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European Parliament Delivers Possible Coup de Grace To ACTA

ArsTechnica.com: The United States is losing momentum with its much maligned and secretive Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). The most recent blow to ACTA’s potential as a real live international policy was dealt by the European Parliament who voted overwhelmingly for openness and transparency before they will even considering the contents of the legislation. As ever, Nate Anderson has his finger on the pulse of national and global IP events and covers the developing ACTA story in his topical piece, Europe trashes ACTA as Obama praises it.

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Latin America Struggles To Fight Growing Intellectual Property Problems

The Providence Journal: America is not alone in its struggle to protect domestic intellectual property rights although with all the facts and figures of hundreds of billions of dollars lost to product forgery and music pirates it might sometimes seem that way. In his recent opinion piece, Intellectual-property theft in Latin America, James Cooper explores the difficulties facing our neighbors to the south that are keeping countries like Brazil from realizing the financial gains that usually accompany tougher IPR laws. Cooper writes of South America’s growing counterfeiting woes:

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How To Navigate Intellectual Property Protection In Russia

The Moscow Times: If your company is interested in expanding its reach in new markets, it stands to reason that a little research ahead of time can save yourself from plenty of headaches when you try to protect you intellectual property abroad. To that end, a pair of excellent posts on securing valuable IP in Russia help the uninitiated reader learn more about the best way to navigate relevant laws in the former Soviet Union. First, Igor Nevzorov, Manager of Legal Services at Ernst & Young provides some insights on The Contribution of Intellectual Property to Charter Capital. He writes, by way of introduction to his chosen topic:

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Blu-ray Patent Pool Hopes To Rake In IP Royalty Loot

RegHardware: Four major players in the media market space have teamed up to create a joint portfolio of Blu-ray-related intellectual property patents with hopes of squeezing some additional royalty money from any and all Blu-ray products. Tony Smith has more details of this recent development in his topical piece, Toshiba prices up Blu-ray Disc patent portfolio. He writes:

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The New & Improved Patent Reform Act Of 2010

PatentBaristas.com: In a fantastically thorough and meaty piece, Head Patent Barista Stephen Albainy-Jenei dissects The Patent Reform Act of 2010: A Substitute S. 515 and reveals, to general dismay, that “It’s like Apple’s Get-a-Mac ad that talks about all the promises of previous versions of Windows®.” But don’t jump yet; it’s not all bad news. Albainy-Jenei reports:

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Washington DC A Beehive Of Intellectual Property Activity

The Huffington Post: There’s plenty going on in Washington DC today in the world of intellectual property with the US Trade Representative, Ron Kirk, standing in as the sole witness before the Senate Finance Committee as it holds a meeting on the 2010 Trade Agenda. James Love, Director of Knowledge Ecology International, offers some thoughts on why the USTR is increasingly being seen by many to be “anti-consumer” and in the pocket of high-powered lobbyists representing big pharma, media and other IP-centric corporations. In his topical piece, US Trade Rep Serves Drug Companies, Publishers and Pushes Anti-Consumer Agenda, he writes:

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