China Moving Toward Stronger Intellectual Property Protections

CNN is reporting that China is investigating stronger measures to protect intellectual property rights. Intellectual property (IP) has been one of the battlegrounds in the U.S. and China’s trade war. China has a long history of lax IP protections, especially…

Five Eyes Sign Intelligence Agreement to Target China

The Five Eyes gained worldwide attention and notoriety in the wake of the Snowden revelations. The Five Eyes is an intelligence alliance comprised of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The agencies of the five countries…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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 –…

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.