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  • Make or break for Community patent

    October 20, 2008

    European Commissioner Charlie McCreevy said last week that progress on patent reform “requires the acceptance of political realities and pragmatic solutions”

  • Copyright levy forum to focus on grey market

    September 15, 2008

    The issue of free-riders and the menace of the grey market will be the focus of the first meeting of the copyright levy forum when it meets on Wednesday this week

  • Taiwan to change compulsory licensing rules

    September 01, 2008

    Taiwan's Intellectual Property Office is to amend the compulsory licensing provisions of its Patent Law after a long-running dispute between a local CD maker and Philips finally ended

  • Copyright boost in Europe

    September 01, 2008

    Ninety-five years is enough time to play the same four-minute piece of music more than 12.5 million times

  • Commission cracks down on collecting societies

    July 21, 2008

    The European Commission has ordered collecting societies in member states to reform the way they collect and distribute royalties, following an antitrust investigation

  • Musicians welcome plan to extend copyright term in Europe

    July 21, 2008

    The music industry has warmly welcomed the European Commission’s proposal to pass a directive to extend the copyright term for performers from 50 to 95 years

  • Domain name system set for expansion

    June 23, 2008

    The body that regulates internet domain names is set to permit the creation of an unlimited number of new top-level domains this week

  • Commission resumes copyright levy talks

    June 02, 2008

    The way in which a reasonable copyright levy is calculated could be harmonized in the EU, following a public hearing last week

  • Record Customs seizures in EU in 2007

    May 20, 2008

    Customs seized 43,000 cases of counterfeit goods at the EU borders last year, according to statistics published yesterday by the European Commission

  • MEPs reject net ban for illegal downloaders

    April 14, 2008

    Members of the European Parliament last week criticized policies designed to criminalize people who download music illegally even when they do not intend to make money from their actions


  • Pharma firms to face EU Commission inquiry

    February 01, 2008

    A European Commission investigation into competition practices in the pharmaceutical industry could dramatically shake up patent, licensing and litigation practices


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