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Pugatch Consilium at BIO 2013 Chicago

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Dr David Torstensson, Senior Consultant with Pugatch Consilium, is attending the 2013 BIO International Convention in Chicago, USA.

Dr Torstensson has been invited to speak on two panels.

Panel number 1, “The Compulsory Licensing Trend: Increased Access, or Lost Opportunities and Unintended Consequences?”, examines the economic, investment and access consequences of using compulsory licenses. Dr Torstensson will discuss the economic impact of the use of compulsory licensing focusing on the existing evidence and country examples. This event is scheduled for 2:30 PM ...

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US State Department References GIPC-Pugatch Consilium International IP Index

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Earlier this week the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security released the India 2013 Crime and Safety Report.

The report, which details the crime and safety statistics and risks for American citizens and corporations in the New Delhi area, cites research conducted by Pugatch Consilium and the GIPC center of the US Chamber of Commerce on the intellectual property climate in India. The report refers to the fact that India ranked last in the 2012 edition of the ...

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Dr David Torstensson, Pugatch Consilium Senior Consultant, speaking at US Chamber of Commerce event in Washington DC

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The US Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) is on Thursday February 21 2013 hosting a discussion of North American competiveness and innovation.

In addition to a key note speech by Ambassador John K. Veroneau the event will host a panel discussion on which Dr Torstensson will discuss the findings of the inaugural edition of the GIPC IP Index, a new cross-sectoral index of intellectual property rights authored by Pugatch Consilium and the GIPC.

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New Innovation Barometer and Scorecard

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Earlier this month GE released its third annual “Innovation Barometer”, a global survey of business leaders around the world. The survey seeks to understand how over 3,000 executives in 25 countries view innovation and how the state of innovation in their country is influencing their business decisions. Interestingly, the survey is solely of senior executives engaged in their businesses’ innovation strategies and management.

Overall the survey found that business executives are suffering from “Innovation Vertigo” – an uneasiness at the rapid ...

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Tempered Optimism Towards Chinese Business Environment – Protection of IPRs and Market Access top issues

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Earlier this month, The US-China Business Council (USCBC) released its annual survey results about China’s business environment.  The survey is conducted annually amongst USCBC’s member companies to gauge the business climate in China and assess the top challenges of doing business there.  According to the survey data, 94 percent of respondents rank China as either their top global market priority or among their top five priorities.

However, the report reveals that although US companies continue to experience sales growth and profitability ...

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Small is better? New World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report puts smaller countries on top

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Earlier this month the Word Economic Forum released its annual Global Competitiveness Report. The report ranks 144 countries across a number of areas of socio-economic performance including: macroeconomic environment; strength of public and private institutions; infrastructure; education quality; market size; and a host of others.

In terms of the rankings there are relatively few surprises; the Scandinavian countries, Switzerland, Singapore and Northern Europe do quite well with Switzerland, Singapore and Finland grabbing the top three spots. As in other indices presented this ...

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EU Seizures of IPRs infringing goods increase

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Last month the EU Commission released figures on customs seizures of counterfeit goods entering the EU during 2011. The figures show a marked increase from 2010 with over 91,000 cases and 114 million articles detained versus under 80,000 cases and 103 million articles seized in 2010. This is an increase of over 13% and 10.7% respectively. The estimated value of these goods is just under EUR1.3billion.

The major source of these goods remains China which accounted for over 70% of suspected ...

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The Patent Wars Rumble On

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The ongoing global legal battle between Apple and Samsung took a North American turn today with jury selection beginning in San Jose, California, in a $2.5billion lawsuit brought by Apple against Samsung.

The case involves patent infringement claims from both sides with Samsung countering Apple’s original infringement claims with five claims of infringement of its own.

The US case comes hot on the heels of a ruling by a British judge earlier this month that Samsung’s tablets were unlikely to be confused ...

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The Swiss on top – Global Innovation Index 2012

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Last week INSEAD Business School released the 2012 Global Innovation Index (GII), a ranking of 141 countries ability to innovate and actual innovation outputs. In terms of the rankings there are relatively few surprises; the Scandinavian countries, Switzerland, Singapore and Hong Kong all round out the top-10. Perhaps a bit more ominously the United States continues its relative slide, dropping to 10th from 7th last year. Read more about the country rankings and access the GII here

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EU Patent Breakthrough

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Late last week the European Council announced the conclusion to the negotiations on an EU wide patent. The final hurdle in a process that has been on the European agenda for over thirty years was to agree on the location the Unified Patent Court’s Central Division of the Court of First Instance.

The agreement marks a significant step forward in offering European businesses and innovators a more efficient and cost-effective means of securing patent protection for their innovations. If approved by ...

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