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California’s Legal Battle with Net Neutrality

ACA CONNECTS v BONTA: CALIFORNIA’S LEGAL BATTLE WITH NET NEUTRALITY, EXPLAINED By Tanuj Dayal (also available as a .pdf) On January 28, 2022, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (“Ninth Circuit”), in the case of ACA Connects v. Bonta[1], affirmed the decision of the United States District Court [...]

Civil Society and Industry Opposition to SHOP SAFE in the Final COMPETES Legislation

On 3 May 2022, a coalition of 38 civil society organizations, trade associations, and companies wrote to U.S. Congressional leaders to share their collective opposition to H.R. 5374, the Stopping Harmful Offers on Platforms by Screening Against Fakes in E-commerce (SHOP SAFE) Act.  IP Justice joined in this diverse coalition letter to warn against the [...]

IP Justice Requests USTR Take Canada Off the Special 301 “Naughty” List

IP Justice responded to a question posed from the USTR to IP Justice regarding its submission in the 2022 Special 301 Annual Review Process. Specifically, the USTR asked IP Justice to answer: What has changed in the past year that warrants Canada’s removal from the Special 301 List? IP Justice stated that Canada did not [...]

Misguided INFORM ACT Creates Opportunity to Abuse Competitors in Online Marketplaces

Controversial Bill Inserted into COMPETES Act Threatens Privacy Rights and Entry of New Participants By Alyssa Aguilar On October 5, 2021 Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) and Congressman Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) introduced the INFORM (Integrity, Notification, and Fairness in Online Retail Marketplaces for Consumers) Act.  This proposed legislation hopes to combat the online sale of stolen, [...]

SHOP SAFE: Ill-Considered Counterfeiting Bill Misses Mark

Making Online Marketplaces Liable for Contributory Trademark Infringement Will Harm Consumers By Alyssa Aguilar In an attempt to protect consumers from defective and unsafe counterfeit products online, Senator Coons (D-DE) introduced SHOP SAFE (Stopping Harmful Offers on Platforms by Screening Against Fakes in E-commerce Act of 2021) in May 2021. Representative Nadler (D-NY) proposed an [...]

IP Justice Comment to 2022 USTR Special 301 Annual Review Process

IP Justice Urges USTR to Consider Broader Policy Goals in Annual “Special 301” Process On 31 January 2022 IP Justice submitted a comment to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) via its “Special 301” annual review process, which evaluates other countries’ laws and practices regarding intellectual property rights.  Each year, the USTR’s [...]

IP Justice Participates at WIPO Committee on Development Meeting

From November 20th to 26th, 2021, IP Justice participated in the World Intellectual property Organization (WIPO) Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP)’s Twenty-Seventh Session. The WIPO General Assembly established CDIP in 2008 to convene all WIPO member states, NGOs/IGOs, and observers such as IP Justice to discuss intellectual property (IP) transfer and address the [...]

IP Justice Statement at WIPO Committee on Development and Intellectual Property’s 27th Session

IP Justice Statement at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP)’s Twenty-Seventh Session (20-26 November 2021) IP Justice urges the WIPO to provide more easily understandable resources for identifying available inventions in the public domain.  For the public to have greater access to the public domain inventions, they have [...]

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