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Earl Gregg Swem Library

2014 Special 301 Report

Categories: China,Copyright/Patents,Foreign Trade/Investment,India,indonesia,Property Rights,Treaties,Turkey

Annual report on the importance of intellectual property rights protection and enforcement.  Places10 nations on the Priority Watch List and 27 others on the Watch List.  Countries such as China, India, Indonesia, Thailand, and Turkey have been listed every year since the reports began 25 years ago.  From the  Office of the U.S. Trade Representative


Wetlands: An Overview of Issues

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources,Property Rights

Describes what wetlands are and the controversies that have arisen in regard to federal regulations, especially those targeted to private lands.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by National Agricultural Law Center


Estimating the Holdout Problem in Land Assembly

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Property Rights,Supreme Court/courts,Urban Issues

Takes the Supreme Court’s decision in Kelo v. New London, a case involving the use of eminent domain to create a parcel for private development, to examine whether private holdouts justify the use of public powers by examining before and after land values.  From the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve


In the Matter of Certain Electronic Devices .. Notice of the Commission’s Final Determination

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Headlines,Property Rights,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

Agency ruling that Apple violated Samsung patents in developing iPhones and iPads and bans the company from further sales of older devices that work on AT&T’s Wireless network.  From the U.S. International Trade Commission


2013 Special 301 Report [on Intellectual Property Rights]

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


Reviews annually the adequacy and effectiveness of U.S. trading partners’ protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights.  Targets Ukraine and China for special attention due to deterioration of enforcement and misappropriation of trade secrets.  From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative


Integration of Drones into Domestic Airspace: Selected Legal Issues

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Property Rights,Transportation

Discusses legal issues relating to privacy, property rights, trespassing, and airspace ownership in regard to the use of pilotless drones in U.S. airspace.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


The Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Claims of Property Rights “Takings”

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Laws/Regulations,Property Rights

This report outlines the ESA provisions most relevant to the act’s impacts on private property and surveys the major ESA-relevant principles of Fifth Amendment takings law.  The report then summarizes court decisions on whether particular government actions based on the ESA “take” private property.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Follow-On Biologics: The Law and Intellectual Property Issues

Categories: Antitrust/Monopoly,Copyright/Patents,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Property Rights

Examines the market for medical preparations derived from living organisms, the lack of competition from generic drugs, the reasons for different treatment of biologics, and the legislative attempts to promote competition.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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