Monthly Archives: October 2012

Standard Setting Body May Be Liable For Antitrust Violations Of Member-Leaders

A federal judge in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania declined to dismiss antitrust claims filed against a standards setting organization (SSO) and its participants. TruePosition, Inc. v. LM Ericsson Telephone Co., No. 11-4574 E.D. Pa. Oct. 4, 2012). The plaintiff, a technology developer, claimed that … Continue reading

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Panama Assembly Approves Nagoya Protocol on Genetic Resources

By enacting Law No. 57 of October 4, 2012, the National Assembly of the Republic of Panama approved the Central American nation’s accession to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits … Continue reading

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Seeds Secrets Suit Survives: Seed Tech Trade Secrets Ruling

A Wisconsin federal court held that a grass seed company called Encap, LLC stated a valid claim for trade secrets misappropriation against a competitor that allegedly obtained a confidential Encap memorandum describing its strategic business plan and anticipated new seed … Continue reading

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In Spain, Yet Another Jail Sentence For Plant Variety Rights Infringement

According to an article published this week in La Voz Digital, a court in the Andalusian port city of Algeciras recently sentenced an individual to six months in prison for criminally infringing plant variety rights in the carnation variety known … Continue reading

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In Spain, Plant Breeders’ Rights Criminal Cases Draw Fines, Jail Terms, Acquittal

In several separate judicial proceedings this year, Spanish courts have handled prosecutions for alleged criminal infringements of plant breeders’ rights. This article briefly reviews five cases in which courts imposed fines and prison terms, and one case upholding a finding … Continue reading

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Nicaraguan Congress Approves Biological Diversity Law

On September 5, 2012, the National Assembly of Nicaragua approved a new Law for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity. Dictamen de Proyecto de Ley de Conservación y Utilización Sostenible de la Diversidad Biológica. The law implements provisions … Continue reading

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European Commission Proposes to Implement Nagoya Protocol

Yesterday the European Commission proposed adoption of a regulation to implement the Nagoya Protocol Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity.  COM(2012) 576 final, 2012/0278 … Continue reading

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