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Section 512 Study: Request for Additional Comments

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Laws/Regulations

Notice that federal regulators are seeking additional public comments on the impact and effectiveness of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act safe harbor provisions.  From the Copyright Office and the Government Publishing Office’s Federal Digital System


Copyright Office Special 1201 Study: Request for Additional Comments

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

Requests additional comments from the public in connection with its ongoing study of the operation of laws regarding the circumvention of copyright protection systems.  From the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress, posted on the Federal Register.


Investigative Report: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: Analysis of Patent Examiners’ Time and Attendance

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Govt Finance,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Statistics

Full text of the report on time and attendance abuse by patent examiners at the Patent and Trademark Office.  Identified 137,000 unsupported hours of claimed work at a cost of nearly $8.8 million in a 9 month period.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Commerce


Business Research and Development and Innovation: 2013

Categories: Business/Economics,Copyright/Patents,Science/Technology,Statistics

Offers more than 60 statistical tables on research and development expenditures by businesses operating in the U.S. and the District of Columbia.  Also includes spending for R&D staff and information on patents.  From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation


The Year in Trade 2015: Operation of the Trade Agreements Program 67th Report

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Foreign Trade/Investment,Statistics,Treaties

Annual overview of developments regarding the administration of U.S. trade laws and trade agreements.  Covers all antidumping, intellectual property rights infringement, and trade preference programs.  Also covers World Trade Organization decisions and actions, negotiations related to trade agreements, bilateral trade issues, and U.S. trade in goods and services in 2015.   From the U.S. International Trade Commission


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

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Property Rights

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

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

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


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