Intellectual Property Rights and Human Rights

Sat, 29 Sep 2005 12:05:00 EST

"WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 /U.S. Newswire/ -- This week, the General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) holds its biennial meeting in Geneva ... The discussion is over a new twist on traditional property rights: Is the public harmed by the private ownership of IP goods? And, if so, should IP goods lose their property protection for the benefit of all?"

USPTO Updates Filing Translation Rules to Allow Pre-Action Interviews

Thu, 29 Sep 2005 11:51:00 EST

"The USPTO has amended its rules of practice to require a copy of an English translation of any foreign-language provisional application that is used as a priority document for a nonprovisional application."

Michael Geist - In the Public Interest: The Future of Canadian Copyright Law

Sat, 29 Sep 2005 11:01:00 EST

Michael Geist has published a new collection of essays on Canada's Copyright law, particularly relevant with the proposed Bill C60. The work is available under a Creative Commons licence, and available for free download. Original article at

US Secretary of Commerce Announce IP Rights Initiative

Wed, 21 Sep 2005 16:50:00 EST

"U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez, on his first visit to Silicon Valley since taking office, told Mercury News editors and reporters Wednesday that the Bush administration plans to beef up enforcement of intellectual property rights violations that cost U.S. companies an estimated $250 billion a year in lost sales."

2005-09-20 QC Stats

Tue, 20 Sep 2005 12:39:00 EST

2005-09-20 Quality Control Stats

Typo-Squatting Domains

Sun, 19 Sep 2005 16:56:00 EST

Typo-squatters register domain names that differentiate from the actual more popular domain by only a letter or two, in effect bleeding off any excess traffic from individuals who mistype the actual site's url. WIPO has stepped-in in two such cases, but only because Domain had been registered "in bad faith."

USPTO: Dealing with TLD Indicators on Domain Name Trademark Applications

Thu, 15 Sep 2005 16:11:00 EST

Can a TLD, "Top Level Domain" (such as .com), influence the distinctive nature of a Generic or Descriptive mark? Jennifer Mikulina explores this debate in accordance to a recent ruling by the U.S Court of Appeals.

Online WIPO Gazette of Int. Marks

Sun, 13 Sep 2005 18:00:00 EST

The World Intellectual Property Organization has started publishing an online version of its Gazette of International Marks, the official publication of the Madrid System for the international registration of trade marks.

2005-09-13 QC Stats

Tue, 13 Sep 2005 8:36:00 EST

2005-09-13 Quality Control Stats

Weekly 8.5 Documentation Update

Tue, 9 Sep 2005 15:51:00 EST

Regardless of whether or not you're struggling with 8.5, the newly updated documentation can provide information that will improve your search power and make CDNameSearch more comfortable to use.

2005-09-07 Newsletter

Tue, 9 Sep 2005 15:49:00 EST

2005-09-07 Newsletter

CIPO: The (Un)Enforceability of Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

Sat, 1 Aug 2005 09:32:11 EST

"In Ontario, the courts considered the enforceability of mandatory arbitration clauses in the context of proposed class proceedings in the two cases: Huras v. Primerica Financial Services Inc. and in Kanitz v. Rogers Cable Inc [...] The amendments authorize a consumer to commence a class proceeding arising out of a consumer...

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