Growing the paid-for music market in Asia

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New initiatives to reduce unauthorized, free access to music that mirror efforts in developed countries are springing up in India and Vietnam.

Saavn, a digital music service for Bollywood and regional Indian music, which offers an ad-supported free service as well as a premium offline service, is much like Spotify. Saavn has licensed more than 1 million tracks and has launched a mobile app aimed at growing users in India as well as in other countries where Indian music is popular, ...

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Professor Meir Pugatch speaking at WIPO/UNECE event

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Professor Meir Pugatch will speak at an inter-regional seminar on the economic issues of intellectual property rights organized by a partnership of the World Intellectual Property Organization, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and the Israel Patent Office. The event will take place September 11-12, 2012 in Jerusalem. Prof. Pugatch will discuss the economics of IPRs in the 21st century and whether there is need for a paradigm shift in IP policy, with a special focus on the case ...

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Plain packaging debate moves on from Australia

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The High Court of Australia has ruled that the new plain packaging law for tobacco products is not unconstitutional, despite a challenge from tobacco companies that it will breach the exercise of their trademark rights. The court will release a full judgement at a later date.

The law, which mandates that all cigarettes be sold in nondescript packages, is scheduled to come into force on December 1, 2012.

However, the debate on plain packaging and its implications for intellectual property rights is ...

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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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Pugatch Consilium Coverage in Nature

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Pugatch Consilium’s recent report, Taking Stock: the Gains of Global Biotechnology Research from IPRs, which examines the relationship between IPRs, biotechnology research and economic growth in emerging markets (released at the BIO convention yesterday) was covered extensively in an online posting by Nature Magazine.
To access the article please click here

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Launch of new global survey and index by Pugatch Consilium

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The Pugatch Consilium has launched a new global survey of biopharmaceutical executives on countries’ competitiveness for investment.

The objective of the Biopharmaceutical Competitiveness and Investment (BCI) Survey is to provide a comprehensive snapshot of different countries’ attractiveness for biopharmaceutical investment, derived from the firsthand knowledge of executives and experts operating in each country. Using statistical analysis, respondents’ answers are translated into a quantitative index or score, which is then used to rank countries and benchmark their performance vis à vis other countries. Ultimately, ...

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