A U.N. Declaration on Ending AIDS Should Have Been Easy. It Wasn’t.

Even with U.N.’s previous goals unmet, delegates tried to water down provisions regarding protections for vulnerable populations and patents for essential drugs.

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Could Spilling Big Pharma’s Secrets Vaccinate the World?

We need more vaccines, fast. Is forcing pharmaceutical companies to share their intellectual property the answer?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #intellectual-property, #inventions-and-patents, #stockpiling, #vaccination-and-immunization

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How ViacomCBS’s Content Deals Cost U.S. Taxpayers $4 Billion

A new report details ViacomCBS’s use of a labyrinthine tax shelter to sell rights to its shows and films overseas.

#cbs-corporation, #corporate-taxes, #intellectual-property, #international-trade-and-world-market, #law-and-legislation, #media, #mission-impossible-movie, #redstone-shari, #spongebob-squarepants-cartoon-character, #tax-shelters, #taxation, #viacom-inc, #viacomcbs-inc, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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Why Vaccinating the World Against Covid-19 Will Be Hard

When President Biden joined a push to set aside patents for Covid shots, he entered a roiling debate over how to ensure poor countries get enough vaccine.

#astrazeneca-plc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #intellectual-property, #international-trade-and-world-market, #inventions-and-patents, #johnsonjohnson, #moderna-inc, #pfizer-inc, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #world-trade-organization

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What Would It Take to Vaccinate the World Against Covid?

When President Biden joined a push to set aside patents for Covid shots, he entered a roiling debate over how to ensure poor countries get enough vaccine.

#astrazeneca-plc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #intellectual-property, #international-trade-and-world-market, #inventions-and-patents, #johnsonjohnson, #moderna-inc, #pfizer-inc, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #world-trade-organization

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Biden Backs Suspending Patents on Covid Vaccines

The Biden administration, siding with some world leaders over the U.S. pharmaceutical industry, came out in favor of waiving intellectual property protections for coronavirus vaccines.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #intellectual-property, #international-trade-and-world-market, #inventions-and-patents, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-trade-organization

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Biden Confronts Coronavirus Vaccine Patents

President Biden and drugmakers are facing demands from liberal activists and global leaders to suspend intellectual property rights on the vaccines as the pandemic surges.

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Biden, the World Needs Your Help to End the Pandemic

The president should keep his promise on vaccine patents.

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The Watch Industry Lacks Transparency. That Is Changing.

Growing pressure for accountability has convinced a few brands that it is time to reveal where they obtain some of their raw materials. Will more follow?

#babin-jean-christophe, #bulgari-spa, #intellectual-property, #officine-panerai, #pruniaux-patrick, #switzerland, #ulysse-nardin, #watches-and-clocks

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2 Korean Battery Makers Settle Dispute That Threatened Biden’s Green Agenda

The settlement between LG Energy Solution and SK Innovation ensures that a battery plant in Georgia will go forward without hampering electric vehicle production.

#batteries, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #ford-motor-co, #georgia, #intellectual-property, #international-trade-and-world-market, #kemp-brian-p, #labor-and-jobs, #ossoff-jon, #tai-katherine-1974, #united-states-international-trade-commission, #united-states-politics-and-government, #volkswagen-ag

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Electric Aircraft Start-Up Accuses Rival of Stealing Its Secrets

A lawsuit by Wisk, partly owned by the Google co-founder Larry Page, says two engineers took sensitive files before joining Archer.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #archer-aviation-inc, #boeing-company, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #industrial-espionage, #intellectual-property, #inventions-and-patents, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #page-larry, #start-ups, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-airlines, #venture-capital, #wisk-aero-llc

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Rich Countries Signed Away a Chance to Vaccinate the World

Despite warnings, American and European officials gave up leverage that could have guaranteed access for billions of people. That risks prolonging the pandemic.

#astrazeneca-plc, #biontech-se, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gamaleya-research-institute-of-epidemiology-and-microbiology, #graham-barney-s-1953, #intellectual-property, #inventions-and-patents, #moderna-inc, #national-institutes-of-health, #politics-and-government, #slaoui-moncef-m, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Who Owns the Space Behind Your Airplane Seat?

In “Mine!” Michael Heller and James Salzman take a deep dive into the surprisingly fraught and hidden world of ownership law.

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Podcasting Is Booming. Will Hollywood Help or Hurt Its Future?

A frothy adaptation market is just one sign of the rapid evolution of the industry. But some worry that big money will stifle the D.I.Y. spirit that has driven much of its success.

#creative-artists-agency, #emily-cross, #gimlet-media, #iheartmedia-inc, #intellectual-property, #lory-martinez, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #mija-radio-program, #morris-lamorne-1983, #movies, #neyfakh-leon, #ostroff-dawn, #podcasts, #sirius-xm-radio-inc, #spotify, #studio-ochenta, #television, #unwanted-radio-program, #what-im-looking-at-radio-program

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From dorm rooms to board rooms: How universities are promoting entrepreneurship

Earlier this year, 15 top U.S. universities joined forces to launch a one-stop shop where corporations and startups can discover and license patents.

Working in concert, Brown, Caltech, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, the University of Illinois, Michigan, Northwestern, Penn, Princeton, SUNY Binghamton, UC Berkeley, UCLA, the University of Southern California and Yale formed The University Technology Licensing Program LLC (UTLP)  to create a centralized pool of licensable IP.

The UTLP arrives as more higher education institutions are beefing up their investment in the entrepreneurial pipeline to help more students launch startups after graduation. In some instances, schools serve as accelerators, providing students with resources and helping them connect with VCs to find seed funding.

To get a better look at the new program and more insight into the university-to-startup pipeline, we spoke to:


The UTLP initiative seems to be more focused on licensing IP to existing companies, rather than accelerating university startups.

Orin Herskowitz: The UTLP effort is really much more about licensing to the somewhat broken interface between universities and very large companies in the tech space when it comes to licensing intellectual property. But I know USC and Columbia and many of our peers, especially over the last three to seven years, have pivoted in a massive way to helping our faculty students fulfill their entrepreneurial dreams and launch startups around this exciting university technology.

The word “broken” jumped out at me. Historically, what has the problem been?

Orin Herskowitz: Universities have traditionally been a source of amazing, life-saving and life-improving inventions, for decades. There’s been a ton of new drugs and medical devices, cybersecurity improvements, and search engines, like Google, that have come out of universities over the years, that were federally funded and developed in the labs, and then licensed to either a startup or the industry. And that’s been great. At least over the last couple of decades, that interface has worked really, really well in some fields, but less well in others. So, in the life sciences, in energy, in advanced materials, in those industries, a lot of the time, these innovations that end up having a huge impact on society are based really on one or two or three core eureka moments. There’s like one or two patents that underlie an enormous new cancer drug, for instance.

In the tech space though, it’s a very different dynamic because, a lot of the time, these inventions are incredibly important and they do launch a whole new generation of products and services, but the problem is that a new device, like an iPhone, or a piece of software, might rely on dozens or even hundreds of innovations from across many different universities, as opposed to just one or two.

Obviously not every breakthrough necessitates the launch of a startup. I assume that the vast majority of these things that are coming would make the most sense to work with existing companies.

Jennifer Dyer: We’ve all had this renewed focus on innovation within the university and really helping our students and faculty that want to start companies, launch those companies. If you look at the space, helping educate our students that launching a company in a high-tech space may mean that they have to go out and acquire 100 different licenses, so maybe it doesn’t make sense. We’re going to be doing nonexclusive licensing, and it doesn’t preclude anyone from moving forward with this technology. This is probably the first pool for nonstandard essential patents in the high-tech space, which makes it somewhat unique. Because if you look back, most of the pools have been around standard essential patents.

The question of exclusivity is an interesting one. You wouldn’t grant exclusive rights for the right fee?

#caltech, #columbia, #ec-manufacturing-and-supply-chain, #ec-news-analysis, #harvard, #intellectual-property, #patents, #private-equity, #startups, #stephen-elop, #tc, #uc-berkeley, #ucla, #venture-capital, #yale

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Want Vaccines Fast? Suspend Intellectual Property Rights

Otherwise, there won’t be enough shots to go around, even in rich countries.

#astrazeneca-plc, #bayer-ag, #brazil, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #gilead-sciences-inc, #india, #intellectual-property, #inventions-and-patents, #moderna-inc, #pfizer-inc, #remdesivir-drug, #shortages, #south-africa, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-trade-organization

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Amazon expands IP Accelerator to Europe after US SMBs register 6,000 trademarks

As we head into the biggest shopping period of the year — which this year may well have an even stronger online component than usual because of Covid-19 — Amazon has launched its latest effort to combat the sale of counterfeit goods on its site.

The e-commerce giant today announced that its free IP Accelerator in now live in Europe — specifically France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands and the United Kingdom — to help SMBs selling on Amazon obtain trademarks on their intellectual property, protect their brands and tackle the sale of counterfeit goods, connecting companies with recommended legal firms to carry out work. Joining the IP Accelerator is free, while the legal aid is provided as “low-cost assistance”, with those costs coming in the form of “competitive, pre-negotiated rates,” Amazon said.

The European launch — in Amazon’s six biggest markets in Europe, covering more than 150,000 small and medium businesses selling on Amazon’s platform, which account for more than half the products sold in the region — comes just over a year after Amazon kicked off an IP Accelerator in the U.S., in October 2019.

Amazon today said that the U.S. effort has so far yielded 6,000 trademark applications submitted to the US Patent and Trademark Office by SMBs working through the program.

Amazon has long struggled with counterfeit and other illicit items sold through its marketplace — which brings in third-party sellers and is built on the very concept of economies of scale, offering a vast array of choices to shoppers, and the IP Accelerator comes on the heels of a lot of other proactive efforts to battle the situation.

They have included Amazon filing a number of lawsuits — both on its own and in partnership with others, and most recently, just this month, being the plaintiff in a case that interestingly extended outside its own platform to target online influencers.

It also has built a lot of technology also to help track and spot illicit goods.

And it’s working with government authorities, most recently in an initiative to halt the import of counterfeit inventory before it gets sold or delivered to buyers.

It’s a Sisyphean task in some regards: Amazon’s growth means more sellers, and more goods to triage, and more chances for dodgy items. But it’s one that is very much in Amazon’s interest to get right: if it can’t protect IP, the best brands will stay away, and consumers will start to lose confidence in the platform, too.

That’s where initiatives like the IP Accelerator come in, where the idea is that it gives sellers who are smaller more direct control over their own brand destinies. The focus on SMBs is very specific and not just because of their collective selling power on Amazon. They are most often not in full possession of their legal options, and perhaps also worried about the costs of getting involved in trademarking, with a recent report from the European Intellectual Property Office finding that just 9% of SMBs have registered IP rights, versus 36% of larger companies.

“We know from our conversations with small business owners that there is often confusion about why IP rights are important and how sellers can secure them,” said Francois Saugier, Vice President for EU Seller Services, Amazon, in a statement. “As part of our broader commitment to supporting small businesses, we have set up IP Accelerator to make the IP registration process as easy and as affordable as possible for entrepreneurs in the early days of their businesses.”

In addition to legal assistance, SMBs in the program can join the Amazon’s Brand Registry, which currently covers some 350,000 brands and gives them ways to manage and track their brands, using automated algorithms built by Amazon to proactively track for potential copycats and other trademark criminals.

The business of providing services to SMBs on the platform is an interesting one.

We’ve seen a number of startups emerge in recent times that are looking to acquire and roll up the best of the SMBs that sell on Amazon with big ambitions of their own.

Their plans are to use economies of scale to run these businesses better, with better supply-chain management, marketing, IP control and more. That strategy is predicated on the fact that those small businesses are finding it a challenge to take their enterprises to the next level on their own.

In that regard, Amazon’s IP Accelerator potentially gives those smaller sellers another helping hand to stay independent (or at least grow their businesses enough to catch the attention of these consolidators).

“Great ideas are the core of every good business. Turning those ideas into a reality relies on IP,” said Pippa Hall, director of Innovation and Chief Economist at the UK’s Intellectual Property Office, said in a statement. “Understanding, protecting and getting the most out of your IP is a crucial ingredient of success. A good IP strategy should sit at the heart of every good business plan.”

#amazon, #counterfeit, #ecommerce, #intellectual-property

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Biden’s China Policy? A Balancing Act for a Toxic Relationship

As president, Joe Biden will face deep dilemmas, and a lot of unfinished business, stemming from President Trump’s multiyear onslaught against China.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #factories-and-manufacturing, #intellectual-property, #presidential-election-of-2020, #quantum-computing, #united-states-economy, #united-states-international-relations

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W.T.O. Says American Tariffs on China Broke Global Trade Rules

A World Trade Organization panel said Tuesday that the United States violated its rules by imposing tariffs on China in 2018, drawing an angry response from the Trump administration.

#customs-tariff, #intellectual-property, #international-trade-and-world-market, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #world-trade-organization

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Star Technologist Who Crossed Google Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison

Anthony Levandowski, a onetime star Silicon Valley engineer of self-driving cars, had pleaded guilty to stealing trade secrets.

#automobiles, #computers-and-the-internet, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #google-inc, #industrial-espionage, #intellectual-property, #levandowski-anthony, #uber-technologies-inc, #waymo

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May the Fourth Be With Disney (Terms and Conditions Apply)

When Disney asked “Star Wars” fans to share their favorite memories of the franchise using the hashtag #MayThe4th, it said responses would fall under its terms of use agreement. Social media users were scathing.

#advertising-and-marketing, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #disney-plus, #intellectual-property, #social-media, #star-wars-movie, #twitter, #walt-disney-company

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The Difference Between Copyrights, Trademarks and Patents

Whether you’re an inventor, a writer or an artist, you need to know what these each mean — and which you need to protect your work.

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