Global Trade and IP

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IPEye Has Moved!

In just one month, IPEye has gone from renting to owning its own e-space! We are very proud to present our shiny, brand-spanking-new website at: We’d like to thank all of our readers past, present and future for the kind words of encouragement, likes, retweets and conversations. We have some very exciting developments planned … Continue reading

Senior U.S. Official Calls for More Intellectual Property Protection From China

U.S. Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs Jose W. Fernandez, called on China to devote greater resources and effort towards preventing the theft of U.S. intellectual property. Fernandez presented to a business audience in the southern Chinese city of Hong Kong, detailing the deleterious effects of intellectual property theft: “One U.S. company was the … Continue reading

Russia Amends IP Legislation Prior to Signing WTO Accession Protocol

Russian President Vladimir Putin recently signed the Accession Protocol, ratifying the agreement, thus making Russia the 154th member of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Prior to the accession, Russian intellectual property (IP) legislation was being amended to: adhere to the WTO accession requirements and; parallel international IP treaties. Copyright protection and enforcement in the digital … Continue reading

Contrary to Popular Belief, China Ain’t No Slacker in the IPR Enforcement Department

A recent article about China’s crackdown on IP piracy claims that the country’s ongoing and continuous efforts are already showing good results; when compared to the figures of last year, a definite decline in piracy has been reported. The claim seems a trifle contradictory, to say the least, mostly because there is no dearth of news on … Continue reading

Give Peace a Chance: First India-Pakistan Summit on Social Media Looks Promising

India and Pakistan, the sub-continent’s most famously turbulent nation-siblings, seem to have called a truce to see eye-to-eye on at least one issue: using social media to promote youth engagement and leadership in their respective socio-cultural, economic and political policies. The first Pakistan-India Social Media Mela, to be held in Karachi on July 13-14, 2012 … Continue reading

From Russia, Without Love (and Censorship)

About 7 months ago, English Wikipedia held a worldwide blackout on January 18, 2012, along with dozens of other Internet sites, to protest the internet bills of Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). And the move worked pretty well, since the bills are currently stalled, though bits and pieces of … Continue reading

Is the Giant Poem a Giant Ode to the Oceans of Collective Authorship?

The 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from June 20-22 came and went with the hot summer winds of June, leaving behind, among many other things, 720 voluntary commitments to promote sustainable development in all regions of the world, extremely dissatisfied women’s rights activists, and further plans … Continue reading

India’s Incredible Approach to Compulsory Licensing

In March 2012, the Indian Patent Office made waves in the seas of international patent law, by slashing the domestic prices of the cancer-treatment drug Nexavar, and by issuing the country’s first ever compulsory license to a local company to produce a generic version of the drug for the Indian market. The move has been … Continue reading

The Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances

Negotiators from WIPO’s member states signed the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances (BTAP) on June 26, 2012 at the diplomatic conference. The new treaty, which came to a successful culmination during final rounds of negotiations in Beijing, comprehensively brings audiovisual performers into the reach of the international copyright framework. BTAP stabilizes the precarious position performers … Continue reading

G8 2012: Global Streamlining as the Catalyst for Global Uniformity in the Global Economy?

The ramifications of the G8’s IPR declaration on developing economies become more fascinating as time goes by. This commentary, for instance, traces the measures that need to be adopted to ensure efficiency of processes and business development, by creating more streamlined processes along the global supply chain. The article continues to speak about the benefits … Continue reading

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