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[News] Intellectual Monopoly Heads Show Their Total Hypocrisy, Irrationality

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EU Report Finds Fault With US Barriers To IP 

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| The European Commission on Monday released a report finding fault with a 
| number of United States practices related to intellectual property rights 
| policy, on copyright, geographical indications, trademarks and patents. The 
| report is an answer, one might say, to the annual US Special 301 report that 
| criticises US trading partners it deems unilaterally to be insufficiently 
| protecting its companies’ IP rights.      
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| And on patents, the US government frequently fails to comply with Article 31 
| of the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights 
| (TRIPS), which requires governments that use patents to promptly inform the 
| patent right holders, the EU said. This means the right holders are likely to 
| miss the opportunity to initiate an administrative claim process.     




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| More than 20 years after medical expert systems were first developed, the
| USPTO issued two patents simply on the concept of using a computer to help
| physicians choose medical treatments. A company that purchased these patents
| claims that "the diagnosis and treatment of most chronic diseases will fall
| under the claims of these patents." Already it has filed patent infringement
| suits against seven companies in three years and it threatened to sue a
| university for hosting a freely available HIV database. Perhaps most
| startling of all, that same university -- where much of the seminal research
| on expert systems took place -- entered into a licensing agreement intended
| to limit the use of the HIV database, which had been created by one of its
| own faculty.


Do Patents Kill? A Strange Twist in the Ramkumar vs Samsung Saga

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| A number of papers report that a death in Chennai could be connected with the
| ongoing Ramkumar vs Samsung (and others) patent litigation, a litigation that
| we have been tracking on this blog.

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