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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Intellectual property’

UK Government Introduces Intellectual Property Crime Unit

Late last week, spokespersons the City of London police force announced the creation of a special crime unit, one that will focus on intellectual property abuse, otherwise known as illegal file sharing. The new branch, called the Intellectual Property Crime Unit, will focus primarily on eliminating illegal peer-2-peer activities within the United Kingdom. The details of the new task force …

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A Handy CISPA Infographic Clarifies The Issues

Does the fact that companies like Facebook, Microsoft, IBM, and Intel mean that CISPA is the friendly, less intrusive version of SOPA or are these companies supporting the bill for reasons not related to intellectual property? Actually, in regards to many of the companies supporting CISPA, are doing so not for the IP protection; instead, a company like Facebook is …

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Test Your Company’s Intellectual Property Awareness

A new online tool can help small companies and entrepreneurs evaluate their awareness of intellectual property and learn how to protect it. The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP) and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) teamed up to create the IP Awareness Assessment, available at no charge at www.uspto.gov/inventors/assessment/. Intellectual property is a …

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Amendments to Canadian Copyright Law on Table

I have some potential bad news for our filesharing neighbors up North. New amendments to the Copyright Act of Canada could soon affect the future of online filesharing in that country and elsewhere. Today a special House of Commons committee is expected to review a series of technical amendments to Canada’s proposed Bill C-11, also known as the “Copyright Modernization …

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Critically Important Patent May Affect Rights And Revenue For Electronic Advertising

ICAP Patent Brokerage, the world’s largest intellectual property brokerage and patent auction firm, is offering for sale a patented method for targeting advertisements in electronic communications. The patent portfolio announced covers a broad range of communication activities including ad placement, use of user demographics, user remuneration and automated tracking. The key patent, invented by Lawrence F. Glaser and owned by …

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Is TPP Worse Than SOPA, PIPA & ACTA?

First there was SOPA, then there was PIPA. The Internet beat those back. Then along came ACTA inciting protests around the world. Up next is something far worse and far more secret – the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. For those that don’t know about TPP, which is probably a large majority of the population, it’s a treaty being devised by the …

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TPP Follows ACTA, Twitter Calls It World War Web

First there was SOPA, then there was PIPA. The Internet beat those back. Then along came ACTA inciting what many users on Twitter are calling the World War Web. Up next is something far worse and far more secret – the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Ars Technica is reporting that negotiators were to meet in Hollywood this week to discuss the …

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SOPA/PIPA: The Aftermath of Web Blackout, ACTA, & What’s Next

Even though the SOPA and PIPA bills are essentially dead, they are still getting a lot of attention. Last week, the U.S. witnessed a powerful expression from both brands and consumers that demonstrated their strong opposition to the anti-piracy bills.

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