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Latest Available Text Of The CBD Decision On Access And Benefit-Sharing- from IP-watch August 22, 2008

Posted by mais in IP Systems.
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Note: the final decisions of convention on biological diversity governing body are available here

A decision on a way forward on a global access and benefit-sharing regime was reached at a meeting of the parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity from 19 to 30 May in Bonn.

The main body of the document describes steps needed to reach international consensus on the content of such a regime. Annex I of the document sets out a draft text for the international regime, and annex II contains terms of reference for expert technical and legal groups whose creation is mandated by the main text.

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Absence of Common Patent filing system in EU causes stear among the members and affected SMEs worst August 22, 2008

Posted by mais in EU, IP Systems, IPR Laws.
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Since 1970, European Union (then European Community) is trying to gain consensus on  the common patent filing  system. Till now an applicant has to filed application in all member countries in their individual language, which involved translations a costly affair for SMEs. However a proposal to file patent applications in English, French or German or in the official tongue of the country in which a firm is based, has spurt new controversy as French and Spanish are stuck to include their language as official language for any such system. Read more from Ip-watch

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