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Weekly Roundup of IP News - Week of August 5th - 9th

post Tuesday August 13, 2013

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Protecting Intellectual Property Rights: Customs detain €1 billion worth of fake goods at EU borders in 2012:

EU Customs detained almost 40 million products suspected of violating intellectual property rights (IPR) in 2012, according to the Commission's annual report on customs actions to enforce IPR. Although this is less than the 2011 figure, the value of the intercepted goods is still high, at nearly €1 billion. Today’s report also gives statistics on the type, provenance and transport method of counterfeit products detained at the EU's external borders.

Somebody's Watching You: Intellectual Property Thieves Targeting Business Travelers:

As if business travel isn't stressful enough, some security experts now recommend that road warriors assume they're being watched when they walk around airports, hotels and convention centers. That way, they can take measures to prevent their smartphones and laptops from becoming weapons of economic warfare and avoid being taken advantage of by a growing army of operatives working on behalf of foreign governments and competitors.

Tech Industry Leaders Appeal for Laxer Intellectual Property Laws:

Citing the needs to curb frivolous litigation in the patent system and expand safe harbor and fair use protections, tech representatives get their turn before a House panel mulling a rewrite of IP law.

Intellectual Property: How to Invest in America's Strongest Game:

It's hard to overstate the importance of intellectual property, the creative side of industry, to the United States economy - especially in an era when there is a (mistaken) perception that the United States can no longer compete.

‘Dark Intellectual Property’: Why We Need a Kickstarter for Patents:

You’ve heard of the “deep web,” the content that’s behind firewalls or paywalls or that’s otherwise un-indexable by search engines. You also may have heard of “dark social,” the vast trove of social traffic that’s invisible to most analytics programs. What you may not know about yet is “dark IP,” the intellectual property (IP) that remains on the shelf: undiscovered, unexplored, untapped

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Antigua and Barbuda Enact Sanctions Against US:

A recent decision by the United States government has generated a great deal of tension between the United States and Antigua and Barbuda. The United States recently instituted legislation that has put an end to any forms of online gambling that is conducted via websites whose servers are hosted offshore.

UK IP Bill Information:

In response to the changing environments surrounding intellectual property, the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) of the United Kingdom has worked with the House of Lords and members of Parliament to create a bill that will modernize the laws in place that deal with intellectual property.

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