Intellectual Property

Timeline of privileges regarding the commercialization and use of knowledge. Part 3: 2000 and after

This is work in progress, and is part of a larger project on timelines. This particular timeline is unfinished, and may contain errors.

Timeline of privileged regarding the commercialization and use of knowledge

Your tax dollars at work. Obama administration funding of pro-right holder NGO work on IPR protection, fy 2009

USPTO's $4 million of Congressionally Mandated Spending on intellectual property initiatives, for fy 2009

This is the USPTO list of grants for fy 2009. The $4 million in grants were used to influence global norms on IPR policy.

A new round of grants will go out soon for fy 2010, involving another $4 million of Congressionally Mandated Spending on Intellectual Property Initiatives (IPI).

US statutory compulsory licensing of protected plant varieties

The United States has a statute on compulsory licensing of protected plant varieties.

7 U.S.C. § 2404 Public interest in wide usage

Statutes mentioned in 35 USC 210 of the Bayh-Dole Act

When the Bayh-Dole Act was passed in 1980, it included a provision that identified 21 statutes over which the Act would take precedence. I have reordered them according to dates they appear to have been enacted, and provided some details of the referenced statutes.

35 U.S.C. 210 Precedence of chapter.

KEI, ICDRI, AHEAD, NYBIDA and Lighthouse file comments on WIPO treaty for reading disabilities

Today five groups filed the attached comments to the U.S. Copyright Office and the USPTO regarding the WIPO draft proposal to facilitate access to copyrighted works for persons, who are blind, have visual impairments and other reading disabilities in response to the Federal Register Notice of October 13, 2009.

The comments were signed by

  • Dr. Manon Ress, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI)

USTR Ron Kirk's September 30, 2009 Speech on Intellectual Property

USTR head Ambassador Ron Kirk made another speech on intellectual property on September 30, 2009. The text of his speech is here. Below are a few relevant quotes.

On access to medicine:

The USTR Special 301 Reports, 1989 to 2014

The USTR's Special 301 Report has been issued every year beginning in 1989. The Executive Summary of the 2009 report says:

KEI statement on adoption of Eshoo/Barton amendment

In a roll call vote, the Eshoo/Barton amendment passed by a vote of 47 to 11. A number of consumer groups are issuing statements. This is the KEI statement on the vote.

James Love, Director Knowledge Ecology International (KEI),
(+1) (202) 361-3040,

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