The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that internet service providers cannot be held accountable for digital music files transmitted over their networks, dealing a blow to the music industry’s anti-piracy efforts.
Mylan Laboratories has supplemented a petition with the FDA, seeking an immediate response to its claim that branded drugmakers are unfairly undermining sales of generic drugmakers.
The European Patent Organization has made plans to establish an academy for training and education benefiting the European Patent System.
The U.S. Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit has upheld the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s refusal to register the trademark “patents.com,” ruling that adding the suffix “.com” is no different than adding terms such as “”Corp.”, “Inc.”, and “Co.”
The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that amends a section of the patent code to allow patenting of obvious variations of inventions made under joint research agreements.
An Australian parliamentary committee has urged the federal government to rewrite copyright laws to soften the impact of the planned free trade agreement with the U.S.
State legislatures across the United States are making a concerted effort to close a tax loophole that allows corporations to claim as business expenses trademark royalty payments paid to sister companies established in other states.
A new Senate bill with broad bipartisan support would expand copyright protection to outlaw popular online file-trading networks such as Kazaa and Morpheus.
A coalition of influential technology companies has launched a lobbying effort to revise a key part of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Japan and the European Union have penned an agreement to strengthen their cooperation to protect intellectual property rights in Asia.
A Texas Congressman has filed an official complaint with the House Committee on Standards and Ethics against House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, with charges that include a bribe from Bacardi USA in exchange for pushing a bill that would help in the liquor maker’s trademark dispute.
The European Community has acceded to the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Madrid Protocol on the international registration of trademarks.
Patents awarded annually for nanotechnology inventions have tripled since 1996, with 10-fold or greater increases in some areas during the past three years, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Biotech and pharmaceutical companies are patenting less but litigating more, according to a report on biotech patent trends.
A bill that would raise fees for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and halt diversion of the agency’s funds to other government programs has been stalled in the Senate amid a dispute over fee reimbursements.
Singapore has amended several laws on intellectual property to fulfill obligations made when the island nation signed a Free Trade Agreement with the U.S. last year.
A House panel has approved a tax bill that would severely limit tax deductions for industry donations of patents and other intellectual property rights to universities.
In a case with broad implications for anti-piracy law, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has ruled that DirecTV cannot use wiretapping law to sue consumers who merely possess satellite signal descramblers.
The U.S. Congress is considering a proposal to scale back on tax breaks for intellectual property transfers to charitable groups.
Consumer activists are protesting a proposal currently under review by the World Intellectual Property Organization that would extend copyright protection over broadcast signals to 50 years.