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Thomas A Giovanetti

September 25, 2006

I'd rather be in Texas . . .

. . . but I'm in Geneva, Switzerland for the 42nd General Assemblies of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). This is the annual meeting where business is actually conducted and deci ...

September 14, 2006

WIPO committee approves recommendation of the Broadcast Treaty to full WIPO assembly

On Wednesday in Geneva, WIPO's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) approved a recommendation that the proposed "Treaty on the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations" move ah ...

August 25, 2006

Australia insists on IP protection in its FTAs

Australia is negotiating a FTA with the Asean countries, and Australia is insisting that strong IP protections be included in that FTA. ...

August 25, 2006

India's adoption of IP is creating a culture of innovation

Here's a good article on how India's adoption of strong IP protection is creating a culture of innovation. The Indian IP scenario has undergone huge transformation over the last three decades. T ...

August 25, 2006

IPI's George Pieler on Microsoft's software principles and the EU

One of IPI's Senior Research Fellows, George Pieler, has a great commentary on CNET News today entitled "New Vistas for Microsoft, so why not Europe?" George's point, that the EU's fines and reg ...

August 24, 2006

Oh, those irascible young Eurosocialists at the Free Software Foundation Europe

A little while ago I came across a page of portraits of Georg Greve, who runs the Free Software Foundation Europe, and who is one of my earnest sparring partners on intellectual property matters at ...

August 10, 2006

Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz Gets It

Here's an article from Malaysia where the Minister of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz, understands that adequate IP protection is the key to foreign investment. "If we ...

July 19, 2006

Who do you think is the most important person in this guy's life? Georg runs the FSFE (Free Software Foundation Europe), and he's done his share of making fun of me on his blog for my pro-IP activity at WIPO, so I ...

July 19, 2006

India has nothing to fear from either patent protection or data exclusivity

Last year, when the Government of India adopted its patent amendments as required by TRIPS, health activists carried out concerted campaigns to try to avert what they characterized as a "public hea ...

July 19, 2006

Malaysia gets it on piracy and counterfeiting

The Malaysian Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister says that heavier fines and faster court processing are needed to combat piracy and counterfeiting. Mohd Shafie said raids on six facto ...

July 19, 2006

Speaking on Intellectual Property Friday at ALEC

By the way, I'll be speaking this Friday morning (July 21st) in San Francisco at the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). I'm on a panel discussing intellectual prope ...

June 30, 2006

WIPO PCDA on the Development Agenda is over

It's 1:47 pm in Geneva, and the meeting is over. The translators have been released, all recriminations have been issued, the Chairman has been praised, and nothing has been accomplished. A fac ...

June 30, 2006

French approve iTunes law

The French National Assembly and Senate have both passed legislation designed to outlaw proprietary music formats that are linked to proprietary devices. ...

June 30, 2006

Last minute drama

At the very last minute, I mean at the very last minute, at 1:38 pm, as people were packing up their bags, the Kyrgyz Republic introduced a new document which is essentially the Chairman's document ...

June 30, 2006

Time for recriminations

More details later, but the WIPO Development Agenda discussions are ending in collapse. Brazil and Argentina have been unwilling to compromise, so it's over. Right now various countries are givin ...


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