Selling second hand music: not music to record companies’ ears

Second hand book stores, preloved clothing stores, and markets for old records – there are no laws preventing these shop owners from selling used items to consumers, so how about a second hand store for digital music and movie files? This question has been raised by a lawsuit in New York between Capitol Records LLC read more...
Subjects: Copyright

Government expropriation of patents – more drugs to combat HIV/AIDS and Hep B in Indonesia

On 3 September 2012, the Indonesian Government issued a “government use” decree, a type of compulsory licence, in relation to seven patent-protected HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B medicines in Indonesia. The decree gives the Minister of Health authority to appoint drug companies to exploit patents on behalf of the Government and the authorisation will be effective read more...
Subjects: Patents

Compulsory licenses for emergency drugs for developing countries

IP Australia has released an “Exposure Draft” of the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill 2012 (“Bill”). If enacted, the Bill would introduce a special purpose compulsory licensing system for patented pharmaceuticals, with the aim of helping developing nations deal with health epidemics, such as HIV/AIDS and malaria. There is an existing compulsory license scheme under read more...
Subjects: Patents

Lululemon vs Calvin Klein: is new yoga suit too much of a stretch?

Last month, yoga-gear guru Lululemon Athletica Inc filed a lawsuit in the US Federal Court in Delaware against PVH Corp’s Calvin Klein brand and G-III Apparel Group alleging infringement of three "design patents" (the US term for registered designs) relating to the design of its famous yoga pants. Lululemon’s design patents relate to the v-shaped waistband which features on its flagship product. read more...

Subjects: Designs | Patents

Bit Brother is watching you

According to Bit Torrent Inc, a milestone 150 million active users was reached by Bit Torrent in January this year. Wikipedia says this makes Bit Torrent more used than YouTube and Facebook combined. With such a large amount of internet traffic (consisting of both legal and illegal activity), you might be unsurprised that copyright enforcement agencies have a keen interest in keeping their eyes on users’ IP addresses for potential breaches. What we haven’t heard much about is the way in which enforcement agencies conduct such monitoring.

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Subjects: Copyright

India Supreme Court to rule on ‘evergreening’ clause

The Swiss drug company Novartis has been involved in a long-running battle (since 2006) for an Indian patent for imatinib mesylate which is the leukaemia drug known as Glivec (Gleevec in the US). Glivec has shown success in turning deadly chronic myelogenous leukaemia into a manageable chronic disease for patients. Novartis developed a predecessor compound read more...
Subjects: Patents