PIJIP and South African Filmmakers to Launch Report on Copyright and Documentary Filmmaking in South Africa

PIJIP and American University's Center for Social Media, working with South Africa’s Documentary Filmmakers Association and Women of the Sun, present a special 2-day workshop and film screening focusing around the issue of expanding the utility of copyright “users’ rights” for documentary filmmaking. The workshop is part of a larger project working with filmmakers around the world to better understand and expand rights to utilize copyrighted material in filmmaking without license.

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The EU, The Developing World, and Data Exclusivity; Effects of Current Policies on Access to Medicines

Compulsory licenses are an important mechanism for developing countries needing to access medicines when drug supply does not meet drug demand, or to serve important public interests. Data exclusivity provisions in European trade agreements have the potential to erode this important pathway to greater access to medicines.

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Patentable Subject Matter After the Bilski Oral Argument

Yesterday, PIJIP and the Federal Circuit Bar Association recently co-hosted "Patentable Subject Matter After the Bilski Oral Argument." The case has drawn a great deal of interest because it addresses the question: What is the proper legal standard for determining whether a kind of process is capable of receiving patent protection? Must it involve use of a machine or a transformation of matter from one thing or state to another? Focusing on the recent oral argument in In re Bilski in the United States Supreme Court, the event featured counsel for the parties.

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Beyond TRIPS - The Evolving Law of International Intellectual Property Enforcement

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IP owners and many governments advocate tougher enforcement of intellectual property than is currently required by the TRIPS Agreement. Critics warn that it risks upsetting the TRIPS Agreement’s balance between the protection of IP-owners’ and IP-users’ rights. On November 5, PIJIP will bring together leading academics and civil society actors to discuss international enforcement of IP.

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Patent Lecture - NYU Professor Rochelle Dreyfuss' Lecture Now Posted

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I'm pleased to announce that the video of Professor Rochelle C. Dreyfuss's delivery of the Fifth Annual Finnegan Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property at American University, Washington College of Law is now available here. The lecture is "What the Federal Circuit Can Learn from the Supreme Court -- and Vice Versa."

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Alternative Models of Financing Medical Innovation

This blog is the culmination of a semester of work by four PIJIP students, who collected a wide range of literature on different models for the funding of medical research and development. Comments on the analysis and suggestions for other resources are welcomed.

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NYU Professor Rochelle Dreyfuss to Deliver Fifth Annual Finnegan Lecture on Intellectual Property

Professor Dreyfuss will examine the interaction of the Supreme Court and the First Circuit, asking questions about the role that specialists should be permitted to play in tailoring law to the needs of technologically complex and emerging industries, and the extent to which generalists can helpfully intervene to keep this law in the mainstream and attuned to other social values and related developments, such as open innovation.

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PIJIP and Prescription Policy Choices Host "Lawyering for Access: Legal Strategies to Improve Access to Affordable Pharmaceuticals"

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On October 16, 2009, PIJIP and Prescription Policy Choices will co-host "Lawyering for Access" to discuss actions state governments have taken to control pharmaceutical costs, as well as the roles of legislation and litigation in pharmaceutical policy. Participants will include legal academics, stater government officials, and attorneys involved in landmark pharmaceuticals litigation. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE WEBCAST

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Eleven Law Professors and AARP File Breif in Bilski v. Kappos

I recently filed an amicus brief in the pending Supreme Court case, Bilski v. Kappos, about whether business methods are patent eligible “inventions,” on behalf of eleven law professors and AARP. Although the Bilski brief focuses on business methods (and the legal category of unpatentable “abstract ideas”), it also explains how to draw the line between the patentable inventions and unpatentable science and nature.

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Notes from Monday's PIJIP Event on "Copyright From an International Perspective"

At PIJIP’s event, “Copyright from an International Perspective,” WCL Professors Michael Carroll and Peter Jaszi were joined by Michele Woods, Senior Counsel for Policy and International Affairs at the Office of Policy and International Affairs at US Copyright Office. Professor Jaszi began the panel with a quick introduction to copyright law and the international copyright system...

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