This Week in Intellectual Property, December 17th

This Week in Intellectual Property, December 17th

Rent Check

1. Today is Wright Brothers Day. Here’s why you shouldn’t celebrate the legacy of these inventors-cum-patent trolls.

2. Negotiations over the implementation of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market show the ability of rent-seekers to inject themselves into the debate to get carveouts that protect themselves.

News and Commentary

1. Opposition to the EU Copyright Directive gains steam. Over 4 million people have signed a petition against Article 13, and a number of countries such as Poland and Italy have also voiced strong opposition.

2. Senators Bernie Sanders and Representative Ro Khanna introduces legislation to approve generic versions of high-priced patented pharmaceuticals. If a given drug price is higher than the median price in Canada, the U.K., France, Germany and Japan, a generic version of the drug would be approved without regard to any patents already in place.

3. Book review: Copyright Law and Derivative Works. After examining literature related to psychological motivations for creativity, author Omar Rachum-Twaig argues “there should be no overlap between creative (read – useful, productive) derivative works and infringement of the reproduction right” writes Mathilde Pavis of IPKat.

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