bid Committeereleased a bulletin of IP protection of the Olympic Winter Games Bid logo and emblem.

    According to the bulletin, the logo and emblem are in the scope of protection. The logo is  made up by Chinese art character “冬" and English words “BEIJING 2022” and “Applicant City”; while the emblem is made up by Chinese art character “冬" , English words “BEIJING 2022” and “Applicant City”, and the Olympic rings.

    According to Chinese laws and the rules of International Olympic Committee, anyone who infringes the copyrights of the logo and emblem would be brought to justice by the Bid Committee.

     

    The gLAWcal Team

    LIBEAC project

    Wednesday, 11 February2015

    (Source: IPR in China)

  • CHINA TO SET UP STANDARDIZED IPR SERVICE SYSTEM

    According to the guideline on promoting the establishment of standardized IPR service system, jointly released by State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO), Standardization Administration of China, State Administration for Industry and Commerce of China and National Copyright Administration of China, China will initially establish an effective standardized IPR service system by the 2020.

    According to a representative of SIPO, the standardized IPR service system should mainly involve five tasks, namely, to build a technology organization, to enhance R&D, to foster pilot-programs, to strengthen cultivation of talents and to improve propaganda and implementation.

     

    The gLAWcal Team

    LIBEAC project

    Tuesday, 10 February2015

    (Source: IPR in China)

  • ELECTRONIC EVIDENCE ALLOWED INTO CHINA’S COURTS

    The Supreme People's Court will allow electronic evidence, such as mobile phone messages, e-mails, micro-blogging and online chat records in civil lawsuits, including intellectual property suits.

    Cases involving electronic messages have been on the rise in recent years and tend to be complex. Most of the cases involved marriage, property and debt, housing and labour disputes, as well as intellectual property disputes.

    However, electronic files and information were not previously identified by the courts as evidence, which greatly slowed the trial process and damaged the legitimate rights of the parties. Thus, the recent Amendments to the Civil Procedure Law of PRC will allow electronic files to be used as evidence in civil lawsuits.

     

    The gLAWcal Team

    LIBEAC project

    Thursday, 5 February2015

    (Source: China Daily)

  • REPORT REVEALS WORLD'S INNOVATION TRENDS IN AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY

    Geely is leading Chinese automakers in terms of innovative capacity, according to a report unveiled in late January by the intellectual property and science business of information provider Thomson Reuters.

    The report examined recent patent trends in the automotive field, including companies involved innovation and segments that have grown the fastest, based on data during the past five years.

    The report looked into innovation activities in five broad categories of the automotive industry-propulsion, navigation, handling, safety and entertainment. 

    Findings showed that propulsion attracted more patents than any other technology area. Patents in the safety and security category also increased. Meanwhile, patent activity in the other three categories stayed flat or dipped.

     

    The gLAWcal Team

    LIBEAC project

    Wednesday, 4 February2015

    (Source: China Daily)

  • FAIR TRADE GOLD MINING IN PERU

    Peruvian mines have always had an unenviable reputation because of their environmentally disrespectful practices. Sotrami’s Fair Trade certified gold mine begs to differ.

    Sotrami’s mining company operates in a very poor and arid region in Peru, but fair trade and environmental-friendly practices has helped the region to achieve prosperity. In fact, the Fair Trade movement provides advanced technologies to reduce the negative impacts of the harmful waste products of mining. The company avoids the use of mercury to purify gold, using cyanide to dissolve gold from ore and constantly recycling.

    Sotrami’s mining company, accordingly to Fair Trade principles, destines part of its profits to the community, helping provide water and electricity in an otherwise barren landscape.

    Since Sotrami has received Fair Trade certification from FLO, the international fair trade labelling organisation, its products are considered reliable from various markets, such as Europe and North America. The FLO certification implies a rigorous control over the company’s relations with its workforce, the benefits gained from the entire community, and the impact on the environment.

    The local community grew up as a mining town: most of the people are mineworkers, but Sotrami also engages in helping regional farmers, controlling the use of water and recycling dirty water to irrigate the arid fields. The company would like to see other miners learn from this experience, counteracting the negative view that most governments have of mining practices in Peru.

     

    The gLAWcal Team

    EPSEI project

    Friday, 20 February 2015

    (Source: The Ecologist)

  • UN GLOBAL COMPACT LAUNCHES GUIDE LINES TO CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY

    On 19 January 2015, the UN Global Compact - the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative - released the Guide to Corporate Sustainability: Shaping a Sustainable Future. With this new Guide, Global Compact asks businesses to align to five defining principles of corporate sustainability. 

    Nowadays, companies have to work responsibly to ensure that markets deliver value across society. To be sustainable, companies must do five things:

    Principled Business: sustainability must be founded on respect of fundamental responsibilities in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

    According to point called Strengthening Society, companies know that they cannot succeed if the world around them is struggling. They need to take action to support their society, for poverty, conflict, and resource scarcity affect business.

    Leadership Commitment speaks about participation in the Global Compact as a public commitment by the chief executives and the Board of Directors which is required. Leadership includes prompting action in fundamental areas, such as pushing sustainability into the supply chain, and adjustments to policies and practices.

    Reporting Progress: on an annual basis, Global Compact participant shall deliver a Communication on Progress (COP), reporting their efforts regarding responsible operations and support towards society.

    Local Action: the meaning of responsible business can vary among nations and communities in which companies act. For this reason, Global Compact Local Networks supports its participants in furthering sustainability understanding country by country.

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    The gLAWcal Team

    POREEN project

    Thursday, 19 February 2015

    (Source: UN Global Compact)

  • HOW FAIR TRADE IS MAKING THE DIFFERENCE IN MALAWI

    Fair Trade Foundation, in collaboration with Fair Trade Africa, Malawi Fairtrade Network and The Natural Resource Institute, University of Greenwich, has analysed the results of Fair Trade’s work in Malawi, begun in 1998.

    Malawian small farmers contribute close to 60% of the country’s agricultural GDP. Most of them have to face relevant challenges, such as the lack of necessary resources, technical knowledge and capacity to improve productions. Moreover, the unstable access to markets puts at risk their living standards, causing the impossibility of food security, as well as the access to basic healthcare and social services. Notwithstanding government is continuing to fight these situations, farmers need a strong support to sustain their agrarian economy.

    Today, Fair Trade is collaborating with nine organisations all over the country, building direct farmer-consumer links, helping farmers to enhance their efficiency and providing various facilities, such as fertilisers. A purpose of the Fair Trade is to help more than 20,000 farmers and workers to grow effectively their own tea, coffee, groundnuts and sugar. Fair Trade is also ensuring that these products will have a stable access to markets.

    The study shows that Malawian farmers’ living standards are improving, since Fair Trade started to operate with them. Now many farmers and workers are experiencing a new stability: they are able to pay school fees for their children and to provide enough food for their families. Despite this growth, to have more stable results, farmers need to obtain more from their supply chains, gaining more value from products. The farmers’ organisations studied expressed the desire to increase their autonomy for their patron organisations. An example of this development is the Afri-Nut processing facility that is part-owned by the farmers.

     

    The gLAWcal Team

    LIBEAC project

    Wednesday, 18 February 2015

    (Source: The Guardian)

  • UN SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR COMPANIES’ SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

    2015 represents a historic opportunity to adopt a new sustainable development agenda for the purpose of a global agreement on Climate Change. This is why, on 23 January, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hosted an event “Making 2015 a Historic Year”, with the participation of UN Global Compact.

    During the meeting, chief executives of Global Compact LEAD and several Caring for Climate companies discussed on the opportunity to integrate risks and opportunities related to sustainable development and climate change within their business strategies as a result of the interdependence between societal and company performance.

    The Secretary-General underlined the need for companies to engage in a continuous dialogue with Governments and to support the SDGs. For these purposes, transformational partnerships matching with SDGs will be crucial, as well as financing from private sectors.

     

    The gLAWcal Team

    POREEN project

    Tuesday, 17 February 2015

    (Source: UN Global Compact)

  • 2015: EU COUNCIL PRESIDENCY AIMS AT SUSTAINABILITY

    During Latvia’s EU council presidency in the first six months of 2015, Janis Duklavs, Latvia’s ministry of agriculture, will bring EU attention on long-term agricultural production and future-oriented management of natural resources. Latvian presidency wants EU to promote a sustainable, innovative and environmental-friendly development of agricultural, food and fishery sectors: this will be the way to improve the European Union’s common agricultural policy (CAP).

    ”The guiding principles of our presidency are sustainability, competitiveness and growth”, Duklavs said. These principles will be applied to the whole programme, including agriculture, fishery, food, forestry and animal health. The presidency will also continue to strengthen health and safety standards in the entire agricultural and food production chain. Enhancing competitiveness of the EU’s agricultural production, both in the EU and in global markets, will ensure the sustainability of agriculture, animal and plant health.

    Furthermore, the presidency will work on sustainable and responsible forest management, improving the European model and promoting the forest management model globally. Latvian presidency’s purpose is to support an efficient use of the resources gained through a responsible management.

    Latvian presidency has also organized various events: in February, there will be a meeting at director level on how organic farming and short supply chains will contribute to sustainable development in rural economies. The International federation of organic agriculture movements will participate. In June, the presidency will hold the ninth European organic congress, where non-governmental organizations, the European commission and many decision makers will discuss EU’s propositions for organic farming after 2030.

    Latvia will also be the mediator of the negotiations among the EU member states, representing the EU council in discussions on agriculture at the parliament, the commission and in global institutions.

     

    The gLAWcal Team

    POREEN project

    Monday, 16 February 2015

    (Source: The Parliament Magazine)

  • RULES TO FOLLOW INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY COURTS IN CHINA

    The Supreme People’s Court released the Provisional Regulations of the Supreme People’s Court on Several Issues concerning the Participation of Technical Investigators in Intellectual Property Court Proceedings on 21 January.

    This is China’s first bunch of rules for technical investigators. Before that, there are no rules for technical investigators in the three Intellectual Property Courts put into operation in 2014.

    The technical investigators are introduced into court procedures to help judges resolve technical issues against the backdrop of most judges being only acquainted with legal knowledge and more and more intellectual property cases technically difficult to understand.

    (The full text of the regulations can be found on http://www.chinaipr.gov.cn/newsarticle/news/headlines/201501/1854193_1.html)

     

    The gLAWcal Team

    LIBEAC project

    Tuesday, 3 February2015

    (Source: ip-watch.org)

  • MPAA RENEWS PIRACY BATTLE WITH CHINA'S XUNLEI

    The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has filed civil actions against the popular Google-backed Chinese-language video and music file-sharing firm Xunlei, alleging multiple acts of copyright infringement.

    The MPAA filed the actions on January 19 in the Nanshan District Court in the southern city of Shenzhen, seeking damages, claims for orders to stop the infringing activity, and so on.

    Xunlei operates streaming video and download accelerators, but its pirate links forced it to cancel an IPO back in 2011. Xunlei was also sued in 2008 by the Hollywood studios for film piracy.

     

    The gLAWcal Team

    LIBEAC project

    Monday, 2 February2015

    (Source: The Hollywood Reporter)

  • ALIBABA AND MICROSOFT SIGN IPR PROTECTION DEAL

    An agreement between Alibaba Group and Microsoft (China) is expected to enhance the protection of Microsoft's intellectual property rights (IPR) on the popular e-commerce platforms Taobao Marketplace and Tmall.com.

    Both sides said they will work to raise awareness among consumers about the threats posed by counterfeit and unlicensed software to their information security, privacy and personal data.

    Under the agreement, Taobao and Tmall will remove product listings suspected of offering counterfeit or unlicensed Microsoft products. And the cooperation between the two sides is going deeper and deeper.

     

    The gLAWcal Team

    LIBEAC project

    Sunday, 1 February2015

    (Source: Telecomasia.net)

  • 2,201 WEBSITES BEING CLOSED BY SAIC

    In the second half of 2014, the State Administration for Industry & Commercial of PRC (SAIC) launched the “2014 Red Shield Sword Action” special project, and it closed 2,201 websites out of the inspected 1,330,000 ones.

    The special project is aimed to improve further the supervision efficiency of the commodities online trading, comprehensively strengthen the regulation for the commodities online trading behavior, purify the environment of online shopping and protect the legal interests of consumers and operators.

    It has been reported that “2015 Red Shield Sword Action” special project will attach more attention to the supervision of online trading platform, proceed to reinforce the regulation of the network market order and constantly purify the online market environment. In addition, SAIC released ten typical cases investigated and dealt with during the “2014 Red Shield Sword Action.”

     

    The gLAWcal Team

    LIBEAC project

    Saturday, 31 January2015

    (Source: China IP Magazine)

  • TRADEMARKS TO REGISTER ABROAD IN ADVANCE

    On the seminar held by INTA (International Trademark Association) themed with “Building Brands Abroad in the 21st Century” in Beijing on Jan 22, industry insiders suggested that Chinese companies may register their trademarks abroad in advance and make better use of international protocols to build strong brands overseas.

    To register trademarks abroad as early as possible is also a lesson some Chinese trademark owners learned from their experience with bad-faith registrations overseas, such as the one of Alibaba Group.

    Insiders suggested that using the Madrid system for global trademark protection is much easier than employing agents in every country.

     

    The gLAWcal Team

    LIBEAC project

    Friday, 30 January2015

    (Source: China Daily)

  • IMPORTANCE OF PROTECTING PATENTS GROWING IN CHINA

    People's Daily Online and the Intellectual Property Publishing House jointly unveiled three lists ranking the top 10 companies, universities and research institutes in terms of granted patents in 2014 based on the statistics from SIPO.

    The lists indicate that industries in China are more aware of the importance of patent and they are using patents as weapons for competition.

    As for Chinese universities, they have received a rapid growth in both patent applications and authorization, but have a low rate of patent commercialization.

    Experts suggest that the patent litigation in China will be more and companies should pay more attention to patent operation.

     

    The gLAWcal Team

    LIBEAC project

    Thursday, 29 January2015

    (Source: China Daily)

  • INTA SEMINAR ON “BUILDING BRANDS ABROAD IN THE 21ST CENTURY” HELD IN BEIJING

    On January 22nd, International Trademark Association (INTA) held a seminar themed with “Building Brands Abroad in the 21st Century” in Beijing.

    Focused on Chinese corporation that seeks to build strong brands outside China, the program started with the practical aspects and business decision of building brand capabilities that lead to the need for international registration. And experts from well-known companies shared their experience on the topics.

    INTA was founded in 1878. And it is a global not-for-profit association of trademark owners and professional dedicated to supporting trademarks and related intellectual property in order to protect consumers and to promote fair and effective commerce.

    The 2015 Annual Meeting of INTA will be held from the 2nd to 6th of May in San Diego, USA.

     

    The gLAWcal Team

    LIBEAC project

    Wednesday, 28 January2015

    (Source: China IP Magazine)

  • CHINA’ S 24,479 PATENT ADMINISTRATIVE ENFORCEMENT CASES IN 2014

    According to the data from State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO), China dealt 24,479 patent administrative enforcement cases in 2014, which was the first time for China dealing over 20,000 patent administrative enforcement cases per year.

    According to an officer of Patent Administration Department under SIPO, compared with 2013, China’s IP administrative enforcement had many new characteristics in 2014, such as enforcement were strengthened in every region, the structure of cases dealing were renewed, cases about invention patents were increasing, dispute cases involving foreign subjects were increasing, etc.

    Besides the data, industry experts believe that, China strengthened intellectual property administrative enforcement to contribute to build a powerful intellectual property nation in 2014, making itself a better legal and marketing environment.

     

     

    The gLAWcal Team

    LIBEAC project

    Tuesday, 27 January2015

    (Source: China IP News)

  • INDIA APPEALS AGAINST PANEL RULING IN THE US POULTRY DISPUTE

    Last week, India appealed a WTO dispute panel ruling that found New Delhi’simport restriction on US Poultry, Chicken and Eggs. India is seeking to appeal on the ground that the Panel failed to make objective assessment of the arguments made and evidence presented before it.

    Further, India challenges the Panel finding that there exists a less restrictive alternative to meet India’s objective of preventing spread of avian flu and the finding of unjustifiable and arbitrary discrimination between members with identical conditions.

    The AB has 90 days to issue its report, its decision will not interfere with the factual findings made in the Panel report. 

     

    The gLAWcal Team

    LIBEAC project

    Thursday, 05 February 2014

    (Source:ICTSD)

  • EU PUSHES FOR GI PROTECTION IN TTIP

    EC foresees existing legal mechanisms separate from U.S. trademark law in order to ensure the protection of European geographic names for food and beverages under the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

    The EU proposal finds three options for employing protection to GIs. The first option is using “standards of identification” established by several US regulators including FDA, USDA and TTB. Under this option, if the standards of identification are not met, the Food and Drug Cosmetic act will define that food as “misbranded.” The other two options which EU wants to enshrine in the final text are labelling requirements, and to protect against fraud under the US Federal Trade Commission.

    The EU has already submitted roughly a list of 200 GIs which EU wants the US to protect under the agreement. The faults under the existing US trademarks law are making the alternate options more attractive. In absence of similar precedents, doubts exist whether the FDA has legal authority to issue regulations on standards of identification.

    The EC officials have further made it clear that they are not calling upon US to replicate its system of GI register, hinting that exploring alternate options listed in its proposal as its possible approach for future course.

     

                                                                                                                            The gLAWcal Team

    LIBEAC project

    Thursday, 5 February 2014

    (Source: Inside US Trade)

  • SOLAR DISPUTE IN MIDST OF OBAMA VISIT

    Even as India and USA are negotiating market access to lucrative Indian market; they are preparing for slug fest at the WTO over India’s solar policy.

    Indian government has imposed local content requirements for purchase of solar modules and cells Under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM). The US has charged such a condition to be against WTO rules. The proceedings have begun on Feb 3, 2014 with the first submission of the USA, wherein it claims that imposing local content requirements infringes National Treatment obligations and impairs benefit accruing to the American companies.

    Sources have reported that Senior Indian official has said on condition of anonymity that government won’t budge on its stand and without its support domestic industry can’t survive.

    Any understanding between the two leaders could lead to suspension of the proceedings, but as of now no such understanding is seem to be in sight.

     

    The gLAWcal Team

    EPSEI project

    Tuesday, 27 January 2015

    (Source: Live Mint)

  • THE THREAT ON THE AMAZON RAINFOREST: OIL AND GAS ROADS DIFFUSION

    The diffusion of oil and gas roads in the heart of the Amazon rainforest is seriously threatening its natural differentiation and biodiversity. Indeed, building new roads is one of the main elements responsible of the progressive deforestation widely affecting rainforest across Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru.

    Matt Finer, one of the leading author of a report published in the Environmental Research Letters, claimed that: “The hydrocarbon frontier keeps pushing deeper into the Amazon and there needs to be a strategic plan for how future development takes place in regards to roads”.

    The report highlighted that an alternative and more sustainable model is possible, based on the helicopter transportation. Indeed, the initial high cost of the helicopters shall be recovered by the cost related to the maintenance of the oil and gas roads.

    Last but not least, the offshore model may ensure a less aggressive invasion of the territories where indigenous population live and get by in their natural environment.

     

    The gLAWcal Team

    EPSEI project

    Monday, 29 January 2015

    (Source: The Guardian)

  • INVESTMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES: A GAP WHICH HAS NOT BEEN FILLED YET

    On the 21 January 2015, the United Nation Environmental Programme (hereinafter "UNEP") released the last report on the relation between the financial sector and the way it can contribute to the promotion of sustainable solutions. Indeed, the report has been more than welcomed even in relation to the fact that 2015 is the year of development.

    The report concerns 12 different countries in order to build a more sustainable financial system as an occasion to overcome the recent difficulties due to the financial crisis. Even if environmental products are not exchanged in financial markets, the report calls for the creation of environmental bonds and for the increase of investments in this field.

    According to Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, “if we are to generate truly inclusive wealth then we need a financial system that can efficiently invest in the human, productive and natural capital on which we all depend. What is heartening is the increasing evidence that central bank governors, finance ministries and major investment funds recognize that new 'rules of the game' are not just necessary and possible, but can deliver real benefits".

    The report will be launched also at the World Economic Forum in Davos, in order to directly approach these themes with the most powerful men in the world.

     

    The gLAWcal Team

     POREEN project

    Wednesday, 28 January 2015

    (Source: United Nations Environmental Programme)

  • MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS: TIME TO REVIEW WHAT HAS BEEN REALIZED

    The aim Millennium Development Goals was raising the awareness of development issues among EU citizens. The program started in 2000 is now coming to an end in 2015, which has been proclaimed the European Year for development (EYD).

    The EU is the largest aid donor in the world and still plays a fundamental role in the development project at global level. However, even the discussion has now moved to what will happen after 2015, not all the objectives have been reached.

    On the one hand, 805 million people are hungry, on the other 70 million people gained access to water. In conclusion, the debate on the post-2015 development goals shall be focused on what Europe can still do in order to fight against hunger and poverty.

     

    The gLAWcal Team

    LIBEAC project

    Monday, 27 January 2015

    (Source: The Parliament Magazine)

  • THE FUTURE OF THE POST-2015 DEVELOPMENT GOALS

    The heads of the state and governments of the United Nation Member States are planning to take a decision on the Post-2015 goals in September 2015. The object of the decision will not only be a list of universal Sustainable Development Goals but also a method for the review and the monitoring of the list.

    A stronger monitoring system shall improve and tackle the global action on sustainable issues. Indeed, a deeper monitoring system is required also to point out in an easier way the reasons of failure and of success of each country.

     

    The gLAWcal Team

    LIBEAC project

    Monday, 26 January 2015

    (Source: SWP)

  • 75,000 SIGN PETITION AGAINST STRONGER PROTECTIONS

    The civil society groups in India are concerned that the IP featured strongly in Obama’s visit to India and bilateral mechanisms up through the US-India Trade Policy Forum, could help to sustain the US pressure over India’s patent laws.

    Commenting on recently released draft national IP, Anand Grover, Senior Counsel of the Supreme Court and Director of Lawyers Collective, said that the US pressure seems to be obvious as “the policy document is completely out of sync with India’s ground realities and her development needs.”

    In an attempt to intensify pressure, the USTR and ITR, and conducting independent investigations India’s IP regime which selectively targeted the areas of concern for the US businesses.

    The US wants India do away with Section 3(d) which utilizes flexibility under the TRIPS agreements to protect against ever greening of patented drugs.

    In response the increasing US pressure 40 civil society organisations, patient groups and community networks have raised a global petition rejecting US actions and has found support amongst 75 thousand individuals as of 22nd January, 2015

     

    The gLAWcal Team

    LIBEAC project

    Thursday, 22 January 2014

    (Source: Inside US Trade)

  • TPP MEMBERS AT ODDS ON HOW TO DEFINE BIOLOGIC DRUGS

    The TPP members are locked in a tussle whether the IP chapter should include and if so how to define Biologic Medicines.

    The questions is important as US is pushing for 12 years of data exclusivity for Biologic and 5 years for traditional drugs in the negotiations.

    The critics of IP policy are arguing that no definition should be included in the final text, so as to give members flexibility in developing their own. Another group of critics have taken the position that scientists, not trade negotiators, should be one drafting the definition.

    Crafting a definition for biologics is also challenging on the technical level. As most biologics drugs are made by modifying DNA of bacteria or living organism, the definition needs to be broad enough to encompass medicines produced using biotechnology without including products that are naturally occurring.

    The US proposed a definition, contained in the leaked text, states that a biologic medicine is a "vaccine, a protein, or a … blood-derivative ... for use in human being for the prevention, treatment, or, cure of a disease or condition."

    The US based consumer group Public Citizen is also advocating for no definition of biologics for the reason that "Biotechnology is a fast moving field; Parties would like to have flexibility to update the definition in the future."

     

    The gLAWcal Team

    LIBEAC project

    Friday, 30 January 2014

    (Source: Inside US Trade)

  • US AGREES TO AG EXPORT SUBSIDY BAN IN TPP

    The US has signalled its willingness to a complete and unconditional ban on agricultural export subsidies in the TPP.

    Earlier, the US was seeking an exception to the ban that can potentially be invoked against a non-party to the TPP. Sources have informed that TPP members are cool with the new position, potentially resolving one of the two outstanding issues, other being market access.

    Some TPP members also appear to be pushing disciplines of export credits similar to 2008 Doha round text. Mentioned text established a maximum repayment term for agricultural export credits of six months, and also required that the fees charged under such programs be sufficient to cover costs and losses over the previous four-year rolling period.

    The industry sources have cautioned against the US concession, as export subsidy is still permitted under the WTO rules and EU might resume its use, although it had publically signalled it restrain in resorting to export subsidies.

     

    The gLAWcal Team

    LIBEAC project

    Tuesday, 27 January 2014

    (Source: Inside US Trade)

  • INDIA OFFERS SUBSTANTIAL CONCESSIONS TO LDCs AT WTO

    In the high-level WTO meeting for preferential treatment to service providers from the Least Developing Countries, New Delhi made substantial offers like visa fee waiver, market access and capacity building including technical support to service industry of those nations.

    Indian further granted preferential treatment in market access under GATS for contractual service suppliers, independent professionals and an exclusive quota of 250 foreign tourist guides however excluding services in legal consultancy.  

    The meeting was largely appreciated as a set forward in implementing key Bali decisions. Chairperson of the meeting, Choi Seokyoung of the Republic of Korea added that developing and developed countries addressed 74 per cent of the services in which preference was requested.
     

     

     The gLAWcal Team

    LIBEAC project

    Sunday, 08 February 2014

    (Source: Economic Times)

  • 3D PRINTING IS COMING

    After decades of development, 3D printing is now ready to revolutionize manufacturing. And it might be the “dawn of a new dimension”.

    Chinese cities of Changsha, Wuhan and Zhuhai launched industry hubs to promote the growth of innovative Chinese technology, especially 3D printing. What’s more, companies of Singapore, Japan, and South Korea are also using or trying to use the technology.

    As it becomes increasingly accessible and affordable to consumers, 3D printing is making it possible for products to quickly reach the market with less labor-intensive production required.

    However, it is, in turn, presenting fresh challenges for regulators that have yet to adapt to the technology and for companies seeking to protect their intellectual property.

    The gLAWcal Team

    LIBEAC project

    Monday, 26 January2015

    (Source: China Daily)

  • CHINA SETS UP ANTI-COUNTERFEITING ALLIANCE

    A strategic alliance on infringement and counterfeiting eradication - China Anti-Infringement and Anti-Counterfeiting Innovation Strategic Alliance was set up in Beijing on Friday to further improve protection of intellectual property rights (IPR).

    It is a non-government organization and is devoted to building a fair business environment and carving out a new image internationally for Chinese enterprise and products.

    The members of the alliance include technology companies, e-commerce giants, universities and industry associations. And it may serve as a public service platform based on big data analysis and information sharing.

     

    The gLAWcal Team

    LIBEAC project

    Sunday, 25 January2015

    (Source: China Daily)

     

  • CHINA’S FIRST SILICONE RUBBER PATENT INFRINGEMENT DISPUTE ENDS

    After nearly six months of investigation by the local intellectual property watchdog, China's first silicone rubber patent infringement case was settled through arbitration, Shaanxi Daily reported.

    A Xi'an-based cultural and creative company has admitted infringing on two patents owned by the Xi'an Superman Sculpture Research Institute. It agreed to stop producing and selling statues, it made previously, using the technology and pay 200,000 yuan ($32,157) in compensation.

    Experts from the city’s IP office said that the case would serve as a precedent for authorities in other provinces to improve IP protection in the field.

     

    The gLAWcal Team

    LIBEAC project

    Saturday, 24 January2015

    (Source: China Daily)

  • ANTI-PIRACY CAMPAIGN HELPS PROTECT FOREIGN WORKS IN CHINA

    Scrutiny and punishment for copyright violations in China is earning some plaudits from overseas rights holders as the battle against copycats and illegal content intensifies.

    With foreign TV series and imported reality shows (especially from South Korea) soaring in popularity on Chinese screens and video websites, copyright disputes from unauthorized video streaming and outright copying have hampered China's ascent to a strong intellectual property country.

    However, the annual Jianwang Operation is fighting back. It is an annual nationwide campaign against copyright infringement started by the National Copyright Administration in 2005.

    Jianwang Operation has shown its power, such as the closure of violating websites including the popular subtitled video sharing website shooter.cn. Although China has made a progress in the crackdown on copyright infringement, there is a lot to be done such as building stricter legal system and wider collaboration between cyberspace and public security authorities to strengthen enforcement.

     

     

    The gLAWcal Team

    LIBEAC project

    Friday, 23 January2015

    (Source: China Daily)

  • SIPO LOBBYING FOR ADOPTION OF REVISED PATENT LAW

    As the draft of the revised Patent Law has been sent to the State Council for approval, the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) is lobbying for the legislation to be approved this year.

    The Chinese Patent Law was amended in 1992, 2000 and 2008 after it came to effect in 1985.

    The fourth amendment to the law now under discussion has been drafted since 2012 by SIPO taking consideration of the internationalization of IP laws. The revision gives more power to administrative enforcement officials and it shows the new feature in China’s IP protection that is administrative enforcement complementary to judicial protection.

     

    The gLAWcal Team

    LIBEAC project

    Thursday, 22 January2015

    (Source: China Daily)

  • GI PROTECTION PROMOTED BY CENTRAL GOVERNMENTAL DEPARTMENTS

    The Central Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantinerecently signed a memorandum of understanding with the State Forestry Administration on geographical indication protection, a signal indicating the cooperation of both departments stepped into a new phase, which will have significant implication on the development of eco-forestry and the safeguard of eco-China.

     

    The gLAWcal Team

    LIBEAC project

    Saturday, 17 January2015

    (Source: IPR in China)