USTR Accepting Comments and Notices of Intent to Testify for the 2010 Special 301 Report

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USTR is currently accepting comments for its annual Special 301 Report, in which it is required by Congress to identify countries that "deny adequate and effective proptection of intellectual property." In the past, the comments recieved by USTR have come mostly from large IP-owning companies and their trade associations, and the reports have reflected the lopsided input received.

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EVENT: A First Look at the 2009 Decisions of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

To commemorate the 25th Anniversary of its Federal Circuit issue, the American University Law Review will host a panel of practitioners who will discuss their impressions of the Federal Circuit’s decisions in 2009. The panelists will offer their insights on significant cases and jurisprudential trends in the areas of patent, trademark, international trade, government contracts, and veterans claims law.

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Vote for AU Professor Aufderheide for GameChanger

Pat Aufderheide, a long time PIJIP colleague and friend, has been nominated as a GameChanger by members of the WeMedia community. Pat and her Center for Social Media, in frequent collaboration with PIJIP, has led a large number of fair use best practices projects that encourage creative professionals to utilize fair use rights to create and expand a "floating" public domain composed of copyrighted work as a critical tool for a vibrant participatory culture.

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Mexico Meeting for ACTA Negotiations Break No New Ground

The most recent round of ACTA negotiations took place from January 26-29 in Guadalajara Mexico. The negotiators discussed transparency, civil enforcement, border enforcement,and internet issues - as well as the transparency (or lack thereof) of the negotiations. It seems from initial news and blogs that little was accomplished.

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Swiss Govt Holds ACTA Consultation

We have been informed that the Swiss Intellectual Property Institute organized an informational meeting about ACTA sometime last week. The Swiss office of Creative Commons are currently drafting documentation about the questions asked and the answers.

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A First Look at the 2009 Decisions of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (February 4, 2010)

To commemorate the 25th Anniversary of its Federal Circuit issue, the American University Law Review will host a panel of practitioners who will discuss their impressions of the Federal Circuit’s decisions in 2009. The panelists will offer their insights on significant cases and jurisprudential trends in the areas of patent, trademark, international trade, government contracts, and veterans claims law.

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English Version of Peter Jaszi's Book on IP and Traditional Arts in Indonesia Is Now Online

Professor Jaszi's study is the culmination of research conducted as part of a group of scholars, journalists, and observers of the arts who made multiple trips to Central Java and Bali to look at the practice of certain “traditional” arts. The group met with artists, performers, and creators to discuss their concerns regarding the current state of their arts, and to explore possibilities for attribution and compensation for their work.These arts—Javanese wayang kulit, gamelan music, and batik, and Balinese dance, gamelan music, and ikat—have, like most Indonesian arts, historically operated without Intellectual Property (IP) regulation.

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Why haven’t American news media picked up on ACTA?

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I endeavored to find information regarding ACTA in the vast array of national newspapers in the United States. I soon discovered that American newspapers are not picking up on either side of the ACTA debate in large numbers at all. In fact, the discussion regarding ACTA is almost completely absent from any American newspaper, even though it has been reported on and analyzed in newspapers abroad.

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Google DC Hosts ACTA Panel Discussion

On Monday, January 11, 2010 Google’s DC offices hosted a panel discussion about the secretive Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) moderated by the Washington Post columnist Rob Pegoraro. The discussion focused on the issue of lack of transparency, the problems that ACTA is trying to resolve, and whether it would require changes to domestic law.

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Professor Michael Carroll Lectures on "The Effect of Copyright on Creativity" at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg

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Michael Carroll will speak on a December 11 panel with Niva Elkin-Koren from the University of Haifa. The panel will be titled "How much of an incentive is it really? - The Effect of Copyright on Creativity." This will be on of the first of a new series of lectures in intellectual property in the coming years that will cover the most topical issues from an international perspective. In the long term, the school hopes to establish an Institute for Intellectual Property and Media Law.

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