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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 12:36 pm

IPO COMMENTS ON INCLUDING DIGITAL SEQUENCE INFORMATION IN CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY AND NAGOYA PROTOCOL

Last Friday IPO Executive Director MARK LAUROESCH sent a letter to the United Nations’ Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) concerning the potential implications of including digital sequence information on genetic resources for the three objectives of the CBD, and for the objective of the Nagoya Protocol. CBD’s three objectives are to: 1) conserve biological diversity, 2) have sustainable use of its components, and 3) provide appropriate access to genetic resources with the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of their use (ABS). The Nagoya Protocol’s objective is to provide a transparent legal framework for the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of the use of genetic resources.

Although IPO generally supports these principles, IPO opposes proposals to include digital genetic sequence information within the scope of genetic resources covered by the CBD or Nagoya Protocol because of “the impracticality of verifying and enforcing the proposed new scope of the regulations and the strong possibility that conditioning access to genetic sequence data on undefined benefit-sharing obligations would lead to a reduction in sharing of information, and ultimately, the benefits received by the rest of the world.” IPO’s Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge Committee assisted with preparing the letter. Committee Chair is MANISHA DESAI (Eli Lilly and Co.). Vice Chair is BILL WARREN (Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP).

ONLINE BRAND POLICING AND ENFORCEMENT DISCUSSED AT IPO’S ANNUAL MEETING

A session on “Online Brand Policing and Enforcement” will be held during the 2017 IPO Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California from 17-19 September. PHILIP YU (DuPont), CORINA DAVIS (Red Bubble, Ltd.), Prof. FREDERICK MOSTERT (University of Oxford), and BRITTANY SHAW (MarkMonitor) will address current and “next generation” practices in combating online brand abuse, including a discussion about brand protection and enforcement strategies. Topics will include hard-to-address problems and potential developing hot spots in the online counterfeit world; the ever-changing or hidden ownership for online counterfeit vendors; new technologies, techniques, or strategic approaches that could push the envelope; use of big data and artificial intelligence to collect information for speedy online take-down actions; and how to leverage U.S. Customs recordation and training opportunities. Panelists will also discuss online success stories and “bright spots” in this evolving space.

IP IN THE MASS MEDIA

PETA, Photographer Settle Lawsuit on “Monkey Selfie”

On Monday CNN reported that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and photographer DAVID SLATER settled a lawsuit concerning who owned the copyright in a selfie photograph taken by a crested macaque monkey on Slater’s camera.

WeWork Files Trademark Suit against UrWork in U.S.

Yesterday Bloomberg Technology reported that shared office startup WeWork Cos. sued UrWork for trademark infringement in the United States, accusing its Chinese rival of copying parts of the WeWork name and logo. WeWork sued UrWork in the U.K. in August, accusing the company of “passing off,” or misrepresenting its business as associated with WeWork’s.