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Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu: A Rebel with a Cause

Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu: A Rebel with a Cause

Note: This is the fourth in GIPC’s series of “Women In IP” features in recognition of March as Women’s History Month. Read the first feature here, the second here, and the third feature here. Ethiopia is all about craftsmanship. Ethiopian craftspeople will spin indigenous plants, – cotton, hemp, or koba – or sew leather, or, famously, re-purpose used car […]

IP: The Roots of Innovation

IP: The Roots of Innovation

This article was originally published in Above the Fold on February 13, 2017. The United States has long been one of the most innovative nations on earth. Many of the technological breakthroughs and cutting-edge ideas that drive global economic growth come from our shores. So what sets us apart? The roots of American innovation can be found in […]

The Case for the TPP: Innovation to the World

The Case for the TPP: Innovation to the World

This article was originally published in Above the Fold on September 27, 2016. What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) all about? With debate over this 12-nation trade agreement now underway, the Chamber is publishing this series making the case for the TPP’s approval. This installment summarizes its provisions on intellectual property. The United States is “the innovation center of […]

A Step Back for Colombia

A Step Back for Colombia

Since March, the Colombian Ministry of Health (MoH) has pursued extreme actions that would essentially undermine the patent of innovative leukemia medicine, Glivec. In new developments today, Colombia took one more step toward coercing the patent holder, Novartis, to make the drug available at Colombia’s unilaterally reduced price. These disturbing actions erode the economic certainty […]

Olympics Inspire Stronger IP Protection Laws in Brazil

Olympics Inspire Stronger IP Protection Laws in Brazil

The weeks and months leading up to the Olympic games were dominated by headlines over everything from Brazil’s economic and political turmoil to concerns over the Zika virus. But one headline you probably didn’t read was praising the medal-worthy actions Brazil took prior to the games to protect intellectual property. Here are just a few […]