Posts Tagged ‘ intellectual property ’

SCOTUS: Roberts denies Teva Pharmaceutical stay in Copaxone patent fight

April 20, 2014
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Financial Express [India]    

"US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Friday denied a request by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd to stay a lower-court ruling in a patent case that favored the developers of generic versions of Teva's top-selling multiple sclerosis drug. The decision could help pave the way for generic competitors of Teva's Copaxone drug to go on the market as soon as next month. Teva had sought to prevent the lower-court ruling from going into effect while the Supreme Court considers its appeal in the patent fight." (04/19/14)

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Does intellectual property deny human nature?

April 16, 2014
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Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
by Joseph S. Diedrich  

"A music-composition professor of mine once lamented that without copyright protection, Western civilization would cease to exist. Most of us take intellectual property (IP) for granted, assuming it is ethically and economically necessary. We’ve become so blase about IP that heavy-handed FBI warnings and billion-dollar lawsuits don’t faze us in the slightest. Yet despite the unquestioned consensus, intellectual property actually defies basic tenets of human nature." (04/15/14)

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Ex-Microsoft employee charged with leaking trade secrets to blogger

March 20, 2014
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euronews [EU]    

"A former employee of Microsoft Corp is facing criminal charges after he allegedly passed trade secrets to a blogger in France, U.S. court documents showed. Russian national Alex Kibkalo, a former Microsoft employee in Lebanon and Russia, admitted to Microsoft investigators that he provided confidential company documents and information to the blogger, documents from a Seattle federal court showed. The blogger, who was not identified, was known to those in the Microsoft blogging community for posting screenshots of pre-release version of the Windows Operating System." (03/20/14)

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When copyright smothers free expression

March 11, 2014
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Reason Reason
by Jerry Brito  

"By creating a new right in actors’ performances, this case may make any number of works unavailable at the behest of actors." (03/10/14)

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US appeals court abuses intellectual property law to censor film on Islam

February 26, 2014
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Washington Post    

"A U.S. appeals court ordered YouTube on Wednesday to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in many parts of the Middle East, prompting widespread riots and influential clerics to call for the death of an American actress who sued to have the clip removed from the site. ... argued that the filmmaker, Mark Basseley Youssef, and not the actress owned the copyright and only he and Google could remove it from YouTube. But the appellate court ruled Wednesday that the case was far from typical and that the actress retained a copyright claim that YouTube must respect." (02/26/14)

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The problem isn’t “patent trolls.” The problem is patents.

February 7, 2014
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Thomas L. Knapp Center for a Stateless Society
by Thomas L. Knapp  

"Even if patents actually accomplished their advertised purpose ... they’d be a very bad idea. The claim that one can own an idea is silly on its face, and not a claim that anyone would pay the slightest mind to were it not enforced at gunpoint by the state. But the advertised purpose of patents is not their actual purpose. Their actual purpose is to restrain competition and limit innovation so as to provide economic advantage -- monopoly pricing power, in fact -- to established firms who, by virtue of their ability to pay off (pardon my indelicate language; I believe the word I’m looking for is 'lobby') politicians, bureaucrats and judges, can thereby indulge their desire avoid market competition on price or quality." (02/06/14)

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$20 million and counting: Feds tackle counterfeit goods ahead of Super Bowl

January 29, 2014
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Fox News    

"The feds have already set a Super Bowl record -- by seizing some $20 million worth of phony gear smuggled in from all over the world as Sunday's game approaches. Fake tickets good enough to gain entry to MetLife Stadium, knock-off jerseys and even sex workers descending on the biggest event in American sports are all on the radar of the Department of Homeland Security. The agency has set up a 24-hour operation at JFK airport, where they are confiscating loads of unlicensed Super Bowl paraphernalia in advance of Sunday's game, FoxNews.com has learned." [editor's note: "Homeland Security" indeed -- your tax dollars at work - TLK] (01/29/14)

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Quentin Tarantino files frivolous IP suit versus Gawker

January 28, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"US director Quentin Tarantino has sued gossip website Gawker for contributory copyright infringement after it posted a link to a leaked screenplay. A link to The Hateful Eight script remained on Gawker's Defamer blog on Monday despite demands from Tarantino's lawyers to take it down. They argued the site had effectively cost him royalties he might earn from the eventual publication of the script. But Gawker said posting a link was part of its job to provide information." (01/27/14)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-25923343  

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Samsung, Google sign patent agreement

January 27, 2014
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ABC News    

"Samsung Electronics Co. has signed an agreement with Google Inc. to cross-license their patents, reducing the risk of costly legal disputes over intellectual property and likely fostering greater collaborate between the two tech giants. Seoul-based Samsung said Monday that the deal covers patents to be filed over the next 10 years as well as existing patents. Financial terms were not disclosed." (01/27/14)

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Cato vs. Public Citizen on IP and the TPP

January 22, 2014
posted by

Stephan Kinsella Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom
by Stephan Kinsella  

"I’ve mentioned before that Cato scholars have inexplicably come out in FAVOR of the horrendous, fascist, IP-pushing TPP, in an article by Daniel Ikenson. People have told me that just because Cato has one scholar in favor of something does not mean it’s an institutional position. MMhhmm. Check out this Democracy Now 'debate' about the TPP, between Bill Watson, a trade policy analyst at the Cato Institute, and Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch .... Utterly bizarre, when we true free-trade, anti-IP libertarians, find more in common with 'Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch' than with an allegedly free-trade, libertarian organization." (01/21/14)

http://c4sif.org/2014/01/cato-vs-public-citizen-on-ip-and-the-tpp/  

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File under “Idiotic IP Claims”: King.com’s frivolous trademark claim on the word “candy” approved

January 21, 2014
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San Jose Mercury News    

"The makers behind the popular mobile game Candy Crush Saga have received a sweet treat from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Almost a year after King.com Limited initially filed a trademark claim for the word 'candy,' the filing was approved by the USPTO Wednesday. Now, app developers with games on the market that include the word in the title are reportedly receiving emails from Apple asking them to remove their apps from the App Store." (01/21/14)

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Intellectual property fosters corporate concentration

January 13, 2014
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Sheldon Richman Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman  

"Practices respectful of private property in physical objects and land emerged spontaneously over millennia, embedded in customs that served to avert conflict in order to create space within which social beings could flourish. ... In contrast, 'rights' in ideas -- patents and copyrights -- were government monopoly grants having nothing in common with the notion of property at the heart of libertarianism. In fact, such artificial rights undermine genuine property by authorizing IP holders to enlist government power to stop other people from using their justly acquired resources and ideas." (01/10/14)

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How intellectual property distorts big business, science and creativity

January 8, 2014
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Butler Shaffer Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Butler Shaffer  

"When the coercive powers of the state are invoked to benefit some and to restrain others, the creative processes will always suffer and, as a consequence, so will the vibrancy of a civilization. The tendency of such behavior is to restrain the liberty of individuals to act within parameters suitable to established interests." (01/07/14)

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Advancing pharmaceutical and medical technology does not depend on patents

January 1, 2014
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Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Nathan Nicolaisen  

"Proponents of intellectual property claim that without patents many lifesaving drugs would not exist. They assert that generic drug manufacturers would diminish profit margins and dissipate the original manufacturer’s market share and innovation would come to a virtual standstill. Further, manufacturers once willing to create new drugs will no longer do so without sufficient returns on investment. Research into the matter suggests, however, that patent protection may not be required for medical advances." (12/31/13)

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Apple renews frivolous request for ban on Samsung products

December 27, 2013
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Bloomberg    

"Apple Inc. (AAPL) is again seeking to ban sales in the U.S. of Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) products that were at issue in the companies’ first patent trial in California and are now no longer on the market. The iPhone-maker yesterday asked U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, to bar sales of more than 20 smartphones and tablets, such as the Galaxy S 4G and Galaxy Tab 10.1, that a jury last year found to infringe Apple’s patents. While Koh rejected Apple’s bid for a sales ban on the infringing Samsung devices after the 2012 verdict, a federal appeals court on Nov. 18 cleared the way for the iPhone maker to pursue an injunction targeting some of its rival’s products." (12/27/13)

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Google sues Apple-led group over threat to Android, Nexus

December 25, 2013
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Times of India [India]    

"Internet titan Google has sued Apple-led patent group Rockstar for threatening the Android platform, particularly its Nexus range of devices. Other companies part of Rockstar include BlackBerry and Microsoft, both rivals of Google's free operating system. ... Rockstar in 2012 purchased a large portion of the now-defunct Canadian technology company Nortel's patents for $4.5 billion. Apple alone paid $2.5 billion of this figure. The court filing by Google says, 'Rockstar produces no products and practices no patents. Instead, Rockstar employs a staff of engineers in Ontario, Canada, who examine other companies' successful products to find anything that Rockstar might use to demand and extract licenses to its patents under threat of litigation.'" (12/25/13)

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“Six strikes” copyright alert system may violate antitrust law

December 22, 2013
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Stephan Kinsella Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom
by Stephan Kinsella  

"Antitrust law is as thoroughly unlibertarian as IP law is, though my guess is patent and copyright do more damage to property rights, freedom, the free market, and the economy. The perverse thing is that the state helps to create monopolies by its various policies (patent, copyright, FDA regulations) and then it turns around and uses its antitrust regulations to punish companies for acquiring these monopolies." (12/20/13)

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Intellectual property anyone?

November 26, 2013
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Tibor R. Machan A Passion for Liberty
by Tibor R. Machan  

"A major issue that faces one who wishes to reach a sensible understanding of intellectual property is just what 'intellectual' serves to distinguish among what surrounds us in the world and how that contrasts with other kinds and types of possible property. What quality does 'intellectual' point to about something? In my list, above, I am assuming that whatever is an invention or creation of the human mind amounts to potential IP, while others would argue that nothing intellectual in fact can constitute property, let alone private property. But this is merely to start things off, in need of clarification and analysis." (11/25/13)

http://tibormachan.rationalreview.com/2013/11/ip-anyone/  

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For free trade’s sake, get IP out of the TPP

November 26, 2013
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by K. William Watson  

"The prospects for timely completion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement are looking increasingly bleak. Just as the president was struggling to secure fast track trade negotiating authority from Congress, a barrage of anti-TPP sentiment erupted last week when WikiLeaks published a classified draft text of the agreement’s intellectual property rules. The text was rightly criticized for enabling Hollywood and other industries to improperly influence U.S. and foreign law in their favor. The first instinct of trade advocates is to be defensive, but this time the criticism actually offers an excellent opportunity: Instead of mumbling unconvincingly about the political power of innovative U.S. industries, free traders should put their collective foot down and demand a stop." (11/22/13)

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Intellectual property is evil — and businesspeople should oppose it

November 22, 2013
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BAMSouth
by Jack Criss  

Interview with Stephan Kinsella. Kinsella: "In my view, patent and copyright should be abolished, for a number of reasons. First, most advocates of IP admit that they are temporary monopoly privileges, that these laws are deviations from the free market, from a private property system. But they argue that the harm done by these laws is outweighed by innovation gains. That is, they argue that without IP, we would have less artistic creation and less innovation, and that with these laws, we have far more innovation and creativity, and that the value of this extra innovation is far greater than the costs of these laws. However, these claims are completely unfounded, and in fact are counter-intuitive and implausible." (10/29/13)

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Jury orders Samsung to pay Apple $290 million

November 21, 2013
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ABC News    

"A Silicon Valley jury on Thursday ordered Samsung Electronics to pay Apple $290 million for copying vital iPhone and iPad features. The verdict covers 13 older Samsung devices that a previous jury found were among 26 Samsung products that infringed Apple patents. ... Samsung lawyer William Price argued Apple is misconstruing the breadth of its patents to include such things as the basic rectangle shape of most smartphones today. 'Apple doesn't own beautiful and sexy,' Price told the San Jose jury." (11/21/13)

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Pirating creativity: The MPAA is going after schoolchildren

November 20, 2013
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Travis Eby  

"For years now the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has been trying its best, unsuccessfully, to enforce its 'intellectual property' claims upon those who would dare share and distribute media. They are of course not the only ones trying to get IP enforced; we have seen the same trends in music and gaming. Since it has long become clear that they cannot stop the sharing of media on the internet, the MPAA is going for the gold: Get pirates when they are young. In other words, the MPAA has gone to work getting its mission inserted into the public school curriculum." (11/20/13)

http://c4ss.org/content/22616  

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Judge: Google’s book-scanning operation is “fair use”

November 14, 2013
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Wired    

"Google’s massive book-scanning project that makes complete copies of books without an author’s permission is perfectly legal under U.S. copyright law, a federal judge ruled today, deciding an 8-year-old legal battle. In a 30-page decision Judge Denny Chin of New York ruled that Google’s move to digitize millions of university and commercially available books is on its face a violation of the owners’ copyrights. But Google’s limited use of the work makes the scanning 'fair use' under copyright law, Chin ruled." (11/14/13)

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/11/google-books/  

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Revealed by WikiLeaks: Secret trade pact spreads US copyright rules abroad

November 14, 2013
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Wired    

"The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, a multi-national trade agreement the United States is negotiating in secret, seeks to export U.S.-styled intellectual-property rules abroad, according to a leaked chapter of the deal WikiLeaks published today. ... The leak, which could not be immediately authenticated, is only of the chapter about intellectual property, dealing with copyright, trademarks and patents. It has not been officially released for public consumption. However, lobbyists or so-called 'trade advisors' from all sectors of the economy, from Haliburton to Hollywood, have had limited access to the accord’s text." [editor's note: While I understand the outrage that some are expressing over this, it doesn't bother me much; "intellectual property" is dead, an no amount of secret Frankensteinian rule-making will ever bring it back to life - TLK] (11/13/13)

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/11/trade-pact-exports-ip-rules/  

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Lawyers, film and money: Copyrighting the first movies

November 13, 2013
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Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Brian LaSorsa  

"Since they could not yet copyright films, Thomas Edison and others began to register each and every frame as separate, copyrighted photographs, a medium already recognized by law as rightful property. In this sense of the word, the first copyrighted film technically appeared in the 1890s. Other tactics pursued by filmmakers included the placement of signature markers (e.g., roosters) within the mise-en-scene in order to designate which studio produced it. These makeshift strategies allowed audiences to become familiar with specific companies’ creations, but they didn’t do much to deter piracy. And then there was the trouble of infringers who stole, as it were, other people’s original ideas and reproduced them without permission." (11/13/13)

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