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Intellectual Property: Patent Office Should Strengthen Search Capabilities and Better Monitor

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Property Rights

http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/678149.pdf

Describes the challenges in identifying “prior art” (existing patents), describes how foreign patent offices have treated this problem, and reviews what the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is doing to resolve the challenges.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

A Patent/Innovation Box as a Tax Incentive for Domestic Research and Development

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Science/Technology,Taxes

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44522.pdf

Describes current tax incentives for research, the reason for subsidizing research and development, and the potential effects upon innovation of patent/innovation boxes.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Section 108: Draft Revision of the Library and Archives Exceptions in U.S. Copyright Law

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Laws/Regulations,Libraries/Museums

https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2016-13426.pdf

As part of the current copyright review process in Congress, this notice invites interested parties to propose/discuss potential revisions relating to library and archives exceptions to current copyright law.  Cites, as possible topics, provisions concerning copies for users, security measures, public access, and third-party outsourcing.  From the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress

 

Mandatory Deposit of Electronic Books and Sound Recordings Available Only Online

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Laws/Regulations,Libraries/Museums

https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-17/pdf/2016-11613.pdf

Seeks comments on expanding 6 year old interim rule about mandatory deposit of electronic works not available in a physical format.  The intent is to expand mandatory deposit to ebooks and sound recordings.  From the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress

 

Open Data Portal

Categories: Copyright/Patents

https://developer.uspto.gov/

In four sections: patent and trademark data sets; visualizations created from patent and trademark datasets; a community site for developers and consumers of USPTO open data; and a library of APIs (coming soon).  From the Patent and Trademark Office of the Commerce Department

 

2016 Special 301 Report

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Foreign Trade/Investment,Headlines,Property Rights,Treaties

https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/USTR-2016-Special-301-Report.pdf

Annual U.S.publication on the global state of intellectual property rights protection and enforcement.  Discusses areas of progress and countries, such as China, placed on the Watch List because of trade secret theft, online piracy, and counterfeiting.  From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

 

What’s on Television? The Intersection of Communications and Copyright Policies

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Laws/Regulations,Property Rights,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44473.pdf

Reviews the evolution of programming since the 1950s, the regulatory structure that was created to protect property rights and promote competition, and whether that regulatory structure needs major changes in the age of online video distributors.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Cambridge University Press et al v. Georgia State University

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Education-Higher,Property Rights,Supreme Court/courts

http://policynotes.arl.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/DKT-No.-510-Order-dated-2016_03_31.pdf

Ruling of the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Georgia on the publisher lawsuit against Georgia State University over alleged copyright infringement relating to e-reserves.  Finds that 41 of the 48 cases were non-infringing fair uses.  From the Association of Research Libraries

 

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