The IIPA, the lead U.S. lobbyist on international IP matters, has issued a press release on the USTR Special 301 report, welcoming the inclusion of Canada on the Priority Watch List. Yet the release inadvertently demonstrates why the designation is so absurd. Included at the end are the estimated software piracy percentages for each country on the list. While the BSA claims are themselves subject to challenge, compare Canada to the remainder of the list. Canada comes in at 32%. The remaining countries (no rates are listed for Algeria, Israel, or Venezuela):
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Days ahead of the release of the USTR Special 301 report that will undoubtedly criticize Canada over its intellectual property laws, Trade Minister Stockwell Day met in Washington with the head of the USTR, Ron Kirk. A USTR release on the meeting confirms that IP issues was one of the […]
Jamie Love tweets that the USPTO is currently offering $4 million in funding to promote fair intellectual property protection internationally.
World Intellectual Property Day is set for next Tuesday, April 21st and Senator Joseph Day is once again coordinating an event on Parliament Hill. This year, however, MPs and Senators will be joined by members of both IPIC and the Chamber of Commerce's CIPC. The Chamber's IP Council is an […]
Kim Weatherall notes that Australia has launched another intellectual property consultation, with comments due in early May. While some criticize the failure to enact Canadian IP reforms, it is the failure to consult Canadians – while countries like Australia repeatedly ask for public views – that is particularly discouraging.