Pirate Party Fills Three Ministerial Positions in New Czech Government

TorrentFreak

Pirate Party Enters Czech Government. After several weeks of formation discussions, the party changed its opposition role for a spot in the Government. This is the first time in history that a Pirate Party forms part of a government coalition, which is a major achievement.

Mechanisms, Governance, and Policy Impact of SEP Determination Approaches

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2021 to 2025: The Incoming German Government’s Agenda for Digital Regulatory Compliance

JD Supra Law

On December 7, 2021, the incoming German government signed its coalition agreement for the 2021 to 2025 tenure. The agreement sets the policy agenda for the new government, consisting of Social Democrats, Greens, and Liberals, and led by Olaf Scholz as chancellor.

The (Still Secret) Online Harms Consultation: What the Government Heard, Part One

Michael Geist

The results of this summer’s online harms consultation remains largely shrouded in secrecy as the Canadian government still refuses to disclose the hundreds of submissions it received.

UK Government responds to DCMS Music Streaming Inquiry recommendations

The IPKat

The Government has now published its response to these recommendations, which is summarised below, the potential impact of the recommendations was considered in this previous post here. The Government has also engaged with Ofcom.

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The Liberal Election Platform: Government Picks Internet Regulation Over Internet Affordability

Michael Geist

This is surely not a coincidence since the government’s digital policies have long been designed to curry favour in Quebec, even at risk of angering voters in the rest of Canada. For a government once elected on greater consultation, running what amount to fake consultations is shameful.

The (Still Secret) Online Harms Consultation: What the Government Heard, Part Two

Michael Geist

Last week, I posted on the results of this summer’s online harms consultation , which remains shrouded in secrecy as the Canadian government still refuses to disclose the hundreds of submissions it received.

FRANCE.COM: Trademark Transferred to French Government without Recourse in US Courts

Patently-O

When you visit the website france.com , you’ll be quickly redirected to the French government’s explore-France travel site: france.fr. But, the US-company France.com, Inc. believes that the country stole the.com site.

Government Jawboning Doesn’t Turn Internet Services into State Actors–Doe v. Google

Technology & Marketing Law Blog

The court says: The Court finds that the statements by federal lawmakers Plaintiffs point to are insufficient to plead that the government “commanded a particular result in, or otherwise participated in, [Plaintiffs’] specific case.” Government Nexus.

The Federal Government Should Reinstate the 2019 Policy Statement on Standard Essential Patents

IP Watchdog

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High Court Asks U.S. Government for Input on Petition Accusing CAFC of Violating Seventh Amendment

IP Watchdog

Courts Federal Circuit Government IP News IPWatchdog Articles Litigation Patents US Supreme Court CAFC intellectual property O2 Micro International Ltd. The U.S.

The Government of Canada establishes the College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents

IPilogue

Balancing the improvement of the Canadian IP ecosystem with maintaining low costs for clients and business thriving for agents is difficult; the Government is faced with an unprecedented IP ecosystem problem. Christian Bekking is a 3L J.D.

Data Governance Act. Blowing away barriers to accessing data held by public entities

JD Supra Law

The European Union has already enacted several Directives to allow (or mandate) the possibility for companies to access and re-use the data held by EU public administrations in the European Union.

World Kung Fu Governing Body Uses Copyright Law to Hunt Down YouTube Critics

TorrentFreak

According to a judgment published by the Federal Court of Australia this week, the International Wushu Federation (IWUF) – the world governing body for kung fu – is attempting to identify the person who posted allegedly copyright-infringing videos to YouTube.

Picking Up Where Bill C-10 Left Off: The Canadian Government’s Non-Consultation on Online Harms Legislation

Michael Geist

The Canadian government released its plans yesterday for online harms legislation with a process billed as a consultation, but which is better characterized as an advisory notice, since there are few questions, options or apparent interest in hearing what Canadians think of the plans.

Does the First Amendment Permit Government Actors to Manage Social Media Comments?–Tanner v. Ziegenhorn

Technology & Marketing Law Blog

The court’s ruling raises interesting, but troubling, questions about any government actor’s ability to enable reader comments on social media. The actual details are opaque to all government actors and out of their control.

COP26 – The UK Government's preparation to date

Herbert Smith Freehills

This trend has continued to the present day, with the UK Government (the Government ) in April announcing a leading emissions target of 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels – aiming to further support efforts to achieve the UK's legally binding net zero target for 2050.

It’s Not Esoteric: Absent Ambiguity, Plain Contractual Language Governs

JD Supra Law

Rudimentary principles of contract law stipulate that words in a contract that are plain and free from ambiguity must be understood in their usual and ordinary sense.

COP26 – The UK Government's preparation to date

Herbert Smith Freehills

This trend has continued to the present day, with the UK Government (the Government ) in April announcing a leading emissions target of 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels – aiming to further support efforts to achieve the UK's legally binding net zero target for 2050.

Fed. Circ. Backs Toss Of MRI Patent Suit Against Government

IP Law 360

government over a patent on MRI technology The Federal Circuit Friday summarily affirmed a decision by the U.S. Court of Federal Claims dismissing an infringement suit lodged by NeuroGrafix against the U.S.

Call for Applications: Research Positions at Center for Communication Governance (CCG) at NLU, Delhi

SpicyIP

We’re pleased to inform you that the Centre for Communication Governance at the National Law University Delhi is inviting applications for various research positions. About the Centre for Communication Governance.

COP26 – The Australian Government's preparation to date

Herbert Smith Freehills

The Australian Government has not committed to Net Zero 2050 but framed Australia’s commitment to the IEA COP26 Net Zero Summit held on 1 April 2021 (Aus time) as: The Australian Government is firmly committed to getting to net zero as soon as possible and preferably by 2050.

COP26 – The Australian Government's preparation to date

Herbert Smith Freehills

2 The Government has stated Australia is on track to achieve this target, with an expected reduction of 30 to 35% by 2030. On 26 October 2021, the Australian Government released its policy document Australia’s whole-of-economy Long-Term Emissions Reduction Plan (the Plan ).

Government Must Reform the ITC to Keep Pace with Innovation and Curb Trolls

IP Watchdog

In 2001, six years before the iPhone appeared, a futurist named Ray Kurzweil wrote that humankind would cram 20,000 years of technological progress into the century that had just begun.

Florida and Its Amici Try to Justify Government Censorship in the 11th Circuit–NetChoice v. Moody

Technology & Marketing Law Blog

Not only are they actively campaigning for unconstitutional government censorship, but for reasons detailed in the article, the laws would decrease, not increase, “free speech” online.

ESA Reports Game Piracy, File-Hosting and Cheating Sites To US Government

TorrentFreak

In response to a request from the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR), the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has submitted a list of so-called ‘Notorious Markets’ to the US government.

The First Offer Should Be Unreasonable – and Other Oddities of Government Contracting

Patently-O

2021) involves a bid-protest regarding a government contract. And so when an offeror proposes a price that is unreasonably high (so as to preclude an award), the government must discuss that unreasonableness with the offeror, potentially giving it a chance to revise its proposal to fix what may have went wrong. If the price is too high yet not unreasonable, the government need not discuss it and the offeror need not get another try. by Dennis Crouch .

Tracking the Submissions: What the Government Heard in its Online Harms Consultation (Since It Refuses to Post Them)

Michael Geist

” Keeping the results of the consultation is secret is incredibly damaging, raising further questions about whether the government plans to incorporate the feedback or simply march ahead with an extreme, deeply flawed proposal.

Licensing Your Patents? Make Sure the Federal Government Pays Its Fair Share.

JD Supra Law

But the parties to such agreements frequently fail to account for the licensee’s sales to the federal government, and that oversight can have a substantial impact on the overall transaction.

What To Include In Orders Governing Remote Arbitration

IP Law 360

When conducting remote arbitration, attorneys should negotiate written orders that spell out clear rules on technology accommodations, document handling, witness readiness and other key considerations to ensure parties' rights are protected and the neutral's time is not wasted, say Matthew Williams and Christina Sarchio at Dechert

Failure to Balance Freedom of Expression and Protection from Online Harms: My Submission to the Government’s Consultation on Addressing Harmful Content Online

Michael Geist

The government’s consultation on its proposed approach to address harmful content online concluded over the weekend. Moreover, the government has indicated that these rules apply only to OCSs, identifying Facebook, Youtube, TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter as examples.

The Canadian Government’s Groundhog Day Copyright Consultations: The Never-Ending Lobbying Battle for Website Blocking and Weakened User Rights Continues

Michael Geist

Successive Canadian governments conducted extensive copyright consultations in 2010 (leading to the 2012 reforms to the law) and again in 2018.

Government publishes legislation programme for Autumn 2021

LexBlog IP

The Government has published its legislation programme for Autumn 2021. The government also approved the integration of the Broadcasting (Amendment) Bill into the OSMR Bill. In 2016, the government published a policy document discussing why this area of law needs to be amended (discussed here ). Bills enacted since Government came into Office on 27 June 2020.

Can the U.S. Government Use Patents to Address the Coronavirus?

JIPEL Copyright Blog

Last semester I worked with NYU Law’s Technology Law and Policy Clinic to publish a Guide to Government Patent Use under 28 U.S.C. government could begin “using” privately owned patents to increase access to necessary technologies, like life-saving drugs and medical supplies. § 1498 gives broad immunity to government actors and third parties who use or manufacture patented technology, so long as their use is “by” and “for” the U.S. government.

Commerce Ranks in Top Five Places to Work in Federal Government for Ninth Consecutive Year

U.S. Department of Commerce

Commerce Ranks in Top Five Places to Work in Federal Government for Ninth Consecutive Year. Recently, the Partnership for Public Service released the 2020 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings.

SCOTUS Grants Government’s Request to Participate in Case Interpreting PRO IP Act Language on Copyright Invalidation

IP Watchdog

Copyright Copyright Litigation Courts Government IP News IPWatchdog Articles Litigation US Supreme Court copyright copyright invalidation Copyright Office copyrights intellectual property PRO-IP Act Register of Copyrights SCOTUS Unicolors v. The U.S.

Please share nicely — From Database directive to Data (governance) acts

Kluwer Copyright Blog

Much bigger pressures come from the 2019 Open data and public sector information directive , the 2020 proposal for a Data governance regulation , and the still to be announced proposal for a Data Act. Stage II: The Data Governance Act. But the Data governance act would do more.

The Law Bytes Podcast, Episode 99: “They Just Seemed Not to Listen to Any of Us” – Cynthia Khoo on the Canadian Government’s Online Harms Consultation

Michael Geist

She joins the Law Bytes podcast in a personal capacity to discuss the government’s consultation and her recent report.

Moderna on IP collision course with US government

IAM Magazine

The company is at loggerheads with National Institutes of Health over inventorship of crucial covid vaccine technology. Analysis Analysis: Legal Analysis: Policy Law & Policy Litigation Patents Technology Licensing

Federal Government Will Speak in H&M Copyright Case

IP Law 360

Supreme Court said Monday that the federal government can participate in oral arguments in a fabric designer's copyright dispute against fast-fashion giant H&M The U.S.

Germany’s new government is the last hope for covid IP waiver advocates

IAM Magazine

A post-Merkel change of approach by the country’s recently agreed traffic light coalition government could change the momentum of TRIPS suspension talks – but don’t bet on it.

Bi-Partisan Infrastructure Bill Includes Cybersecurity Funding for Local Governments

LexBlog IP

Senate includes up to $1 billion in funding to state and local governments to enhance cybersecurity measures over four years. The bi-partisan infrastructure bill presently being debated in the U.S. The proposed funding would create a grant program to benefit state and local cybersecurity programs, which would be administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency with in-put from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

Legislation Would Bolster ITC Power Against Foreign Government-Sponsored Trade Secret Misappropriation

LexBlog IP

” While the bill’s name indicates that it is targeted towards the Chinese government, it would function to exclude any item incorporating or benefitting from foreign government-sponsored trade secret misappropriation. A recently introduced U.S.