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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

 

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

 

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.

 

Evolution of the Meaning of “Waters of the United States” in the Clean Water Act

Categories: Environment,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources,Property Rights,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44585.pdf

Examines how widely to interpret the phrase “Waters of the U.S.” which has no clear definition in the Clean Water Act.  The Commerce Clause is cited as the constitutional basis for regulating water quality, but recent court decisions have cited limitations to that authority.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

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

 

Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co.

Categories: Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources,Property Rights,Supreme Court/courts

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/15-290

Unanimous Supreme Court decision that limits the ability of federal regulators to determine what land is protected by the Clean Water Act.  At issue in the case was whether companies could take the regulators to court without having to first seek expensive permits.  From the Legal Information Institute of Cornell University

 

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

 

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