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2008

 

U.S. Chamber's Intellectual Property initiative

In Europe U.S. Chamber is engaged in several broad areas:

    • building a 'virtual network' of businesses, think tanks, and academia who can leverage a common pro-Intellectual Property (hereafter to be known as 'IP') message with EU governments, political parties, international organizations, the media and in developing markets.


     

    • generating a discussion on emerging IP issues. In this regard, U.S. Chamber wants to draw your attention to a new blog that was created on the Euractiv website 'blogactiv' (www.euractiv.com). Feel free to comment on what is written, the idea is to get people talking.  The direct link to the blog is http://kalley.blogactiv.eu


    • leading an effort to combat the erosion of IP rights (the so-called 'next generation' IP issues). A number of development NGOs and several developing economies are trying to create a movement which undermines the patent system as a means for companies to innovate and create new products that can bring solutions to society.  At this time, there are 3 main areas of concern: 1) medical technologies particularly in the World Health Organization; 2) environmental and energy saving technologies within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change discussions; and 3) agriculture products such as seeds which are 'climate ready' and formulated to withstand intense heat and droughts.


    • launching a Transatlantic IP Collaboration Coalition which will study the US and EU policy approaches to enforcement, education and consumer awareness and offer suggestions for future cooperation.  There will be a joint roundtable in Brussels for SMEs on June 16th and the U.S. Chamber will host, in February 2009, a conference where the results of the study will be released. U.S. Chamber also part of the TEC and TABD IP processes.


    • continuing their enforcement and education efforts in Russia which is centered on supporting their WTO accession and creating a bilateral dialogue.

     

     

     

     

Discovery AmCham Kyrgyz Republic #3/2008

 

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