USPTO 2013 utility patent grants (notes on country of assignment, invention class, government rights in patents)Submitted by James Love on 3. January 2014 - 8:37
In 2013, the USPTO issued 277,861 utility patents, a new record in terms of the numbers of patent grants, and an increase of 9.8 percent over 2012.*
Country of Assignment
Of the total, 126,574 (45.6 percent) were assigned to a US owner, a small increase in the percent held by US entities over 2012.
Below is the final version of the conclusions from SCCR 26 (followed at the end with a short KEI commentary).
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR)
Geneva, December 20, 2013
Protection of Broadcasting Organizations
Proposed conclusions to SCCR 26
See PDF. Note that PDF has pages 2&3 out of order http://keionline.org/node/1874
Conclusions at a glance:
Item #1 At SCCR 26, Broadcasting Treaty: the proposed treaty is moving forward toward a diplomatic conference in 2015. It includes transmission over the internet. Paragraphs 1 to 10.
See PDF attachment. Note that PDF has pages 2 and 3 out of order.
SCCR 26 December 20, 2013 afternoon: workplan discussion
After 5 days of diplomatic if not collegial meetings (at least in plenary, I do not really know what is going on in informals), the last day afternoon session is quite tense. The conclusions have been drafted (I briefly saw a leaked version) and the group coordinators have met with the Chair.
KEI Statement at WIPO SCCR 26 on Limitations and Exceptions for education, research & persons with other disabilities (12/20/13)Submitted by Manon Ress on 20. December 2013 - 7:22
[as delivered orally this morning]
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
Discussions regarding an "International legal instrument in whatever form on limitations and exceptions for educational teaching and research institutions and persons with other disabilities" 12/20/13
Friday December 20, 2013 10am to 1pm
The United States of America delivered the following intervention on Exceptions and Limitations for Educational Activities at SCCR 26 on Friday morning, 20 December 2013.
United States of America
Intervention on Exceptions and Limitations for Educational Activities
SCCR/26, December 20, 2013
Lending! Hot topic here! Seriously, this is now really about the core service, function, mission of libraries: lending. For many of course this topic, this exception, is the fundamental exception that makes or break the project.
Topic #2 Reproduction and safeguarding of copies (3 to 5pm).
This morning the WIPO SCCR is going through the list of the following topics:
Topic #1 Preservation
Topic #2 Reproduction and safeguarding of copies
Topic #3 Legal Deposit
Topic #4 Library Lending
Topic #5 Parallel Importations
Topic #6 Cross-border uses
Topic #7 Orphan works, retracted and withdrawn works, and works out of commerce
Topic #8 Limitations on Liability of libraries and Archives
Topic #9 Technological Measures of Protection
Topic #10 Contract
Topic #11 Right to translate works
Here is the US intervention during the discussion on limitations and exceptions for libraries and exceptions:
On the afternoon of day 3 of SCCR 26, the proposed broadcasting treaty is finally "behind" us or at least the negotiations over the proposal are interrupted until next SCCR April 28 to May 2, 2014.
This was delivered this morning, by Shira Perlmutter of USPTO.
United States’ Opening Statement on Exceptions and Limitations SCCR 26 December 18, 2013
* The United States starts with the recognition that exceptions and limitations are a critical element of a balanced and vibrant copyright law regime.
* A combination of strong protections for authors, and appropriate exceptions and limitations on their rights, together serve to further copyright’s goals of encouraging creativity, innovation, and learning.
The following draft conclusions were distributed during the morning session (18 December 2013) of Wednesday's SCCR. There will be changes before they are approved.
CONCLUSIONS ON THE PROTECTION OF BROADCASTING ORGANIZATIONS
1. The Committee considered the working document SCCR/24/10 Corr., as well as the proposal submitted by the government of Japan, document SCCR/26/6. In addition, the Committee took note of the working document containing the proposal from the government of India.