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2016 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Foreign Trade/Investment,Laws/Regulations,Property Rights

https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/2016-Out-of-Cycle-Review-Notorious-Markets.pdf

Highlights specific markets engaging in substantial copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting.  From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

 

2016 Report to Congress on China’s WTO Compliance

Categories: China,Copyright/Patents,Foreign Trade/Investment,Laws/Regulations,Property Rights,Treaties

https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/2016-China-Report-to-Congress.pdf

Describes the various ways the U.S. is working to hold China to its World Trade Organization commitments, especially in such areas as intellectual property rights enforcement,  the protection of trade secrets, and industrial policies.  From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

 

Librarian of Congress Seeks Input on Register of Copyrights

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Govt Personnel,Libraries/Museums

https://www.research.net/r/RegisterOfCopyrightsNR

Survey form which offers members of public input on the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed by the person selected to be the next register of copyrights.  The survey will be available until 1/31/17.  From the Library of Congress

 

Software-Enabled Consumer Products

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Copyright/Patents,Laws/Regulations,Property Rights

https://www.copyright.gov/policy/software/software-full-report.pdf

Explains how copyright law applies to software-enabled consumer products such as refrigerators, cars, and wireless phones.  Recommends no change to current law at present to maintain strength and stability of copyright system while also permitting legitimate uses (repair, resale, and security research) of these new products.  From the Office of the Register of Copyrights

 

Reform of the U.S. Copyright Office

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

https://judiciary.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Copyright-Reform.pdf

Proposal for reform of the Copyright Office including changing it into an independent entity within the legislative branch, making the head subject to Congressional approval, providing it with standing advisory committees, and upgrading its technology infrastructure.  Policy proposal from the House Judiciary Committee

 

Section 512 Study: Request for Additional Comments

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Laws/Regulations

https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-08/pdf/2016-26904.pdf

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

https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-27/pdf/2016-23167.pdf

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

https://www.oig.doc.gov/OIGPublications/14-0990.pdf

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

 

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