Archive for August, 2007

Antitrust Law is ratified finally

After 13 years’ discussion and drafting, Antitrust Law is finally approved by the NPC. The Law targets at three antitrust acts: monopoly agreement, abusive market domination and anti-competition concentration of operators.

The Law obviously compromises on many key issues:

1. There is only one provision against abuse of intellectual property rights, which will not have substantive effect on present disputes.

2. Administrative monopoly is barely tackled.

3. The enforcement system is also strongly attacked. No centralized enforcement is established. The Antitrust Commission of the State Council is only a coordinating body.

http://news.sina.com.cn/c/2007-08-31/050713783631.shtml

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ATRIP 2007 Congress has ended

26th International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP) Congress took place in Buenos Aires from July 16th to July 18th, 2007. The Congress attracted more than 300 hundreds IP and researchers from all five continents. The high-quality presentations impressed all the participants. The congress website is at http://www.atripbuenosaires.com.ar/ing/programa.asp.>>

An Yale ISP fellow, Hong Xue, presented on “Copyright Maze in Distance Education” and was re-elected as the Member of ATRIP’s Executive Committee (Exco). Among nine Exco Members, she is the only from Asia.

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