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Navigating an ‘excessively formalistic’ copyright regime

Canada16-02-2015Ashley Dumouchel

The Canadian Copyright Act requires that all assignments of, and grants of interest by licence in, a copyrighted work must be in writing and signed by the copyright owner or the owner’s authorised agent.

Using copyright to protect genetic sequences

South Africa16-02-2015Thomas Schmidt

The life processes of organisms are controlled, at their root, by a sort of ‘program’ that is encoded in their DNA. This program uses a common set of chemical components as symbols in its language, and translates that language in the same way for nearly all living things.

Fighting infringement via FAS

Russia16-02-2015Riikka Palmos

Enforcing intellectual property rights in Russia may be done in a number of ways, depending on the nature of the infringement. The usual venues for filing lawsuits are the common, commercial and IP courts. However, as a rule, court proceedings are lengthy, expensive and require effort from the right owner.

‘Must carry/must offer’ rules and copyright

Mexico16-02-2015Emilio Garate

Mexican authorities, particularly the Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT), have approved regulations related to the ‘must offer/must carry’ rules. These rules will apply to the retransmission of over-the-air broadcast signals by cable and direct-to-home (DTH) satellite operators.

The locus of copyright

Netherlands16-02-2015Michiel Rijsdijk

Piet Mondrian was a Dutch painter who lived from 1872 until 1944, and is famous for his cubist paintings. According to the US-based Mondrian Trust, which holds the copyright to most of Mondrian’s works, much (but not all) of the copyright expired on January 1, 2015.

Top ten developments for 2015: Spider-Man, SEPs and shoes

Australia, Brazil, China, EU, India, UK, US16-02-2015

Several interesting—and important—cases and topics will be high on IP practitioners’ radars during 2015. Here is WIPR’s roundup.

Image rights: The fame game

International, UK, US16-02-2015

How to simultaneously promote one’s image and protect one’s personal rights, especially in a social media world, is a challenge for today’s celebrities. WIPR investigates the world of image rights and the blurry line between endorsement and exploitation.

Recent developments in the Austrian IP landscape

Austria14-02-2015Peter Israiloff

Peter Israiloff describes some current topics of interest in Austrian trademarks, copyright and the Internet.

Rights in the virtual classroom

UK, US29-07-2014

Many of the world’s best universities have begun to provide courses online, offering education to anyone with access to a computer, wherever they live. But what are the best practices for ensuring the course material is protected? And who owns the rights when a lecturer leaves? WIPR considers the problems raised.

It's official: IP boosts the economy


The report on the contribution of IP-intensive industries to employment and prosperity in the member states of the EU has been welcomed, but it has also raised some interesting questions about its methodology. WIPR reports.

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